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Get Fast and Furiously Tanked with Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer’s The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #3

We’re beginning to think that the former sidekicks of TV’s biggest action star might be dummies, but we’ll learn for sure in The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #3Image Comics and Skybound have revealed a first look at the next issue of the critically acclaimed new series from Eisner Award nominees Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer.

Looking to increase their muscle to protect their scrawny necks, our trio of former sidekicks head to the world of underground fighting to recruit a former sidekick and martial arts prodigy. But then they all get drunk and it’s a mess, folks. But they’re PROBABLY getting closer to solving the mystery. We hope.

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #3  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 11:

  • The  Six  Sidekicks  of Trigger Keaton #3  Cover A by Chris Schweizer – Diamond Code JUN210248
  • The  Six  Sidekicks  of Trigger Keaton #3  Cover B by Rob Guillory – Diamond Code JUN210249
The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #3

It’s a duo of new releases including Truth & Justice #12

There’s two new digital comics on comiXology today! You can get a new digital comic from DC and Harlequin today! Get shopping or check out the email below.

Truth & Justice (2021-) #12

Written by Jeff Trammell
Pencils Rob Guillory
Inks Rob Guillory
Colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
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Red Hood battles against his worst fear…himself! Can he accept his place in life or will he become what he truly fears?!

Truth & Justice (2021-) #12

Emprisonnée par un serment

Written by Annie West
Art by Hiromi Ogata
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Après avoir perdu sa mère, Leila fut gardée captive pendant deux ans par son beau-père. Elle ne désirait qu’une chose : gagner la liberté. Elle l’obtient enfin lorsque son beau-père lui ordonne d’épouser Joss Carmody, un homme d’affaires. Cependant, ce dernier pense que ce n’est qu’une femme intéressée par l’argent. Bien qu’époux, leur cœur sont loin d’être unis, mais leurs sentiments commencent à changer après leur premier baiser. Leila commence à avoir espoir pour la suite, mais Joss, qui ne croit pas en l’amour, ne désire pas le cœur de sa femme…

Emprisonnée par un serment

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New Truth & Justice Highlights ComiXology’s New Releases Today

There are four new releases today on comiXology. Get new comics from Yen Press, Harlequin, and DC. Start shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Dead Mount Death Play #62

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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The fortune-telling shop is back in business! But one of the customers is giving the Corpse God some extremely bad vibes… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #62

La maîtresse d’Antonio Rossi

Written by Susanna Carr
Art by Satoru Nagasawa
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Isabella, une étudiante américaine en voyage à Rome pendant les vacances de printemps, rencontre Antonio par hasard en lui demandant le chemin. Attirés l’un par l’autre comme des aimants, ils vont finir par sortir ensemble après avoir passé la nuit dans le même lit. Mais cette idylle prend fin lorsqu’Antonio la rejette soudainement, sans aucune explication. C’est alors que Giovanni, le frère aîné d’Antonio, va apporter son soutien à Isabella. Tout en la réconfortant, celui-ci va lui proposer de boire pour oublier sa peine et c’est ainsi qu’Isabella va se retrouver impliquée malgré elle dans les querelles des deux frères, accusée d’infidélité ! Parviendra-t-elle à rétablir la vérité et reconquérir l’homme qu’elle aime… ?

La maîtresse d'Antonio Rossi

The Italian’s Inherited Mistress

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Housesitting in her isolated Scottish Highland childhood home, Isla learns of her sister and brother-in-law’s deaths six weeks after the accident.

As she attempts to process the news, she receives an unexpected visitor. The last time she’d seen her brother-in-law’s twin was at her sister’s wedding six years ago…

Barging into her childhood home with the force of a blizzard and his eyes blazing, Alissandru Rossetti demands to know when the affair with her brother-in-law began. Outside, the wind begins to howl…

The Italian's Inherited Mistress

Truth & Justice (2021-) #11

Written by Jeff Trammell
Pencils Rob Guillory
Inks Rob Guillory
Colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
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Trapped in his own nightmare, Red Hood battles against the Bat-Family and his former selves. Can he find a way to make his terrors work for him or will be trapped in his fears forever?

Truth & Justice (2021-) #11

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Today Features 10 New Releases from DC, Yen Press, Harlequin, and Noeve Grafx

There are ten new digital releases on comiXology featuring comics and manga from DC, Yen Press, Harlequin, and Noeve Grafx. Get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Truth & Justice (2021-) #10

Written by Jeff Trammell
Pencils Rob Guillory
Inks Rob Guillory
Colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Cover by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Rob Guillory
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A friend from Jason’s past is found dead in an alley, and the Red Hood is on the warpath for the killer. But in his pursuit, Jason finds himself facing down his own past and place within the Bat-Family. Can Jason outrun his demons or will they drag him back to the grave?!

Truth & Justice (2021-) #10

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 1

Written by Nanashi
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Nagatoro est en seconde. Pleine d’assurance, joueuse, moqueuse, elle se découvre un jour un passe-temps favori : martyriser son “Senpai”, lycéen de première timide et mal dans sa peau. Nagatoro taquine, agace, aguiche, va parfois trop loin… mais qu’a-t-elle vraiment derrière la tête ? Et si derrière ses moqueries elle cachait une véritable affection ? Et si finalement, ses farces permettaient à Senpai de s’affirmer ?

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 1

Dash To The Altar

Written by Ruth Jean Dale
Art by Akira Fujiwara
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Dara runs away to Las Vegas to elope against her father’s wishes, but she’s shocked when her fiancé ditches her before the wedding. Fate intervenes and she happens to meet Zane. Even though they’ve only just met, she can’t take her eyes off him. They get carried away while drinking and somehow wind up getting married! Zane Farley…is he the prince who has come to Dara’s rescue?

Dash To The Altar

Destin Sauvage

Written by Amanda Browning
Art by Kaoru Shinozaki
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Il y a cinq ans, Alix était une jeune mariée heureuse. Mais tout ce qu’elle croyait de leur amour s’est avéré être un mensonge. Le lendemain matin, Pierce, son mari, l’a épousée pour se venger de la famille d’Alix et a annoncé leur divorce après avoir pris la compagnie de son grand-père ! Lorsque Alix se remet de sa profonde douleur, Pierce revient cruellement. Étonnamment, il se présente pour offrir une aide financière alors que l’entreprise du père d’Alix est au bord de la faillite, mais à une condition : « Seulement si tu redeviens ma femme ». C’est vraiment impitoyable ! Est-il revenu pour la tourmenter ?

Destin Sauvage

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #34

Written by Hazuki Minase
Art by Itsuki Kameya
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After Alus’s magic proves ineffective against the might of Byblos, Shogo loses heart and finds his emotions are not entirely his own…Mired in another’s memories at the height of despair, will he be able to break free and find a way out of this living nightmare? Read the next chapter of Final Fantasy Lost Stranger at the same day as Japan!

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #34

Rent-a-Girlfriend Vol. 1

Written by Reiji Miyajima
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Kazuya Kinoshita, 20 ans, étudiant, vient de se faire larguer. Un déboire de plus dans la vie de ce garçon maladroit et malchanceux. Désespéré, il installe l’application Diamond, qui permet de faire appel aux services d’une petite amie de location. C’est la belle et inaccessible Chizuru Mizuhara qui se présente à leur premier rendez-vous… et si cette rencontre changeait la donne pour Kazuya ?

Rent-a-Girlfriend Vol. 1

Rent-a-Girlfriend Vol. 2

Written by Reiji Miyajima
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Kazuya Kinoshita, 20 ans, étudiant, vient de se faire larguer. Un déboire de plus dans la vie de ce garçon maladroit et malchanceux. Désespéré, il installe l’application Diamond, qui permet de faire appel aux services d’une petite amie de location. C’est la belle et inaccessible Chizuru Mizuhara qui se présente à leur premier rendez-vous… et si cette rencontre changeait la donne pour Kazuya ?

Rent-a-Girlfriend Vol. 2

Robo Sapiens Vol. 1

Written by Toranosuke Shimada
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Dans un avenir très lointain, hommes et robots cohabitent et interagissent étroitement. Pourtant, au fil du temps, le destin des uns et des autres semble se diriger vers une fin inéluctable… Une “récupératrice” de robots, un “robot libre”, des “timenautes”, androïdes à la vie quasi-éternelle… ces personnages vivent l’épopée commune du genre humain et de l’intelligence artificielle. Un futur romanesque au crépuscule de l’Histoire. Une brève histoire du Robo-Sapiens peint une fresque ambitieuse et visionnaire, un essai d’anticipation sur la fin d’une ère, la nôtre. Ici, pas de guerre entre humains et intelligence artificielle, pas de robots tueurs ni d’apocalypse, le monde s’éteint lentement, presque naturellement. Il ne se dégage ni colère ni terreur de cette oeuvre unique, seulement une profonde mélancolie et une nostalgie qui invite à la contemplation.

Robo Sapiens Vol. 1

Robo Sapiens Vol. 2

Written by Toranosuke Shimada
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Dans un avenir très lointain, hommes et robots cohabitent et interagissent étroitement. Pourtant, au fil du temps, le destin des uns et des autres semble se diriger vers une fin inéluctable… Une “récupératrice” de robots, un “robot libre”, des “timenautes”, androïdes à la vie quasi-éternelle… ces personnages vivent l’épopée commune du genre humain et de l’intelligence artificielle. Un futur romanesque au crépuscule de l’Histoire. Une brève histoire du Robo- Sapiens peint une fresque ambitieuse et visionnaire, un essai d’anticipation sur la fin d’une ère, la nôtre. Ici, pas de guerre entre humains et intelligence artificielle, pas de robots tueurs ni d’apocalypse, le monde s’éteint lentement, presque naturellement. Il ne se dégage ni colère ni terreur de cette oeuvre unique, seulement une profonde mélancolie et une nostalgie qui invite à la contemplation.

Robo Sapiens Vol. 2

SpeOpe Vol. 2

Written by Kia Asamiya
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SpeOpe nous offre une nouvelle aventure spatiale faite de voyages interplanétaires, de robots et de mécaniques rétro, ou les machines peuvent encore être réparées par des mains humaines, afin de nous offrir de sublimes poursuites en vaisseaux spatiaux. Nous voici embarqués dans l’incroyable aventure de l’équipe « Fragile » composée de Opera Cat Rune, accompagnée de ses fidèles associés: un martien et un robot. Un second épisode qui confirm tout le potentiel de ce manga que nous propose le porte étendard de la cyber-bande dessinée qu’est KIA ASAMIYA. On ne boude pas notre plaisir de voir se développer, à travers les chapitres, les intrigues et son univers.

SpeOpe Vol. 2

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Preview: DC Love is a Battlefield #1

DC Love is a Battlefield #1

Written by: Crystal Frasier, Mark Russell, Sina Grace, John Ridley
Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan, Rob Guillory, Juan Gedeon, Karl Mostert

BLAM! KRACK! POW! Look out, it’s…love?! Falling in love is rough, even for DC’s greatest. Watch as Batman and Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and all the rest of your OTPs fight in vain against the all-powerful forces of romance (and super-villains)! Even Amanda Waller fights the urge to bail on her mystery date. We guarantee that this Valentine’s Day, someone’s taking a shot to the heart—from Cupid’s bow!

DC Love is a Battlefield #1

Review: Outer Darkness/Chew #3

Outer Darkeness/Chew #3

The new definition for something that is badass, funny, bonkers, cosmic, and just downright bizarre all at the same time is Outer Darkeness/Chew. Use it in a sentence! For example, “that new David Lynch movie is completely Outer Darkness/Chew!” Okay, there’re a few grammatical kinks to work out, but it still does the job of describing what is surely the wildest ride in comics today. The only thing it did wrong was end.

The third and last chapter of the very short crossover series embraces all of the culinary and sci-fi horror beats it had established in the previous entries to cap it all off as neatly as possible. The crew of the Charon (the spaceship housing the characters from the Outer Darkness comic) found a way to create living holograms out of the two main characters from the Chew universe, Tony Chu and Jack Colby, in order to communicate with an alien race that only speaks through food. Chu’s abilities allow him to do the same and he is successful, but then he learns he isn’t real and that he originally comes from a comic book universe.

And that’s just the premise.

This book works as a fascinating look at how the creative mind works and how well-suited comics are for letting imagination run free, crash into a tree, and then produce an unforgettable story. John Layman, Afu Chan, and Rob Guillory are all conscious of the ridiculous amounts of crazy they can bring to the comics page while never compromising the story. It’s impressive to see the rules of the two stories in this crossover—which are already self-indulgent and gleefully over the top—get broken and remade into fresh and unpredictable story threads.

Outer Darkness/Chew #3, Image Comics

Fans of Chew have a lot of Easter eggs and callbacks to look forward too, especially every time Poyo is involved. There’s an interesting twist with the mechanisms that allow the holograms to exist that brings the crossover full circle and gets the comic to speak in the voices of the two original comics simultaneously. If one felt that the first two issues might lean too heavily on Chew or vice versa, this third and last issue is where the creators get the balance between the two just right.

Afu Chan’s art captures the spirit of the Chew characters despite being drawn in the style of Outer Darkness. I did wish Rob Guillory would’ve have illustrated the Chew characters throughout the story as his cartoony designs are quite striking and so imbedded into the identity of that book. But this is a minor gripe and I know it is asking for a lot. Still, I wouldn’t have minded more Guillory pages in the crossover.

In the letter’s department, Pat Brosseau manages to infuse the text with the same energy exploding out of the panels. Demons and other creatures possess different text fonts to capture the sound or feel behind the words they impart. It adds another layer to the storytelling and it makes each page feel even more alive.

In a perfect comic book world, this crossover would be its own on-going series. The setting, the exchanges between characters, and the cast as a whole is more than enough to sustain a long-running series for years to come. Alas, it came down to three issues. Thankfully, this brief trek into crossover territory turned out to be the most fun I’ve had with a comic in a while. It makes me want to read more unusual crossover stories (perhaps one with another John Layman or Rob Guillory title? Say Leviathan or Farmhand?). Regardless, what this story brought was well worth the read and is sure to become a favorite for many, many readers.

Script: John Layman Art: Afu Chan and Rob Guillory
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: Buy and then write the creators demanding more of it!

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Review: Outer Darkness/Chew #2

Outer Darkness/Chew #2

There’s no comic on the stands right now that’s having as much fun with its characters than Outer Darkness/Chew #2. This short three-issue crossover story from the minds of John Layman, Afu Chan, and Rob Guillory has reached its halfway point and it made sure every little bit of story got ramped up to 11. Oh, and it doubled down its most metafictional aspects and, well, I think they created a new type of meta in the process.

OD/C #2 sees Tony Chu and John Colby from Chew questioning the means through which they were transported to the world of Outer Darkness to speak with an alien that only communicates through food. They immediately realize that the whole “time-traveling” mumbo jumbo they got as an explanation for their presence isn’t all that genuine. And then it all goes meta.

Layman, Chan, and Guillory take this opportunity to really play around with the idea of one fiction inside another fiction and how it can essentially blow up into an entirely fresh and new kind of world-building. Tony and John realize they were brought into the spaceship, The Charon, by way of some kind of projection that extracts them from their comic book world. And by comic I mean the actual, literal comic. They even mention, and pass judgment, on its creators, Layman and Guillory.

A lot of the issue’s comedy finds itself lodged in this dynamic, with Tony trying to understand what reality is, or if it’s even something that exists for him and his friends, knowing they’re all part of a story created by Layman and Guillory. This actually serves as a good introduction to Chew, as John Colby proceeds to explain the comic’s history along with a few key details here and there. It doesn’t spoil Chew, though. But it makes a good case for diving into the comic whether you’re new to it or not.

With the knowledge of this meta mess Tony and John find themselves in comes the worry of what’ll happen once their services are no longer needed. From here, the story takes on a whole new life and the Food-Talking Alien plot takes a backseat to the fight for the meta survival of the Chewverse.

As fun and outrageous as this is, the shift did take me by surprise, with speed bump or two along the way. The change drastically shifts the balance of the story towards the Chewverse, leaving Outer Darkness a little in, well, the dark. That side of the story feels a bit underdeveloped in this second issue, especially in terms of character development. It makes me wish this crossover were an issue or two longer so that the Outer Darkness crew got some more breathing room.

Also, as much as I love Afu Chan’s art, I wish Guillory’s art also featured more in the issue, and the crossover as a whole. I hope the creative team takes advantage of the different visual styles in both series to mess around with the art in the upcoming final issue.

I did appreciate the scope of the fan service and easter eggs found in the comic. Fans of Guillory’s newest work, for instance, will have a thing or two connecting it to the stories found here and Afu Chan seems to be sneaking in pop culture references in the monster designs (with one in particular reminding me of a famous clown who was seen in theaters not too long ago). This is what I meant by world-building earlier. Each page brings something with it that connects it to the different series, and they can only go bigger. I’m thinking the next issue will double down on this.

I can honestly say I have absolutely no idea what issue #3 of OD/C is going to bring, and this makes me very happy. Despite Outer Darkness being left out a bit in this part of the story, what Layman, Chan, and Guillory have achieved here is gleefully unique and well worth the price of admission. If you buy one comic this week, make sure it’s this one.

Story: John Layman Art: Afu Chan and Rob Guillory,
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0

Recommendation: Buy and then read all of Chew

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Outer Darkness/Chew #1 Gets a Second Printing

The highly anticipated Outer Darkness/Chew #1 crossover has sold out at the distributer level and Image and Skybound has fast-tracked a second printing (helping?) to combat the fandom hungry pains.

Tony Chu is a modern-day cop who gets psychic impressions from what he eats. Joshua Rigg is a 28th-century starship captain who flies through an outer space filled with demons, monsters, and ghosts. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a comic book crossover, don’t it? Join the fun with Outer Darkness/Chew #1.

Outer Darkness/Chew #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN208957) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 1.

Outer Darkness/Chew #1, second printing

Review: Outer Darkness/Chew #1

Outer Darkness/Chew #1

There’s something special about crossovers between non-superheroes comics. Usually, a Marvel or DC crossover comes with expectations of event-like conflicts and big action set-pieces. Creator-owned crossovers, on the other hand, tend to live and die by the strength of their characters and the culture they carry from their own comics. This is definitely the case with Outer Darkness/Chew #1, from John Layman, Afu Chan, and Rob Guillory, a coming together of sci-fi, horror, and comedy of epic proportions from two books that rival each other in terms of the sheer storytelling madness they produce.

The comic starts with the crew of the Charon (from Outer Darkness) engaging with a Cibulaxian alien ambassador that only engages in conversation over food. No external communicator can help in the situation and the chef responsible for comms meets a gleefully violent and premature end early on. The captain of the Charon, Captain Rigg, is then forced to resort to plan B: traveling in time to bring Tony Chu in, a Cibopath that can dive into the memories of the things he eats (from Chew).

Outer Darkness/Chew #1 requires prior knowledge of both series to fully appreciate. Writer John Layman, who wrote both series, basically says as much in his letter to the fans at the end of the issue, when he talks about how the book approaches the Chew parts of the book as a kind of coda to the original series (which ran for 60 issues from 2009-2016).

From the Outer Darkness side of the equation, an understanding of the concept is pretty much all you need, which is basically made up of bits from The Exorcist, Star Trek, and Event Horizon. Honestly, I would recommend reading both series as they are very good on their own and are well worth the price of admission. Maybe then come back to the crossover.

The story succeeds in making both the Chewverse and the Outer Darknessverse converge as if they were naturally meant to since their inception. It even makes it a point to recognize changes in how the characters look within the story once they crossover.

Rob Guillory, co-creator of Chew, illustrates his part of the story in the original style of the book with Afu Chan, co-creator of Outer Darkness, doing the same. When Tony Chu is brought aboard the Charon, Afu Chan takes over and the characters acknowledge the change in their looks. They are baffled by it, even.

It’s a bit of meta that builds up the crossover quite well and makes each character recognize the distance between their realities. Chew characters transition well under Chan’s pencils and they still seem like they are from another place, which adds to the clash of stories between the two universes.

Layman’s script does a good job of balancing both worlds, especially in terms of tone. Outer Darkness is a more serious tale than Chew and yet they each keep their identities intact throughout the issue. One’s humor doesn’t drown out the other’s horror. This is something that rarely manages to carry over in this type of story, but Layman pulls it off. Let’s see if it manages to sustain itself over the entire arc.

There’s a lot to like about Outer Darkness/Chew #1, especially for fans of the two series. In fact, I’d say that’s precisely the audience it’s seeking. New readers will probably struggle a bit to make everything click, but there’re still enough things going on in the story that anyone could latch onto and follow. There’s just a lot of fun to be had here, and the promise of more Cibopaths in space is always a good thing.

Script: John Layman Art: Rob Guillory and Afu Chan
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: Buy and then read all of Chew

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Outer Darkness and Chew Blend Together in March

The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning creative team behind ChewJohn Layman and Rob Guilloryreunite for a three-issue, crossover, miniseries with Image and Skybound Entertainment’s science fiction horror series Outer Darkness with regular series artist Afu Chan available this March.

Tony Chu is a modern-day cop who gets psychic impressions from what he eats. Joshua Rigg is a 28th-century starship captain who flies through an outer space filled with demons, monsters, and ghosts. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a comic book crossover, don’t it? Join the fun with Outer Darkness/Chew #1.

Outer Darkness/Chew #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 4.

Outer Darkness/Chew #1
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