THE ENEMY LIES WITHIN
The Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) is no stranger to keeping secrets, but some of their agents may be hiding one secret too many. A big, evil, “cut off one head, two more will take its place” type of secret. Yup, Hydra has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. – and it’s hiding inside this S.H.I.E.L.D. ring too!
This is a classy ring made for a double-agent who happily gets paid to both save and destroy the world. The outside of this sterling silver ring is all standard-issue S.H.I.E.L.D., with the logo imprinted on the top and sides. It’ll show everyone you’re trained in the art of thwarting global threats. But inside the ring is another story! On the backside of the top S.H.I.E.L.D. logo is the familiar Hydra logo, showing you’re also a proud member of a shadowy organization bent on world domination. It’s a secret you can wear against your finger where no one will see it and rat you out to Maria Hill! (Oops. Spoilers?) Now when you’re greeting other double-agents, you don’t have to do the obvious hug-and-a-“Hail” maneuver – just slip off your ring and flash them a hint of tentacle! Or you can leave the ring in its custom ring box, which unfolds into a display case. Each ring comes with a certificate of authenticity lined in gold foil, though we didn’t look to see if Hydra has also certified it. Somehow we don’t think they like leaving a paper trail….
For our customers with nickel allergies: This item has a rhodium coating.
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