The Schedule: Office grunt Gleason is no longer getting his work done, because he's far too busy playing with the Configurix, "a wooden puzzle he had purchased at a local curio shop." His boss, Mr. Moore, is none too happy about his lack of productivity lately, as he is a firm believe in machine-like order. In the end, the puzzle is solved, and when the Cenobites arrive to take who has summoned them, they find a very like-minded individual in Moore. The moral of the story is summed up pretty nicely by one of the Cenobites: "Sometimes what must be solved is more than you can hold in your hand." Indeed. Not a great tale by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice little change of pace.
The Devil's Brigade Part 8 - Command Performance: Leo Shabel, his hope and ambition fully recharged after his previous appearance, is back in action, leading protests, going on hunger strikes, and opening homeless shelters in his best effort to restore order to his chaotic neighborhood. What's better, cities across the globe are taking up Leo's call-to-arms, and turning things around. The Cenobite Face is something like his case worker, doing whatever is needed to keep Leo on the proper path. I doubt that even Face was aware of the dark turns that it could take, or the twisted appetite that hides even in a man who is seemingly so kind. A much better story than I would have expected, with some rather disturbing twists and turns along the way.
Publish or Perish: This is a short, dumb little story that thinks it is pretty smart. A math professor who specializes in fractals (theoretically bringing order to chaos) has made some sort of a backdoor deal with a big, blue-faced Cenobite named Lace. With the professor's theories and Lace's power, they were supposed to remove chaos from the human form, but it didn't work out that way...at least not in the eyes of Lace. Boring, and Lace looks like Cookie Monster's lost uncle.
The Devil's Brigade Part 9 - No Loss to the Community: Officers George and Elliot of the special task force in Philadelphia are sent by the Cenobite Atkins on their latest mission. Atkins is supposed to be using them as pawns to help ease racial tensions on the street, but he's not doing a very good job of it, and things just keep on getting worse. Maybe there's a reason for that. It's like you just can't trust a demon these days.