I'm in the midst of preparing another series of cover critiques, this time of the Monster Manual covers. In reading the 4e MM, two questions crossed my mind that I hope someone out there can answer for me:
1. Are there stats elsewhere in 4e for "normal" animals? The Monster Manual has stats for Gray Wolves and Riding Horses, for example, but none for dogs or cats or boars (or lions or tigers or ...). Most of the "normal" creatures in the volume seem to be not merely of the giant variety -- of which there were many entries in the 1e MM -- but of a specially trademarked variety. Thus, we don't have stats for panthers simpliciter but instead for fey panthers or spectral panthers. I can only assume there are additional animal entries in the 4e PHB or DMG and I missed them in my read-through of those books.
2. What's with all the recycled art? I'm frankly a bit surprised to see so many illustrations I recognize from the 3e era. 4e was clearly a big project for WotC and one they've invested a lot of money in producing and promoting, so why does it re-use art?