Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review - Crosswind #1 (@ImageComics)


"So, you know, good job, I guess."

A crosswind is any wind that cuts across a direction of travel. The effect is usually that it blows a traveler off course as it pushes them sideways. It's an extremely applicable as a title as well, as best evidenced by Crosswind #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Gail Simone, illustrated by Cat Staggs and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review - Bankshot #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"Now, I'm going to tell you a story."

The saying goes that war is hell. War is also profitable for many which is why so many countries seem ready to jump right in. It's only profitable for certain people, however, and Marcus King in Bankshot #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one of those people. The issue is written by Alex de Campi, illustrated by ChrisCross, colored by Snakebite Cortez and lettered by de Campi.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review - Grave Wax #1


"Sleep thou, sleep, and away with thy sorrow."

Every town comes with its own legends and myths. Most of them surround the concept of a family's legacy intertwined with the town's. In Grave Wax #1, the intersection of family legacy and myth is where the story happens. The issue is written by Heather Palmer and illustrated/lettered by Allan MacRitchie.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assassin's Creed: Origins Gameplay Preview


The folks at IGN were cool enough to get some hands-on time with Assassin's Creed: Origins and nice enough to post it on YouTube for all to see. Enjoy it after the jump.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review - Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"...from their perspective, my clients are living in perfect accordance with the ideal of America..."

It's no surprise that in today's America there are fringe groups walling themselves off and maintaining their own belief system. Optimistically, those belief systems don't venture too much further out and cause a standoff with the government at large. In Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 from Dark Horse Comics, it's pretty inevitable that's exactly what will happen. The issue is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Mack Chater, colored by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spider-man PS4 Trailer (@insomniacgames)


It's been a while since Spider-man found his way onto a console in a game that was worthwhile of his name. That's looking to change in 2018 when Insomniac Games releases Spider-man for PS4. It's a long wait before then and for now it's all about peeping the trailer and reveling in it. Check it out after the break.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review - The Divided States of Hysteria #1 (@ImageComics)


"...finally found their exceptionalism soured..."

It's no surprise that the 2016 US Presidential election was one fraught with surprise and emotion, both of which permeates down to the American society at large. Different people have different takes on the aftermath and one of the more unfiltered ones is that in The Divided States of Hysteria #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin, colored by Jesus Aburtov and lettered by Ken Bruzenak.

Assassin's Creed Origins Trailer



After taking a year off to regroup, Ubisoft looks to be getting down to business for real in Assassin's Creed Origins. The game hits October 27 and will be the first entrant in the series to be showcased in stunning 4K. Check out the trailer after the jump and prepare your eyes for the visual feast.

Microsoft Debuts Xbox One X (@Xbox)


Microsoft kicked off E3 2017 in full effect by finally dropping the details on its upcoming beast of a console: Xbox One X. The console was previously touted as Scorpio by just about everyone and now players know the real information behind the upcoming beastly console. The Xbox One X packs 40% more power than any other console that delivers what looks to be pretty stunning 4k gaming. The HDR and Atmos support are really just added bonuses.

Microsoft also got the memo about the console being a games console, to which end they showcased a record 42 games including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small. The lineup included “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Crackdown 3,” Minecraft, “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” “Sea of Thieves,” “State of Decay 2,” “Tacoma,” “Cuphead,” “Super Lucky’s Tale” and much more.

Peep the launch video and full press release below. The console hits shelves on November 7 for $499.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review - Things You Shouldn't Remember #1 (@DarbyPopComics)


There are things you try very hard to remember, things such as grocery lists, appointments, etc. There are other things you may remember that you don't really know why you're remembering them, such as song lyrics for instance. Unlike in Things You Shouldn't Remember #1 from Darby Pop Publishing, remembering the latter in your daily life won't get you killed. The issue is written and lettered by Luis Roldan Torquemada, illustrated by Mariano Eliceche and colored by Angel Lidon.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review - Magnus #1 (@DynamiteComics)


AI is nice when it can turn on your lights or warm your house before you get home. AI isn't so nice when it thinks it's better than you and wants to do something about it. That's where having someone like Dr. Kerri Magnus in Magnus #1 from Dynamite Comics is very helpful. The issue is written by Kyle Higgins, illustrated by Jorge Fornés, colored by Chris O'Halloran and lettered by Taylor Esposito. The Turok back-up story written by Chuck Wendig, illustrated by Alvaro Sarrasecca, colored by Triona Farrell and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review - Transience


Attacks on the public are nothing new and--sadly--happening more and more often. The consequences are often more physical in nature, but there are definitely more lasting psychological effects as well. In Transience, one such effect is anterograde amnesia. United Kingdom is written by Ricardo Mo and illustrated by Alberto Muriel, United States is written and illustrated by Natash Alterici, Republic of Ireland is written by Sam Read and illustrated by Cian Tormey, Australia is written by Ryan K. Lindsay and illustrated by Mark Lauthier, Italy is written by Kristen Grace and illustrated by Alex Diotto, United States (second) is written by Eric Grissom and illustrated by Will Perkins and Spain is written by Ben Kahn and illustrated by Bruno Hidalgo.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review - Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 (@ImageComics)


Venturing in the woods means you may encounter some wildlife. Deer, rabbits and chipmunks are the nicer ones you can encounter, but sometimes you'll come across a bear. Punching it in the face is rarely a good idea, but if you're the Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 from Image Comics, it's all you know. The issue is written by Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner, illustrated by Nil Vendrell Pallach, colored by Michael Spicer and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review - Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Outer Dark #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


Dealing with the occult requires a special type of person. Joe Golem is such a person and his experience in dealing with things that are supernatural and out of this world. In Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Outer Dark #1 from Dark Horse Comics, Joe Golem's latest case might be a bit different than he's used to. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, illustrated by Patric Reynolds and colored by Dave Stewart.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review - Rapture #1 (@ValiantComics)


But the thing is always--and I mean always, prophesying doom and gloom."

Geomancers are some of the most powerful characters created, but even they need some help every now and then. In Rapture #1 from Valiant Comics, the last geomancer Tama is seeking out an unusual group of individuals for help. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by CAFU, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - Mass Effect: Discovery #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"...we found a hostile surprise waiting for us when we touched down."

Life throughout the galaxy largely depends on what alien race you've managed to upset for whatever reason. And there's a lot of that in the Mass Effect series as players delicately balance tough choices with alien political relations. In Mass Effect: Discovery #1 from Dark Horse Comics, making those decisions drives the story. The issue is written by Jeremy Barlow (story by Barlow and John Dombrow), illustrated by Gabriel Guzman, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Wonderland: Birth of Madness (@Zenescope)


"There dwelled a land where peace ruled...and dreams became reality."

Based on its name, Wonderland implies that things are cheerful, happy and full of wonder. While that may be the case most days, there are other days when things aren't so nice. Wonderland: Birth of Madness from Zenescope is one of those days. The issue is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Renzo Rodriguez, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review - Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 (@ImageComics)


"Daph! Hook me up wid a twenny 'a that quality broccoli!"

Getting involved in the drug trade comes with highs and lows (no pun intended), some of which involve violence. The entire game is predicated on supply and demand and that brings with it a need for force sometimes. In the case of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 from Image Comics, that force comes from three young women and a pair of magic socks. The issue is written and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, colored and lettered by Justin Stewart.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review - Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 (@ValiantComics)


"You have never been a farmer at all."

When you're immortal you tend to see a lot. And because you see a lot, you're forced to remember a lot which means you could forget other things. In Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 from Valiant, Gilad Anni-Padda forgets one of the most important things he can forget: who he is. The issue is written by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Renato Guedes, colored by Ulises Arreola and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review - Medisin #1 (@ActionLabDanger)


"Health care for supervillains. What a concept, huh?"

Being an employee typically brings with it the benefit of health care. That plan can take care of you when you're injured without breaking your wallet. If you're a superpowered individual though, finding someone who can take care of you besides a confidant can often be tricky. In Medisin #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone, some villains find a solution. The issue is written by Jeff Dyer and Mark McKeon, illustrated by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Pereyra and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review - Bubblegun Volume 2 #1 (@AspenComics)


"But how? With our luck we'll be human traffickers by the end of the week."

The future is one full of potential. Flying cars, neon signs everywhere and the potential for criminal capers. Bubblegun Volume 2 #1 from Aspen Comics offers all of the above. The issue is written by Mark Roslan, illustrated by Angel Tovar, colored by Peter Steigerwald and Federica Bee and lettered by Zen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review - Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"The war had barely ended, and it was about to begin anew."

The role of knight is one filled with honor and respect. It's not often that you're both a knight and something less knightly, such as a thief. Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 from Dark Horse Comics is fine with that dichotomy. The issue is written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, illustrated by Fernando Heinz Furukawa, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review - Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion (@DynamiteComics)


"...and our only salvation is a devil."

Red Sonja is someone who gets things done. And generally speaking, she offers her services at a very fair price depending on the magnitude of the opponent she's being asked to square off against. In Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion from Dynamite Entertainment, her reward for fighting a massive demon isn't what you'd expect. The issue is written by Erik Burnham, illustrated by Tom Mandrake, colored by Mohan and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review - Secret Weapons #1 (@ValiantComics)


"Bring me a champion for your next soak."

Comics have a tendency to glamorize what it means to have superpowers. There are plenty of instances where characters contend with a moral crisis as a result of their abilities, but by and large the fact that they have abilities is still a point of enjoyment. Secret Weapons #1 from Valiant is an example of characters with abilities and no glamour. The issue is written by Eric Heisserer and illustrated by Raúl Allén and colored by Patricia Martin.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review - Real Science Adventures #1 (@IDWPublishing)


War breeds fascinating relationships and dynamics. The bonds forged during battle are often everlasting and lead to groups of individuals who essentially form running crews. The Flying She-Devils are a running crew forged from war and they're into something a little different in Real Science Adventures #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Brian Clevinger, illustrated by Lo Baker and Wook Jin Clark, colored by Anthony Clark and lettered by Jeff Powell.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review - Predator: Hunters #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


Aliens are out there. Right now they're not really bothering us, but if/when they arrive on Earth it could be something we have to contend with. One of the most prolific aliens in media is the Predator and the character has made a name for itself by terrorizing other civilizations. The tables are turned in Predator: Hunters #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Chris Warner, illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Review - There's Nothing There #1 (blackmaskstudio)


The lifestyles of the rich and famous are something that very few everyday people can really fathom, primarily because they seem so unattainable. A lot of what goes with that culture is an approach to life rife with hedonism. Sometimes that hedonism leads to perverse after-effects that could border on supernatural as in There's Nothing There #1 from Black Mask Studio. The issue is written by Patrick Kindlon, illustrated by Maria Llovet and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Review - No World #1 (@AspenComics)


"The entire incident lasted exactly sixty seconds."

What do you get when you cross a hitwoman, a fairy and a mercenary? Certainly not a fun buddy comedy. Aspen Comics has something different in mind for No World #1. The issue is written by Scott Lobdell, penciled by Jordan Gunderson, inked by Mark Roslan and Charlie Mok, colored by JUANCHOo and lettered by Zen.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review - Ravage #1


"Sorry, I don't deal anymore."

Criminals have a tendency to do things that are largely selfish. There is some regard for others around them, but it's generally extended as far as those around them can offer them something they need. That theory is put to the test in Ravage #1. The issue is written by Damian S. Simankowicz, illustrated by Greg Woronchak, colored by Mike Stefan and lettered by Primal Arhcetype.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review - Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (@DarkHorseComics)


"Oh, pilot, 'tis a fearful night--"

Having a giant demon-hand comes with benefits. It also comes with a lot of responsibility, in that there's a lot of fear on the part of those around you as to whether or not you mean them harm. Hellboy has lived with that reaction his entire life, but it doesn't make him any less qualified to handle an array of situations. Those situations include being captured by a pirate ship in Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni, illustrated by Gianni, colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Clem Robins.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review - The Greatest Adventure #1 (@DynamiteComics)


"To say I was in trouble makes me guilty of considerable understatement."

Tarzan is pretty much a known entity. It helps that the most recent attempt at rebooting him as a film franchise came out recently, but there's a lot more to the legend of the character that has endured. There are quite a few other characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs that may not be as well known to modern day readers. Dynamite Entertainment is looking to change that in The Greatest Adventure #1. The issue is written by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Cezar Razek, colored by Daniela Miwa and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review - Plague #1 (@Markosia)


"This valley smells of...death."

In the history of the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pandemic as devastating as that of the Black Plague (unless you're playing the game Pandemic and are wiped out around the fourth turn). The disease destroyed families and debilitated countries/kingdoms, paying no attention to the affected. Markosia posits that the plague would have even affected fairies in The Plague #1. The issue is written by Dennis Magee Fallon and Jason Palmatier, illustrated by Zach Brunner and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review - Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 (@ValiantComics)


"King Arthur lay at Camelot upon a Christmas-tide..."

Back in the day, Marvel was always a big fan of the "What if" scenarios where they would take characters out of their element and put them in strange--but intriguing--situations. Those stories always stretched the imagination of the reader as it allowed the norm to be subverted in the name of the abstract. Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 from Valiant Comics is a worthy mention in that category of what if. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Cary Nord with Clayton Henry, inked by Mark Morales and colored by Brian Reber.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review - Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1 (Grenade Fight, Inc.)


"I don't recall the boat being ablaze when we left it..."

An adventurer's lifestyle isn't quite what it used to be. There are still adventurers for sure, but a lot of the glamour that comes with being such a person has sort of fizzled out. That changes in Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1 from Grenade Fight, Inc. The issue is written by Andrew Maxwell and Peter Miriani, illustrated by Mauricio Alvarez, colored by Derek Dow and lettered by Bernardo Brice.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review - Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"Maybe nobody's home?"

Aliens are out there. Whether or not they're as terrifying as James Cameron makes them out to be remains to be seen. That mythos does lend itself well to terror and Dark Horse Comics is all about that terror in Aliens: Dead Orbit #1. The issue is written and illustrated by James Stokoe.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review - Black Cloud #1 (@ImageComics)


"The future will always be dark."

One thing that's guaranteed about humans is that we're always looking for some way to escape. It may be some aspect of our life we're not keen on or we just need a break, there's something to be said about getting away for whatever reason. It's very rare that the "away" is a parallel dimension full of animal gangsters. Image Comics has a world like that in Black Cloud #1. The issue is written by Ivan Brandon (story by Brandon and Jason Latour), illustrated by Greg Hinkle, colored by Matt Wilson, color flats by Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review - The Courier #1 (@zenescope)


Rebuilding after a worldwide disaster is a tall order that requires people to pull together. Despite this, there will still be some who are content to hole up and let the rest of the world continue to suffer. That leaves a void that needs to be filled by someone like Eve in The Courier #1 from Zenescope. The issue is written by Ralph Tedesco, illustrated by J.G. Miranda, colored by Bryan Valenza and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review - Jughead: The Hunger #1 (@ArchieComics)



The concept of an unknown killer prowling the streets at night and being a mild-mannered citizen by day certainly isn't new. Just like knowing Jughead likes to eat A LOT isn't entirely new. Knowing that Jughead might be a combination of both of the above statements might be news though, but it's pretty fun to read about in Jughead: The Hunger #1 from Archie Comics. The issue is written by Frank Tieri, illustrated by Michael Walsh, colored by Walsh and Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Review - Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1 (@blackmaskstudio)


"What kind of scum would attack a ship full of refugees?"

The vastness of space lends itself to adventure. In the middle of a lot of the stranger adventures is Capitan and his journeys continue in Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1 from Black Mask Studio. The issue is written by Fabian Rangel, Jr., illustrated by Alexis Ziritt and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review - Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 (@DynamiteComics)


"That's quite a dream, but as you can see, I'm not burned to ashes."

Adventuring has its ups and downs, but you can't really complain about the travel. And when you're traveling to exotic locales in search of missing heroes while being one of the most renowned adventurers in the world is even better. In Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 from Dynamite Comics, Doc Savage is that adventurer. The issue is written by David Avallone, illustrated by Dave Acosta, colored by Morgan Hickman and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review - Agent 1.22 #1


"I have so much more to give."

There's an inevitability to the future that we'll have robots. These robots will either help or hurt us and some of them will even become capable soldiers and spies. Agent 1.22 in the aptly named Agent 1.22 #1 is one of those robots. The issue is written by Stephan Nilson, illustrated by Doug Shuler and lettered by Charles Pritchett.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review - Beautiful Canvas #1 (@blackmaskstudio)


"...go kill someone and I'll give you lots of money."

The life of an assassin can be a glamorous one at times. Other times though, the weight of the assassination can weigh pretty heavy on the assassin. Further complicating that weight is if the assassin has a life outside of assassinations like Lon Eisley in Beautiful Canvas #1 from Black Mask Studios. The issue is written by Ryan K. Lindsay, illustrated by Sami Kivela, colored by Triona Farrell and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review - Tomorrow (@BHP_Comics)


"...hello?"

Life is pretty hard. It's easier when you have someone to help you through it. Whether it's a spouse or a child or a relative, just knowing that there's someone else to care for makes things a little less lonely. That applies even in a world where there's nobody left except you as in Tomorrow from Black Hearted Press. The issue is written by Jack Lothian, illustrated by Garry Mac, flats by Greg Watt and colors/lettering by Dha Nazir and Kirsty Hunter.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review - Diablo House #1 (@IDWPublishing)


"Bottom line: things aren't always what they seem."

IDW Publishing is a business, but that doesn't mean it can't be creative and/or charitable. In their latest partnership with Humble Bundle they've offered something a little different in the form a comic by the publisher's CEO/Publisher Ted Adams. That offering is Diablo House #1. The issue is written by Ted Adams, illustrated by Santiperez, colored by Jay Fotos and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review - Divinity III: Escape from the Gulag #1 (@ValiantComics)


"My name is Obediah Archer. And...I am a criminal."

You'd be hard-pressed to find an odder couple than Archer and Armstrong throughout all of comics. The two couldn't be any different from one another, but they share an almost unbreakable bond that makes any situation manageable. That bond is even stronger in Divinity III: Escape from the Gulag #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Francis Portela, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review - All New Soulfire #1 (@AspenComics)


"Feels good to get away, don't it?"

To live in a world filled with magic is a dream for some and a nightmare for others. A lot of that depends on how those with the powers react to those without. In All New Soulfire #1 from Aspen Comics there's a good mix of responses. The issue is written by J.T. Krul, illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Zen.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review - Vampirella 2017 #1 (@DynamiteComics)


"But...there's something...underneath it all.

Vampirella is a pretty fascinating character who's gone up against all manner of big bad in her history. There's still plenty of room though for her to explore new sides of herself and the world in general. Dynamite Comics is offering a new take in Vampirella 2017 #1. The issue is written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton and lettered by Travis Lanham.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review - Grass Kings #1 (@boomstudios)


"So let me tell you, this ain't a place you take to lightly."

History has a way of leaving people behind as those who fail to adapt are potentially doomed to become irrelevant. There are still pockets of peoples around the world content to live the way those before them lived, despite the fact that the world seems to move on without them. The citizens in Grass Kings #1 from BOOM! Studios are a prime example. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Tyler Jenkins and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Review - American Gods #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"One day the magic door would open and he would walk through it."

When you're Neil Gaiman you get a lot of attention. And rightfully so, as much of his work is unparalleled in all of literature. One of his best-known works in American Gods is about to get the screen-treatment and the comic treatment in American Gods #1 from Dark Horse Publishing. The issue is written by Neil Gaiman, script and layouts by P. Craig Russell, art by Scott Hampton and letters by Rick Parker ("Somewhere in America" by Russell and Lovern Kindzierski).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review - Royal City #1 (@ImageComics)


"Sometimes I wonder if it was hard growing up in Royal City...or just hard growing up."

Talk to anyone and they'll likely tell you that they came from a small town. Growing up in a small town typically means you know a lot of people, but "getting out" can be a challenge. Still, there's something about the small town mentality that always draws people back and Royal City is such a town in Royal City #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Steve Wands.