Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

  • ADVENTURE COMICS #9
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #627
  • ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK FOUR #3 (OF 4)
  • BLACKEST NIGHT #8 (OF 8)
  • DARK WOLVERINE #84 SIEGE
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #863
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #577
  • GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #10
  • JACK OF FABLES #44 (MR)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #43
  • JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #37
  • KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #2
  • NEW MUTANTS #11 SIEGE
  • PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #5 (OF 5)
  • PREVIEWS #259 APRIL 2010
  • RASL #7 (MR)
  • STAR WARS LEGACY #46
  • TEEN TITANS #81
  • TERMINATOR #1 (OF 3)
  • TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #5
  • WOLVERINE ORIGINS #46
  • WONDER WOMAN #42
  • X-FORCE #25
  • X-MEN FOREVER #20
  • X-MEN SECOND COMING #1 XSC
  • XXXHOLIC GN VOL 15
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Monday, March 29, 2010

This Looks Like A Job For...!

Wizkids has let Heroclix players in on how the all-new 'Alter Ego' mechanic will work for certain characters in the upcoming DC Heroclix: Brave and the Bold Booster Set. Featuring linked figures like Superman/Clark Kent, Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Batman/Bruce Wayne, players will be able to field low-cost secret identity versions of their favourite superheroes, and take advantage of the new ability to swap them out for their costumed versions later in the game.

Click here to visit the Wizkids/NECA website and get the whole story!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Watchmen Heroclix: First Look!

Here it is -- your first look at Rorschach, Ozymandias and Nite Owl, all from the upcoming Heroclix Watchmen Boxed Set! These guys are part of the 25-figure set slated for release later this summer, and will be packaged with the Comedian, Silk Spectre, Doctor Manhattan and other characters from the best-selling superhero saga of all time.

Start practicing your scratchy-voiced Rorshach impression now!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Twilight is Here!

The new manga version of the best-selling vampire romance saga set a new sales record for graphic novels in America when it was released last week... which should be no surprise to anyone paying attention to the sales juggernaut that is the Twilight phenomenon! Adapted by Korean artist Young Kim and vetted by author Stephanie Meyer, the book seems to be pleasing fans with its reinterpretation of the early days of the love story between vampire Edward and young human Bella.


Do you have your copy yet? Twilight: The Manga is now on sale at Curious Comics!

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Big Heroclix Skinny

This week, the head honchos of the NECA/Wizkids partnership have taken the opportunity to speak to the assembled masses at GAMA - that's the big gaming industry trade show happening in Las Vegas as we speak - and let everyone in on their plans for Heroclix for 2010 and beyond. We've already heard announcements concerning the upcoming release of the DC Heroclix: Brave & the Bold Booster Expansion, and the DC Heroclix: Blackest Night Starter Set, as well as the addition of a War Machine figure to the Free Comic Book Day lineup and the completely unexpected Watchmen Collector's Set -- so what did they have up their sleeves for GAMA? As it turns out, quite a lot!

The first big news comes in the shape of Marvel Heroclix: Web of Spider-Man, a 60-figure themed set featuring your friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler and his gallery of kooky enemies, in addition to characters and plot-twists from the Dark Reign and Siege storylines currently dominating the Marvel Universe.

After that, look for the DC Heroclix: 75th Anniversary Set, bringing the long history of the DC Universe to your gaming table -- from the Golden Age straight up to the yet-to-be-published Brightest Day. Word is we might even see a White Lantern Sinestro buy-it-by-the-brick bonus figure... watch this space for news as it becomes available!

We also had word that the late, lamented Halo Action Clix game is about to stage a comeback, tying in to this fall's release of Halo Reach. There was no word as yet about the return of Wizkids' Pirates CSG... but with Heroclix, Halo Action Clix, and even Horrorclix returning to stores under the NECA banner, can the hugely popular Pirates be far behind?

NECA/Wizkids finished up by promising at least 3 new boardgames slated for later this year -- designed by some of the biggest names in the business, built around popular licenses and featuring prepainted miniatures at their core. All in all, 2010 looks to be a banner year for Clix fans!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

First Read of the Week!

Amazing Spider-Man #626

Spider-Man has been through the wringer lately -- seems like every single one of his old villains has been coming out of the woodwork to ruin his day! Electro, Vulture, Rhino... and now the Scorpion! You don't think it has anything to do with the Gauntlet story arc, do you?

Spidey tails a suspicious-looking creep to a secret midnight meet organized by the Hood, where the criminal mastermind has invited New York's nastiest to participate in a no-holds-barred cage match -- with the super-powered suit of the original Scorpion as the prize! But add another Scorpion to the mix, and things are about to get complicated for our favourite wallcrawler!

Any time atmospheric artist Michael Gaydos gets a headline assignment like Amazing Spider-Man, it's worth a look. His gritty style is perfect for characters like Spidey and Daredevil, even though it seems he rarely gets a shot at them. Gaydos also tackles the colouring duties this week, and it almost looks as if he's borrowed the palette from Ralph Bakshi's original Spider-Man cartoon, letting loose with wild reds and splashes of orange that dominate the pencils and set the mood. Filling the word balloons, Fred Van Lente delivers a rapid-fire script that keeps Spidey cracking wise and the larger Gauntlet arc moving. Good radioactive-spider-powered fun!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #626
  • ANGEL #31
  • ANGEL SPECIAL LORNE (ONE SHOT)
  • ARCHIE WEDDING TP ARCHIE IN WILL YOU MARRY ME
  • AVENGERS INITIATIVE #34 SIEGE
  • BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #10
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #604
  • DEADPOOL #21
  • FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #3 (OF 4)
  • GI JOE #16
  • GREEN LANTERN #52 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
  • GUILD #1 (OF 3)
  • HALO BLOOD LINE #4 (OF 5) (MR)
  • HAUNT #6
  • MARVELS PROJECT #7 (OF 8)
  • MIGHTY AVENGERS #35 SIEGE
  • NEMESIS #1 (OF 4) (MR)
  • NEW AVENGERS #63 SIEGE
  • POWER GIRL #10
  • PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #4 (OF 5)
  • QUEEN SONJA #5
  • SECRET WARRIORS #14
  • STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #5 (OF 5)
  • SUPERMAN #698
  • SUPERMAN BATMAN #70
  • THOR #608 SIEGE
  • THUNDERBOLTS #142 SIEGE
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #522
  • X-FACTOR #203
  • X-MEN ORIGINS NIGHTCRAWLER #1

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Spider-Man!

Is he strong? Listen, bud - he's got radioactive blood! (Which you wouldn't always necessarily put in the 'plus' column, but here it works.) Yes, it's that watershed moment in superhero mass media, the iconic Spider-Man cartoon that crashed onto TV screens everywhere in 1967. Courtesy of animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi (who would go on to make films like Wizards, Lord of the Rings and Cool World), the first Spider-Man cartoon introduced kids everywhere to the adventures of the web-headed wall-crawler and his kooky arch-enemies. And now you can catch the excitement all over again -- just by clicking here and following the link to the Marvel Comics website, where they have very thoughtfully hosted a huge run of the Spider-Man cartoon (alongside other gems like the seriously nutty live-action Japanese Spider-Man TV show!).

Wealth and fame? He's ignored! Action is his reward... and now it's your reward too, just for a few easy mouse clicks! Have fun!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mouse Heroes to the Rescue!

What, you say that evil sorcerer Ratface of Stinkerton has stolen your village's magical wedge of Swiss Cheese? Never fear, as famed adventurers Stilton Agedright, Warrior Mouse and his good friends Softpaw the Mouse Ranger, Sneaky Cheesewire the Mouse Rogue, and Edam Greymouse, accomplished Rodent Wizard, are here to solve the case!

That is, they will be -- just as soon as those talented folks at Reaper Miniatures release the upcoming boxed set of mouse-sized heroes. Everyone together now -- awww!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

First Read of the Week!

Guardians of the Galaxy #24

The Guardians have had a rough time over the last few months, losing many of their number to the evil necromantic shadow-self of Adam Warlock -- the malevolent entity known as Magus. Mantis, Major Victory, Gamora, Martyr and Cosmo have all been lost... or have they? If they're all dead, then who is fighting the Matriarch of the Church of Universal Truth to a standstill on Sacrosanct? And maybe more importantly... what do these supposedly deceased Guardians have to do with the resurrection of one of the most dangerous beings in history?

Kings of all things cosmic in the Marvel Universe, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning keep on delivering the goods in one of the most reliable titles on the stands. Newcomer artist Wes Craig is making these characters his own on every page. All this, plus: the best superhero pick-up line ever! You'll know it when you read it. ;)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #625
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 (MR)
AVENGERS VS ATLAS #3 (OF 4)
BAMBOO BLADE TP VOL 04
BATMAN #697
BOOSTER GOLD #30
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #32
CHOKER #2 (MR)
DARK AVENGERS #15
DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #9
DOCTOR WHO SONIC SCREWDRIVER LED FLASHLIGHT
DOOMWAR #2 (OF 6)
FABLES #93 (MR)
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS #4 (OF 9) FIREFLY PART 1 (MR)
GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND #1 (OF 6)
GREEN ARROW #31
GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE #1
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
GROO HOGS OF HORDER #4 (OF 4)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #24
HERCULES FALL OF AN AVENGER #1 (OF 2)
HULK #21 FOH
INCREDIBLE HULK #608 FOH
IRREDEEMABLE #12
JOE THE BARBARIAN #3 (OF 8) (MR)
MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 05
NATION X #4 (OF 4)
NOVA #35
PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #3 (OF 5)
SIEGE #3 (OF 4)
SIEGE EMBEDDED #3 (OF 4)
SPIDER-WOMAN #7
SUPERGIRL #51
SUPERMAN 80 PAGE GIANT #1
SUPERNATURAL BEGINNINGS END #3 (OF 6)
TITANS #23
TWILIGHT MANGA GN VOL 01 (OF 2)
VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #6
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #45
X-23 #1
X-FACTOR FOREVER #1
X-MEN LEGACY #234

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hard Travelin' Heroes!

Two best friends, just as they appeared in one of the most fondly-remembered comic book series of the 1970s -- that would be Green Lantern/Green Arrow, by industry legends Denny O'Neill and Neal Adams, just in case you haven't guessed already -- are coming to rock your Heroclix table! This is just the latest in a series of previews for the upcoming DC Heroclix: Brave and the Bold set, due to hit Curious Comics shelves about halfway through April.

So start practicing with that boxing glove arrow, polish up your fanciest shiny ring and drop by Curious Comics Hillside on any Saturday at 12:00 noon for a few rounds of super-powered Heroclix mayhem. We've got everything you need, including friendly opponents and Limited Edition prizes for participants. Sounds good right? Of course it does! See you there!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

First Read of the Week!

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #8

Spider-Man and his amazing friends -- in the Ultimate Universe, that's Iceman and the Human Torch, for anyone who's not paying attention -- are here for the birth of a brand new Ultimate hero, as they continue to chase mainstream Marvel Universe mainstay Rick Jones through his debut story!

Chosen by the mysterious Watcher to defend Earth against an impending world-shattering threat, Rick Jones has been granted incredible powers he doesn't have the first idea how to control. Throw in Spider-Man, Iceman, Johnny Storm and the Serpent Society and you have the most chaotic first day on the job any freshly minted superhero could want. All brought to you courtesy of regular Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis and guest artist Takeshi Miyazawa. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

ACTION COMICS #887
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #624
BATGIRL #8
BATMAN AND ROBIN #10
BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #5 (OF 6)
BOYS TP VOL 06 SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY (MR)
BPRD KING OF FEAR #3 (OF 5)
CABLE #24
CARS #2 (C: 1-0-0)
COMPLETE ALICE IN WONDERLAND #3 (OF 4)
CRIMINAL SINNERS #5 (MR)
DARK X-MEN #5 (OF 5)
DAYTRIPPER #4 (OF 10) (MR)
ESCAPE FROM WONDERLAND #5
EX MACHINA #48 (MR)
GI JOE ORIGINS #13
HELLBOY TP VOL 09 WILD HUNT
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #23 (MR)
JUSTICE LEAGUE RISE AND FALL SPECIAL #1
POWERS #3 (MR)
PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #2 (OF 5)
PUNISHERMAX #5 (MR)
RED ROBIN #10
RED SONJA WRATH OF THE GODS #2 (OF 5)
SECRET SIX #19
SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON #1 (OF 3)
TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE #4
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #8
UNWRITTEN #11 (MR)

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Twilight: The Manga

Because legions of fans demanded it!! The love story between the innocent teenager Bella and the handsome vampire Edward comes to new life in the first of a two-volume adaptation of Twilight! Writer Stephenie Meyer has personally made certain that this manga adaptation reflects her vision of the best-selling Twilight saga, and the unique art by Young Kim is guaranteed to impress even the most jaded graphic novel reader.

Scheduled to hit the shelves at Curious Comics on Tuesday March 16, this one's a guaranteed blockbuster! Ask a Curious Comics staff member how you can reserve your copy today!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Best Anime You've Never Seen

It won seven awards at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, including Animation of the Year. It also won an Award of Excellence from Japan's Association of Media in Digital (AMD) at the 15th Annual AMD Awards; the Gertie Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the Sitges Film Festival; an award for new media from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Animation Division Grand Prize at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival; and yet another Award of Excellence in Animation at the 33rd Japan Academy Prizes. This is Summer Wars -- easily one of the most successful and highly acclaimed anime films of the last decade. So why haven't we seen it in North America?

The brainchild of Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto -- the team behind the highly acclaimed anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time -- Summer Wars is an epic science fiction adventure packed with wild ideas, a large cast of unique and likeable characters, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Even though Summer Wars has been received around the world with rave reviews and is slated for DVD release in many countries, it seems like North America is the last audience market to lay a claim to the film. I'm guessing it may have something to do with a conflict of licensing rights stemming from Warner Brothers' involvement in distribution of the film overseas -- something that may have prevented Manga Entertainment from securing the distribution rights to the North American market when they secured a Summer Wars DVD agreement for UK audiences.

Well, whatever arcane forces may have conspired to keep this amazing film from our shores, it can't last forever. Keep an eye out for a release date for this title -- hands down, the anime film of the decade!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Archie Gets Married - and Collected!

The story of Archie Andrews' crazy time-traveling marriages to first Veronica -- and then Betty -- was a runaway best-seller and the first true must-read comic book story of the year. And here comes the whole story, every chapter -- including the surprise epilogue from Archie #606 -- collected in a convenient bookshelf format. Scheduled to hit the shelves this March, no true comic book fan's library should be without one! Ask a staff member how you can reserve a copy today!

Friday, March 5, 2010

On Sale Now @ Curious Comics!

New on the shelf at Curious Comics - Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook 3, Harrowing Halls Dungeon Tile Set, and the Hammerfast Adventure Module!

Player's Handbook 3
expands the range of options available to D&D players with new classes, races, powers, and other material. Harrowing Halls offers Dungeon Masters an easy and inexpensive way to include great-looking terrain in their games. Finally, Hammerfast presents a fully detailed, ready-to-use dwarven town, complete with secret locations, maps, adventure hooks, monster and NPC statistics, ready-to-play encounters, and a full-color, double-sided battle map. The book is perfect for Dungeon Masters looking for an intrigue-laden adventure location that fits instantly and easily into their existing D&D campaigns.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

First Read of the Week!

Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1

Dynamite Entertainment's launch of the new Green Hornet franchise begins here! It's been years since the costumed crimefighter known as the Green Hornet - together with his sidekick Kato - spent his nights breaking organized crime rings in his home town of Century City. Eventually satisfied with his career as a vigilante, newspaper magnate Britt Reid hung up his colourful cape and trademark fedora ages ago... but fast-forward 20 years, and Century City isn't the place it used to be. Is it time for the Green Hornet to return...? And if it is, who will be under the mask?

Illustrated by Dynamite mainstay Kevin Lau and based on the unproduced script for Kevin Smith's feature film version of classic pulp crimefighter The Green Hornet, this miniseries re-introduces audiences to the adventures of one of the most successful superhero characters of the 20th Century. But this is only the first of Dynamite's new family of Green Hornet titles -- keep an eye out for Matt Wagner's take on the vigilante's early adventures in Green Hornet: Year One, as well as the worst the future has to throw at an all-new version of the Hornet in Brett Matthews' The Green Hornet Strikes!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

Please note: not all items may be available at all three stores. Ask a staff member for details.

ADVENTURE COMICS #8
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #623
ANGEL #30
ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK FOUR #2 (OF 4)
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #42
BLEACH TP VOL 30
BOYS #40 (MR)
BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 06 RETREAT (
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #33
CHEW #9 (MR)
CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #5 (OF 6) (MR)
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #19
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #895
DETECTIVE COMICS #862
FALL OF HULKS SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1 (OF 3)
FIRST WAVE #1 (OF 6)
GI JOE #15
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #24
JACK OF FABLES #43 (MR)
JONAH HEX #53
JSA ALL STARS #4
JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #7 (OF 7)
KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #1
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #159
MASS EFFECT REDEMPTION #3 (OF 4)
MIGHTY AVENGERS #34
ONE PIECE TP VOL 34 - 38
PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #1 (OF 5)
PUNISHER MAX BUTTERFLY #1 (MR)
SPAWN #196
STEPHEN KINGS N #1 (OF 4)
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #5
ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #1
WARLORD #12
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #11

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