Monday, May 31, 2010

Drac's Back!


Dig out that garlic, sharpen up those stakes and arm yourself with the holy symbol of your choice -- Count Dracula is coming back in a big way, courtesy of Boom! Studios and prolific writer Kurt Busiek. In a press release this week, the folks at Boom! let us in on their plans to return the King of the Vampires to monthly comics in his first ongoing series since Marvel's undisputed 70s classic, The Tomb of Dracula. The new book, subtitled The Company of Monsters, finds the Count targeted by one of the world's most powerful corporations... but they don't want to kill him, they want to buy him! Is the Count really for sale... or have they bitten off more than they can chew? (I know, I know, that was awful... but somebody had to say it!)

This uniquely modern spin on the classic horror icon will be hitting the shelves at Curious Comics this August. You can read all about Dracula: The Company of Monsters in the press release from Boom! Studios or in the latest copy of Diamond Comics Previews - now available at Curious!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flash Gordon joins Dynamite Comics!

The canny folks at Dynamite Comics have announced that Flash Gordon, legendary hero of the funny pages, will soon be starring in his own monthly title! It's still too early to tell who might be involved on the creative side of things, but I figure the safe money is on superstar writer/artist (and possibly the biggest Flash Gordon fan in the known universe) Alex Ross to be behind the book on some level. Flash joins Buck Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Green Hornet and The Phantom as part of the already-impressive Dynamite Comics lineup.

Look for more info on Flash Gordon later this year!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

You Like Free Comics, Right?

Sure you do! That's why you've probably already checked out the selection of free Virgin Comics titles offered by Liquid Comics on the Scribd.com website. Stars of Virgin's spotlight on comic book creators, stories and myths from India, you'll find stunningly illustrated gems from writers like Shekar Kapur and Deepak Chopra. If you missed them the first time around, this is your chance to read up on titles like Devi, Sadhu, Snakewoman, Ramayan 3392 AD, and Deepak Chopra's Buddha.

What are you waiting for? There are some awesome comics on the other side of those links! Get clicking & start reading!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Carcassonne: Bridges, Castles & Bazaars

Carcassonne: Bridges, Castles & Bazaars

The new expansion for the best-selling and much-loved tile game is now available at Curious Comics! Traveling peddlers come into the country and organize bazaars, where haggling as art is performed. At the same time, engineers with new bridges drive road construction and small castles are built everywhere to secure the region. Just what you needed to make medieval life more interesting for all your little Meeples in Carcassonne!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Zombie Dice Out Now!

OK, so - you're a zombie. You want braaains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies. Most importantly, you want as many brains as you can lay your moldy hands on without getting shot to little zombie pieces by pesky zombie hunters.

From the creators of the best-selling Munchkin series of games, Zombie Dice is a fast and easy dice-based zombie-fest for two or more players that will have you snatching brains and ducking buckshot like an expert in no time flat. Check out the flash-based demo on Steve Jackson Games website, and I think you'll get the idea pretty fast.

And it's just in time for Zombie Awareness Month, too! Zombie Dice is available now at Curious Comics!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #632
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #37
ANGEL #33
BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #2 OF(6)
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34
CHOKER #3 (OF 6) (MR)
DARK WOLVERINE #86
DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #11 (OF 13)
DETECTIVE COMICS #865
DOOMWAR #4 (OF 6)
FANTASTIC FOUR #579
GI JOE HEARTS AND MINDS #1
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #12
GREEN LANTERN #54 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #48 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES ANNUAL LAS VEGAS
GUILD #3 (OF 3)
INCORRUPTIBLE #6
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 12 STILL STANDING
JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #2 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE OF ARSENAL #3 (OF 4)
KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #4
MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #3 (OF 5)
POWER GIRL #12
PREVIEWS #261 JUNE 2010
SECRET AVENGERS #1
SECRET WARRIORS #16
STAR WARS INVASION RESCUES #1 (OF 6)
STAR WARS LEGACY #48
SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #4 (OF 4)
TEEN TITANS #83
TERMINATOR #3 (OF 3)
THANOS IMPERATIVE IGNITION #1
THOR #610 SIEGE EPILOGUE
THUNDERBOLTS #144 HA
TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #7
ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #4 (OF 4)
WIZARD MAGAZINE #226
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #48
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #13
WONDER WOMAN #44
X-FORCE #27 XSC
X-MEN ORIGINS EMMA FROST #1 (MR)
X-MEN SECOND COMING REVELATIONS BLIND SCIENCE #1

Click here for the complete list!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cthulhu Dice Are Here!

Time to grab those cultist robes, dust off your copy of Elder Signs for Dummies and head for that bed and breakfast in Innsmouth! The Great Cthulhu has sent an instrument of his strange and unknowable will to dismantle the minds of humankind... and this time, he decided to throw in a few laughs while he was at it. What a nice guy!


Cthulhu Dice lets you drive your rivals mad - very, very quickly. Players take turns rolling the big custom 12-sided die - practically crawling with with tentacles, Elder Signs, and other fun things to make your brain itch. Destroy your opponents' sanity - or better yet, steal it for yourself (that stuff don't grow on trees, you know!). But watch out for the Great Cthulhu himself - when he shows up, he swipes sanity from everyone in sight! The last sane cultist wins... unless everyone goes mad together. Then Cthulhu wins!


Cthulhu Dice is the latest release from the nutty folks at Steve Jackson Games, and is small enough to fit comfortably on the shelf between your copy of the Necronomicon and a box of Munchkin Cthulhu. Wow, they thought of everything, didn't they?

Space Hulk: Death Angel Card Game Coming Soon!

Genestealers have infested a remote Space Hulk... and a small squad of Space Marines have been sent to purge this hideous alien threat. The odds are overwhelming and survival is unlikely... any volunteers?


Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game is a cooperative card game set in the grim universe of Warhammer 40,000. Players must work together as an alien menace threatens to devour their hopes of survival -- if all Space Marines perish, the players collectively lose... but if at least one of the surviving Space Marines completes the objective, everyone wins!

Look for Space Hulk: Death Angel on the shelf at Curious Comics later this summer!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Manga Spotlight: Saturn Apartments Volume One

Saturn Apartments Volume One

Far in the future, humans have evacuated the earth and now reside in a gigantic structure that rings the planet, 35 kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. When Mitsu's father, a lowly window washer, disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

Creator Hisae Iwaoka combines detailed art with this clever and original coming-of-age story to produce a very strong opening volume in this new character-oriented sci-fi series. Highly recommended!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back to the Future Card Game Announced!

Not a dream! Not a hoax! Soon you will be able to jump into the action of the classic Back to the Future movies with an ingenious new time travel card game! Play as the descendants of Marty McFly, Biff Tannen, Doc Brown and others from the trilogy, as you travel back in time to make sure that pivotal events from the films are not changed by other time travelers before time travel itself gets un-invented.

Back to the Future is coming your way from the clever folks at Looney Labs, the award-winning game designers behind hits like Fluxx and its many iterations, Chrononauts, and the Treehouse stacking game. Using a unique, patented game mechanic for simulating time travel, your chance at getting into the driver's seat of the famous DeLorean comes your way this fall!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Magic CCG: Deck Builder's Toolkit Available Now!


All the essential components for building your own customized Magic: The Gathering CCG decks are now available in one convenient package! Featuring 100 basic land cards, 125 semi-random game cards, a storage box, a beginner's guide to deck-building and four 15-card booster packs from a selection of recent Magic CCG expansions, the Deck Builder's Toolkit is quite possibly the most useful invention since the cotton ginny. Get yours at your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics today!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here Come Mantic's Dwarven Ironclads!

Here's a quick look at Mantic Games' soon-to-be-released Dwarven Ironclads! Featuring all the essentials for a front-line formation, the Ironclads are made to descend on their enemies with hammers and axes swinging. Supplemented with musicians and standard-bearers, these guys report to the battlefield prepared to face the worst your opponent has to offer.

What's more, you get all this Dwarfy goodness without breaking your budget -- Mantic's affordable miniatures are cast in high-quality low-cost plastic, allowing you to assemble a fearsome fighting force without making you slay an evil credit card bill in the process!

Also on the way are the soon-to-be-named Dwarven Artillery Regiments, currently the stars of a contest sponsored by Mantic and the folks at the gaming-miniature-centric forums dakkadakka.com. At present the preferred name for these guys seems to be Dwarven Sharpshooters, but if you can come up with a better name for a bunch of dwarves with rifles and crossbows, then stop by this thread on dakkadakka and post your suggestion before May 24... your idea just might get picked and snag you a $200 prize package!

As for me, the only question I have left is... where do I get the dog??

Naruto CCG: Will of Fire Starters & Boosters!

Here comes the latest set for the hugely popular Naruto CCG! This set is a great starting point for new players to join -- featuring straightforward rules for sealed or draft tournaments as well as simplified effects and game mechanics. Look for cards featuring the Akatsuki hunt of Tailed Beasts by Hidan and Kakuzu; Naruto learning the Wind Style: Rasen Shuriken Jutsu; childhood versions of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura and much more from the world of Naruto!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

  • AGE OF HEROES #1 (OF 4)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS AMERICAN SON #1 (OF 4)
  • AMERICAN VAMPIRE #3 (MR)
  • ATLAS #1
  • AVENGERS #1
  • AVENGERS #1 I AM AN AVENGER BLANK CVR VAR
  • AVP THREE WORLD WAR #4 (OF 6)
  • BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #12
  • BRIGHTEST DAY #2
  • CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 08
  • DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER #1 (OF 5)
  • DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #1 (OF 10)
  • DEADPOOL #23
  • ENTER THE HEROIC AGE #1
  • EX MACHINA #49 (MR)
  • GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS #6 (OF 9)
  • GI JOE #18
  • HAUNT #7 (MR)
  • HELLSING TP VOL 10 (OF 10)
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #26
  • JOE THE BARBARIAN #5 (OF 8) (MR)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #45 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  • KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #162
  • LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1
  • MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #6 (OF 8)
  • ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS #1
  • SPIRIT #2
  • SUPERMAN BATMAN #72
  • SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #3 (OF 4)
  • SUPERNATURAL BEGINNINGS END #5 (OF 6)
  • TRANSFORMERS LAST STAND O/T WRECKERS #5
  • ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #2
  • WALKING DEAD #72 (MR)
  • X-FACTOR #205 XSC
  • X-MEN LEGACY #235 2ND PTG LAND VAR
  • X-MEN LEGACY #236 (XSC)
  • ZATANNA #1

Click here for the complete list!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Munchkin Update!

The folks at Steve Jackson Games have announced that, starting with the next production run of Munchkin, the best-selling card game will now be printed in full colour and come packaged with a custom six-sided Munchkiny die. Now you'll be able to kill the monsters, steal their stuff and stab your buddies in the back without wondering exactly what colour that Duck of Doom really is. You lucky people!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Curious Comics, Now With More Twits!

Uh... I mean, Now With More Tweets! That's right, Curious Comics is now on Twitter. Now you can keep track of what's happening minute-by-minute at your favourite comic book shop -- new releases, quick reviews, sales, news and more! You can find our page here or by searching Twitter for Curious Comics.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Zombie Awareness Month is Here!

It's not a matter of if a zombie plague is coming... it's a matter of when! In case you didn't know, May is the official Zombie Awareness Month as sponsored by the brainboxes at the Zombie Research Society. Arm yourself against the shambling threat with the most effective weapon available -- knowledge! -- by dropping by your local Curious Comics and checking out our wide selection of fine zombie informational products.

Look for Robert Kirkman's best-selling Walking Dead graphic novels, eminent zombologilst Max Brooks' exhaustively researched Zombie Survival Guide, Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (now available as a graphic novel) and Twilight Creations' award-winning zombie apocalypse practical training kit -- also known as the Zombies!!! Board Game.

Spread the word... zombies are dangerous! Stay alert & stay safe!

Friday, May 14, 2010

First Look at Heroclix: Web of Spider-Man!

Looks like it's going to be a busy summer for the folks behind the blockbuster superhero miniatures game, Heroclix! First up there's the Marvel Heroclix: Iron Man Classics series, followed by the DC Heroclix: Blackest Night Starter Game and the Watchmen Heroclix Collector's Set... but they don't stop there! Marvel Heroclix: Web of Spider-Man is on the way, bringing tons of new and classic characters from the wall-crawler's wacky world to your gaming table. Here's a sneak peek...

Umm... my money's on the big red guy! Look for Web of Spider-Man to hit store shelves this August!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

SHIELD #1 Second Printing Available Now!

Here's your second chance at getting in on the ground floor with one of the most inventive Marvel Comics series I've read in ages -- Jonathan Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D.!

If you think S.H.I.E.L.D. is all about a cranky guy with an eyepatch fighting HYDRA, then think again. This is the untold story of a secret organization that has been around for thousands of years, defending Earth from all kinds of extraterrestrial threats -- the Celestials, the Brood... even Galactus himself. On the front lines: Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, the Pharoah Imhotep, Zhang Heng and many more of humanity's greatest minds. This is the biggest story to hit the Marvel Universe in years -- don't miss out!

The second printing of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is now on the shelf at Curious Comics!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

  • ADVENTURE COMICS #11
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #631
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #1 (OF 5)
  • BATGIRL #10
  • BATMAN #699
  • BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 (OF 6)
  • BIRDS OF PREY #1 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  • BLACK WIDOW #2
  • BOOSTER GOLD #32
  • BPRD KING OF FEAR #5 (OF 5)
  • DARK AVENGERS #16 (SIEGE)
  • DAYTRIPPER #6 (OF 10) (MR)
  • DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #893
  • DOC SAVAGE #2
  • EX MACHINA TP VOL 09 RING OUT THE OLD (MR)
  • FABLES #95 (MR)
  • FALLEN SIEGE
  • FIRST WAVE #2 (OF 6)
  • FLASH #2 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  • GREEN HORNET STRIKES #1
  • HEROIC AGE PRINCE OF POWER #1 (OF 4)
  • HULK #22 WWHS
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #609 (WWHS)
  • IRON MAN LEGACY #2
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #1 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  • MARVELS PROJECT #8 (OF 8)
  • NEW AVENGERS FINALE #1 (SIEGE)
  • NEW MUTANTS #13 (XSC)
  • PRIDE PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES GN
  • PUNISHERMAX #7 (MR)
  • SIEGE #4 (OF 4)
  • SIEGE EMBEDDED #4 (OF 4)
  • STAR TREK MCCOY #2
  • SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #2 (OF 4)
  • SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 01 OUT OF THE WOODS (MR)
  • TITANS VILLIANS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1
  • TRANSFORMERS IRONHIDE #1
  • ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10
  • UNWRITTEN #13 (MR)
  • WOLVERINE #900
  • X-FACTOR FOREVER #3

Click here for the complete list!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

We've just learned that Frank Frazetta, the incredibly talented artist whose fantasy and science fiction paintings helped shape the genre throughout the last half of the 20th century, has passed away in a hospital in Pennsylvania. He was 82. He leaves behind a mountain of incredible paintings, and I think it's safe to say that he will be missed by legions of fans around the world... myself included.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Ghost Who Walks... Walks Again!

Dynamite Comics -- the clever folks behind many successful revivals of classic adventure characters including The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Red Sonja, Buck Rogers and the Green Hornet -- have added a new Golden Age titan to their pantheon!

The Phantom
-- long the mythical scourge of pirates in and around the jungle country of Bangalla -- is undoubtedly one of the most popular superhero characters ever created. With almost 80 years' worth of daily newspaper strips, multiple comic book series, an animated series, a video game, a theatrical film and a TV movie on his resume, The Phantom has rewarded legions of fans with decades of adventure. Now, Dynamite Comics teams up with superstar creator Alex Ross, writer Scott Beatty and artist Eduardo Ferigato to bring us the next chapter in the Phantom's history... the ominously-named The Last Phantom! Even though we've only seen two preview images it already looks like an impressive overhaul of the Ghost Who Walks.

Scheduled to launch in August, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further announcements on this one -- it looks guaranteed to get people talking!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Settlers of Catan - On Sale Now!

That's right, it's everyone's favourite multiplayer boardgame -- with all the farming, mining, trading and road-building you can handle -- and it's on sale now at Curious Comics! For a limited time, frugal shoppers can grab a copy of the core set of the award-winning Settlers of Catan for the stunningly low price of $29.95! Don't miss out... who else is going to take care of all those sheep? Grab yours ASAP!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #630
  • ANGEL BARBARY COAST #2
  • ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #1
  • AVENGERS ORIGIN #2 (OF 5)
  • BATMAN AND ROBIN #12
  • BOYS #42 (MR)
  • BRIGHTEST DAY #1
  • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #35
  • COMPLETE ALICE IN WONDERLAND #4 (OF 4)
  • D GRAY MAN GN VOL 17 (MR)
  • DARK TOWER TP GUNSLINGER BORN
  • DEADPOOL CORPS #2
  • DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 X MARKS SPOT
  • GI JOE ORIGINS #15
  • HALO BLOOD LINE #5 (OF 5) (MR)
  • HELLBOY IN MEXICO OR DRUNKEN BLUR ONE SHOT
  • HOUSE OF MYSTERY #25 (MR)
  • INCORRUPTIBLE #5
  • IRREDEEMABLE #13
  • IZOMBIE #1 (MR)
  • JONAH HEX #55
  • JSA ALL STARS #6
  • KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #161
  • ONE PIECE TP VOL 44-48
  • RED ROBIN #12
  • RED SONJA WRATH OF THE GODS #4 (OF 5)
  • SAYONARA ZETSUBO SENSEI GN VOL 06
  • SECRET SIX #21
  • SPAWN #197
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-GIRL #1
  • STEPHEN KINGS N #3 (OF 4)
  • SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1 (OF 4)
  • TSUBASA GN VOL 26
  • ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #2
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #524 XSC
  • VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #8
  • WARLORD #14

Click here for the complete list!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Top Book of the Week!

The Tale of One Bad Rat


Escaping the nightmarish trap of sexual abuse at home, young Helen Potter runs to the streets of London... where she gets caught up in a cycle of desperation, homelessness, hunger and fear. One of her most unlikely sources of support comes from across decades in the form of another Potter -- children's author and painter Beatrix Potter -- who, against all odds, may just be able to show Helen a way to escape the wreckage of her life and find her place in the world.

This is The Tale of One Bad Rat --the legendary Bryan Talbot's harrowing story of a young girl who must survive the worst modern society can throw at a person. The second most-requested graphic novel in American libraries (second only to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus), this new deluxe hardcover edition features a new foreword by Neil Gaiman, updated background material, and remastered full-colour artwork. The Tale of One Bad Rat is an essential component of any serious graphic novel reader's collection. Very highly recommended!

Get Yer Warlord On!

Arm up, soldier -- the new Warlord CCG set is out and it holds nothing back! The Sands of Oblivion expansion brings us to a wasteland where the Thessyrian Empire once fought an enormous battle with the sinister forces of the Chosen... and utterly decimated the surrounding countryside while they were at it. What could possibly live in this terrible place...? And, perhaps more importantly for our heroes -- what's the best way to kill it?

With its fast-paced gameplay and revolutionary combat system (which ought to be instantly recognized by any Dungeons & Dragons players out there), the Warlord fantasy card game has been an incredible success story since it first debuted in 2001. With seven powerful new decks featuring a single faction each, it's never been easier -- or more affordable -- to start playing Warlord! Ask a staff member for more information, or drop by Curious Comics Hillside on any Friday evening and check out our regular Friday Night Fight for yourself!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Free Comic Book Day!

What are you doing reading this? It's Free Comic Book Day! Get to your friendly neighbourhood Curious Comics ASAP and stock up on awesome free comic books while they last! See you there!

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