Black and white. Life and death. Two aspects of the ‘Verse. So different. So similar. Two characters of the same, dramatic play. Plays and playwrights are, in fact, the focus of this first issue of NOIR, our new magazine which deals with many emotions and the drama of living on the edge of the unknown. Reflecting the absurdity of those faces of the same coin to the ‘Verse itself. This is the purpose. Absurd and surreal can hardly be described as the most common adjectives in our lives in the ‘Verse yet, it seems, they have so much impact we can‘t afford to ignore them. That‘s why we tried to condense and merge life and death, black and white, absurd and surreal to one single atom. One single picture. Where everything is possible. Like in plays from famous playwrights.