Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thor Summons Thee!

You wouldn't say 'no' to Thor would you? Of course not! Thor, Odin, Sif and the rest of the Asgardians could use a hand dealing with the likes of Loki, Hela and the other forces of Ragnarok - as embodied in Heroclix form, that is. Every Saturday at 12 Noon at Curious Comics Hillside, cosmic forces clash, dice are rolled and the fate of the universe is decided. But it's not all explosions, fisticuffs and drama - there are great Limited Edition Heroclix prizes, as well!

Our regular Heroclix events are always free to all participants! Players of all skill levels welcome; we'll have plenty of demo armies on hand for new players to borrow & try out. Don't keep Thor waiting... ask a Curious Comics staff member for more information today!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Angelic Layer Episode One


Junior High School student Misaki has just discovered the world of Angelic Layer - a hugely popular competition where players set their own custom-built robotic toys against others in public tournaments. Her interest in the game will help Misaki make new friends and face new challenges... as well as uncover a profound series of secrets about her own past, all hidden in the heart of the Angelic Layer arena!

The much-loved CLAMP team of manga creators - the incredibly talented people behind Magic Knight Rayearth, Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura and XXXHolic, among others - knock it out of the park once again with Angelic Layer. Like Chobits, there is a little something here for everyone; a bright, fast-moving storyline that deftly encompasses conspiracy, robot battles, high-school drama and a family of strong characters. And now thanks to the folks at the Anime News Network you can click on over to their website and check out the online streaming library of Angelic Layer episodes - free, gratis, and for nothing! Of course, if you get tired of watching the series in the confines of your computing environment, you can always head on down to your local Curious Comics and check out the Angelic Layer DVD Complete Series Box Set.

So, what are you waiting for? Those cartoons won't watch themselves! Get clicking!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pathfinder Miniatures!

The first wave of Pathfinder Miniatures has arrived at Curious Comics Hillside! Now you can add that little extra touch of verisimilitude to your campaign by fielding goblins that actually look like those crazy little critters you run into playing the Pathfinder Adventure Path series of modules. But of course it's not all goblins; look for more monsters, creeps, weirdos and all-new dynamic sculpts of your favourite Iconic Characters!

And, before long... the Pathfinder Red Dragon!!

Cool beans! Keep your eyes on the Reaper Miniatures rack at Curious Comics!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

First Read of the Week!

Guardians of the Galaxy #20

In the wake of a series of traumatic events, Moondragon is more than a little worse for wear, and the strain is definitely beginning to show. She's lost so much in the cosmos-shattering events shaking the Marvel Universe at large over the last couple of years - is she about to lose what little she has left?

Two of the most talented writers in mainstream comics, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, continue to deliver the goods in a book that has been reliably enjoyable since its launch just under two years ago. In a comic book landscape dominated by seemingly endless tie-ins that have only the most peripheral of content connections with the umbrella event of the day, Guardians and its related titles have formed a nice safe island of story-driven books that rarely disappoint. Even though this issue is touted as part of the greater Realm of Kings storyline, new readers should have no trouble getting up to speed. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #613
ARCHIE #603
ARKHAM REBORN #2 (OF 3)
ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 05 GHOST BOX
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #30
BLACKEST NIGHT #5 (OF 8)
BLOOD ENERGY POTION
BOYS TP VOL 05 HEROGASM (MR)
CHEW #6 (MR)
CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR)
CRIMINAL SINNERS #2 (MR)
DARK AVENGERS ARES #2 (OF 3)
DARK TOWER FALL OF GILEAD #6 (OF 6)
DARK WOLVERINE #80
DETECTIVE COMICS #859
FANTASTIC FOUR #573
GI JOE ORIGINS #9
GOON (OSW) #33
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #6
GREEN LANTERN #48 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
HALO HELLJUMPER #5 (OF 5) (MR)
HULK #17
I AM LEGION #6 (OF 6) (MR)
IMAGE UNITED #1 (OF 6)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #5 (OF 5)
INCOGNITO TP (MR)
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #138
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #20
JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #5 (OF 7)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #39 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #33
NEW AVENGERS #59
NEW MUTANTS #7 XN
POWERS #1 (MR)
PREVIEWS #255
QUEEN SONJA #2
SECRET WARRIORS #10
SON OF HULK #17
SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA #3 (OF 6)
STAR WARS LEGACY #42
SUPERMAN #694
SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #3 (OF 6)
TEEN TITANS #77 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
THOR GIANT SIZE FINALE (BY JMS) #1
TRANSFORMERS TALES O/T FALLEN #4 (OF 5)
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #4
UNCANNY X-MEN #517
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #2
WONDER WOMAN #38
X-MEN FOREVER #12

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

To Battle!

Your dungeon will never be the same! Yes, folks... it's the first two members of the Legion of Justice (and Caeke), Reaper Miniatures' limited series of four ultra-cutesy fantasy adventure characters benefiting the Child's Play Charity. Look for them on the shelves of your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics starting this week!





Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hammer of Thor!

The long wait for Heroclix fans is over at last - the new set, Hammer of Thor, is on the shelves at your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics! So far, this powerful new set has wowed pretty much everyone; great sculpts, nicely painted minis, and a wide array of powerful characters make this one a winner.

And now that Heroclix is back in production, that means tournaments are back as well! Swing by Curious Comics Hillside on Saturdays at 12 Noon and jump in on the game. Rare collectible Limited Edition Heroclix figures are up for grabs for both the top player and the Fellowship player! Ask a staff member for more info.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bring It!

One of the more inventive aspects of the official Organized Play Program for the Warlord CCG has always been the Overlord Challenge program. At the end of certain sanctioned tournaments, players have the chance to face off against a powerful Overlord deck... if a player wins against the Overlord, it's his to keep! But if the Overlord wins, the next player in line gets a shot - and the deck makes its way through the players at the event until the Overlord defeats everyone, or someone defeats the Overlord.

Produced toward the end of the Warlord CCG's lifespan at AEG and never unleashed on players in a challenge format, Overlord Helena Dascum was one of the harder-to-find Overlord characters in the game... until now that is! Starting Friday November 20 and continuing every Friday night until the end of the year, Helena will be answering challenges at Curious Comics Hillside! Come in, play a few games, and test your mettle against Helena... you never know, you might walk away with your own copy of the Overlord!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The New Face of Reaper's Warlord

The folks at Reaper Miniatures have not allowed the grass to grow under their collective feet in the months since the release of the 2nd Edition of their fast-paced skirmish game, Warlord... instead, they have drafted their most talented sculptors to put a new face on the game with a steady stream of impressive new figures for all factions. But you don't have to take my word for it; check 'em out for yourself! Here's a look at 14553: Arthrand Nightblade, Elf Sergeant; 14560: Kavorgh, Black Orc Warlord ; 14552: Sylph; and 14575: Tierdeleira, Dark Elf Priestess. Cool, no? Cool, yes! Visit the Reaper Minis website for more!





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

ADVENTURE COMICS #4 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612
ANGEL ONLY HUMAN #4 (OF 4)
AZRAEL #2
BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #6
BATMAN THE UNSEEN #4 (OF 5)
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #29
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #16
COWBOY NINJA VIKING #2 (MR)
DARK AVENGERS #11
DARK REIGN LIST AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ONE-SHOT
DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #5
DR HORRIBLE ONE SHOT (OSW)
FLASH REBIRTH #5 (OF 6)
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 21
INCREDIBLE HULK #604
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA 80 PAGE GIANT #1
MIGHTY AVENGERS #31
OUTSIDERS #24 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
PHONOGRAM 2 #5 (OF 7) SINGLES CLUB (MR)
PLUTO URASAWA X TEZUKA GN VOL 06
REALM OF KINGS
REALM OF KINGS INHUMANS #1 (OF 5)
SPIDER-WOMAN #3
STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #2 (OF 5)
STAR TREK TNG GHOSTS #1
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OLD REPUBLIC #47
SUPERGIRL #47
SUPERMAN BATMAN #66 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
TALISMAN ROAD OF TRIALS #1
TERRY MOORES ECHO #16
THUNDERBOLTS #138
TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #1
VICTORIAN UNDEAD #1 (OF 6)
WAR MACHINE #11
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #42
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #7
WORLD OF WARCRAFT #25
X-MEN LEGACY #229

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Michael Moorcock to write Dr Who!


Legendary fantasy novelist Michael Moorcock - author of hundreds of best-selling and genre-defining novels, among them Elric of Melnibone, the Chronicles of Corum, the Hawkmoon books, and many many more - seems set to write an original novel for the new Dr Who franchise.


In a post on his website, Mr Moorcock describes his longtime interest in the Who series, the many times he's been approached to write for the show, and why it worked out this time around. Interestingly, he also mentions his awareness of the Who series adopting many of the basic concepts of his novels, and how consequently writing for Who will not be much of a stretch.

As Mr Moorcock is one of my favourite writers, the news that he's set to inject a little of his particular brand of relentless originality into the Who-niverse is very welcome... but as the book is scheduled for release in December of 2010, we've got something of a wait on our hands. In the meantime, check out any of Mr Moorcock's recently re-released Elric of Melnibone collections, and/or the considerable library of Dr Who novels from BBC Books... all conveniently available at your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Galaxy Express 999: Episode One

In the distant future, young orphan Tetsuro is suddenly given a shot at achieving his dream of escaping dystopian Earth by a beautiful and mysterious stranger named Maetel - who offers him a ticket for the incredible interplanetary passenger train, the famous Galaxy Express 999. Tetsuro jumps at the chance, and soon Tetsuro and Maetel are traveling through the stars, meeting a wide array of strange people on wild journeys of their own. But it isn't long before Tetsuro discovers that Maetel isn't exactly telling him the whole truth about her past or her motives in helping him. What has Maetel really planned for Tetsuro, and can he hope to survive it?

From legendary anime and manga master Leiji Matsumoto comes one of the classics of the sci-fi genre, Galaxy Express 999! First broadcast in Japan in the late 1970s, GE999 was one of the first anime series to find a global audience... and now, thanks to those clever people at Anime News Network, you can watch the entire run of GE999 online! Fast, free and perfectly legal. What could be better? Get clicking!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Night Fight!

You work hard all week, and come the weekend you just want to blow off a little steam - and is there a better way to do it than by beating the tar out of your buddies? Of course not! Well, the Warlord CCG understands, and is there for you.

Inspired by the world's most popular RPG, Warlord is a d20-based fantasy combat game where players build their own custom army with their choice of fighters, wizards, rogues or clerics from factions like Elves, Dwarves, or the Free Kingdoms. Now available in ready-to-play sets, it's never been easier to jump in the game.

Stop by Curious Comics Hillside on any Friday night and give the fan-favourite Warlord CCG a shot - the game takes just minutes to learn, and you'll be in the melee swinging your two-handed sword around before you know it. Decks, rules, friendly opponents and free prize cards will be on hand. See you there!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arriving Today (Thursday) @ Curious Comics!

ACTION COMICS #883
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #611
ANGEL #27
BATGIRL #4
BATMAN #693
BATMAN AND ROBIN #6
BATMAN DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL #1
BOOSTER GOLD #26 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
BPRD 1947 #5 (OF 5)
CABLE #20
DAREDEVIL #502
DARK X-MEN #1 (OF 5)
DEADPOOL #17
DMZ #47 (MR)
DOCTOR WHO ELECTRONIC SONIC SCREWDRIVER
DR WHO MAGAZINE #414
FABLES #90 (MR)
GI JOE #11
GI JOE MOVIE SNAKE EYES #2
GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #26
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
HELLBOY WILD HUNT #8 (OF 8)
JSA VS KOBRA #6 (OF 6)
PHONOGRAM 2 #5 (OF 7) SINGLES CLUB (MR)
PUNISHERMAX #1 (MR)
REALM OF KINGS IMPERIAL GUARD #1 (OF 5)
REBELS #10 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
RED ROBIN #6
STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES PREM HC
STAR TREK ROMULANS SCHISM #3
STAR WARS CLONE WARS #10
STAR WARS PURGE SECONDS TO DIE ONE SHOT
STRANGE #1 (OF 4)
SWORD #1 (MARVEL)
TANK GIRL SKIDMARKS #1 (OF 4)
TITANS #19
TRANSFORMERS CONTINUUM (ONE-SHOT)
TSUBASA GN VOL 24
UNWRITTEN #7 (MR)
USAGI YOJIMBO HC YOKAI
VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #3
WALKING DEAD #67 (MR)
X-FORCE #21
X-MEN FOREVER #11

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Remembrance Day Hours

Just a quick reminder -- Curious Comics will be open on Remembrance Day (Wednesday November 11) from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This week's new comic shipment will arrive on Thursday November 12.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Kings of War!

The easiest way to increase your collection of battle-ready miniatures has arrived! The first wave of the Kings of War, a new series of plastic miniatures from Mantic Games, features an array of armoured infantry, spearmen, archers, heralds, beasts, commanders, war machines, and even dead and injured soldiers - all fully customizable to your army's requirements. Best of all, the Kings of War line won't put a strain on your wallet... penny for penny, these are some of the most affordable gaming minis on the market. Drop by your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics and check them out for yourself!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

First Read of the Week!

Age of Reptiles: The Journey #1

Dawn breaks over a sprawling forest in the Cretaceous... a dawn far colder than its peaceful, forest-dwelling herbivores can comfortably tolerate. The weather is changing, and it's time for the able-bodied to migrate south; but the trek is a dangerous one even when massive herds band together, for while there is safety in numbers, numbers also draw attention, and the carnivores -- including a ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex -- are moving in!

After a hiatus of waaay too many years, Richard Delgado returns to his Eisner Award-winning series, Age of Reptiles. Told entirely in pictures, Delgado's evocative art draws the reader in and keeps him suspended in the life and death struggles of the creatures that dominated the Earth in aeons past. A treat for comics fans of all ages by an acknowledged master of the genre!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

AIR GEAR GN VOL 14 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #610
ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS
ASTONISHING X-MEN #32
BATMAN THE UNSEEN #3 (OF 5)
BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #3 (OF 6)
BLACK WIDOW DEADLY ORIGIN #1 (OF 4)
BOYS #36 (MR)
BOYS HEROGASM #6 (OF 6) (MR)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #30 ADAM HUGHES CVR
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #30 JEANTY CVR
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #4 (OF 6)
CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #1 (OF 6) (MR)
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #15
D GRAY MAN GN VOL 15 (MR) (C: 1-0-1)
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #899
DOOM PATROL #4 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
END LEAGUE #9 (OF 9)
GEARS OF WAR #10 (MR)
GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #4 (OF 6)
HAUNT #2
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #19 (MR)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #4 (OF 5)
JONAH HEX #49
KILL AUDIO #2 (OF 6)
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #155
LOBO HIGHWAY TO HELL #1 (OF 2)
MARVEL ZOMBIES EVIL EVOLUTION
MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #1 (OF 8)
NANA TP VOL 19 (MR) (C: 1-0-1)
NEGIMA GN VOL 24 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
NOVA #31
OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB TP VOL 13 (C: 1-0-1)
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO #4
PSYLOCKE #1 (OF 4)
SECRET SIX #15
STAR WARS INVASION #5 (OF 5) (C: 1-0-0)
STRANGE TALES #3 (OF 3) (MR)
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #9 (OF 12)
SWEET TOOTH #3 (MR)
TORCH #3 (OF 8)
TSUBASA GN VOL 23 (C: 0-1-2)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #4
VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 08 (C: 1-0-1)
WARLORD #8
WITCHFINDER IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS #5 (OF 5)
X-MEN ORIGINS ICEMAN
X-MEN VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 (OF 2)
XXXHOLIC GN VOL 14 (C: 0-1-2)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Name is Legion, For I Am Arcane

Arcane Legions is the new fast-paced miniatures combat game from the minds behind Mechwarrior, Mage-Knight, Pirates and Heroclix - and, just like those other games, Legions is fast, fun, affordable, and ready to play straight out of the box!
In short, Arcane Legions the only fantasy miniatures combat game for the casual gamer currently on the market. So if your schedule doesn't allow for painting dozens of minis in preparation for a weekly game night, stop by Curious Comics Hillside on any Friday evening and give Arcane Legions a test run!

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