By Mike Norton
Oni Press, $19.99, 80 pages

Were-piracy is a disease that we need to do something about. The Curse is several entries for the 24-Hour Comic Day of 2009, 2010 and 2011 collected into one book. The first story is the origin story, followed by the pug helping a father rescue his baby, and then leaving with how the pug helped usher in the Apocalypse. The three stories are short, fun, and a nice break between heavy reading.

For light reading it works rather well; there are some great jokes, such as Jared the Goblin King showing up and some of the throwaway lines. The very concept of a pug that transforms into a pirate pooch is an incredible idea, especially when he turns paranormal investigator and then paranormal fighter. However, at 80 pages for $20 this is going to be a hard sell; Mike Norton may be an upcoming artist, but this is something he did over essentially three days and did not apparently re-do any of the artwork. It’s a great book, and you will definitely be laughing a lot, but the price tag may just be a bit steep.

Reviewed by Jamais Jochim