YOUR NEW FAVORITE BACKPACK
We sell a lot of superhero backpacks. And here’s the thing: we talk about how superhero costumes rarely leave enough space to carry stuff, but we can’t imagine most superheroes wearing a backpack, even when they’re their alter-egos, let alone out “supering.” Batman is the obvious exception. And Deadpool, yes. Clark Kent in Smallville, but teen Clark doesn’t really count, now, does he?
However, Spider-Gwen totally rocks out the backpack. Backpack. Hoodie. Sneakers. Girl’s all about practicality. Now in the comic book, she doesn’t wear a backpack with her own design on it – that’s more of a Deadpool kind of move (Hello Kitty backpack nothwithstanding). But you can, ’cause we made one.
This backpack looks like Spider-Gwen’s costume, complete with hot pink and pastel blue web accents and lining. We dig the white polyurethane upper, first, because it’s shiny, and second because we suspect it will help keep our comic books dry when we’re afflicted by our own poor planning. The interior has a section for your tablet or laptop, but we wouldn’t rely on this bag’s water repellency for your electronics, especially not if you’re using them to track the exotic resonances of various Spider-Beings in the Spider-Verse. You’re gonna end up losing Spider-Ham, and then you’ll be sad. We don’t want to be responsible for that.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope