The Sony-heavy announcements out of Gamescom continues with news of a digital reader hitting the handheld PSP system later this year.

From The Guardian:

Launching in the U.S. and in key European territories including the UK this December (other PAL areas to follow next year), the first element of the service, ‘Digital Comics’, will allow gamers to download hundreds of new and classic comics from PlayStation Store to the console, via Wi-Fi connection.

Marvel was the premiere partner of note at today s announcement, with their X-Men and Iron Man comics making their way onto the digital reader.  Other publishers of note are heavily in the comics realm, but Sony is looking to other publications to round out the offering.

Will Sony’s digital reader save the printed comic industry?   At the very least, it should allow many of the video game comic book announcements (Halo and Modern Warfare 2 spring to mind) to find an extremely relevant home in the hands of avid comic book readers.