Indie Comic Review: The Curse

Mike Norton’s The Curse is unlike anything you have read before. No. Really. I’m serious.

How many times have you read a book where, when people are bitten they turn into pirates instead of zombies? And how many times have you read a book about a similarly cursed pug?

See? I wasn’t kidding!

The Curse was created over the course of three consecutive 24 Hour Comic days. What started out as a gag piece by Norton that was there just to fill up pages ended up being a wild and fun story which deserved two sequels!

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Curse is not highbrow entertainment. This thing is not going to earn an Eisner Award. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t successful in what is sets out to be: fun. The Curse is cover to cover fun. Whether you love pugs, pirates, or pure mayhem, there is something in The Curse for you.

But wait, there’s more!  Sleep deprivation and the threat of a ridiculous deadline must have made something snap in Norton, because there are references to both Rookie of the Year and Labrynth in the same book!  You don’t get that kind of random insanity from any old well-thought-out comic!

Fans of Mike Norton’s art from Battle Pug or It Girl and the Atomics (or Revival for that matter) may be a bit surprised by the loose feel of The Curse. However the quality of the art is remarkable given that it was all created in under 24 hours!   Norton’s normally tight lines are looser here (again, the man produced 24 pages in 24 hours!!!) but that adds a frenetic energy to them.  Just as the best horror movies of yore are enhanced by the shaky camera work and inadequate lighting, Norton’s Curse is a better book because he could not stop and worry over every line.

Oni Press has come through on their end produced a handsome edition in a landscape format.  This “widescreen” format allows Norton’s art to shine.  This book is the perfect introduction for people unfamiliar with Norton’s work, as well for his long-time fans.  It would make a perfect Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice present for friends and family as well.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy or two of

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