"Maxim Buys a Hat" appears in Volume X and is presented at the end Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, the print edition of Volume X. In the online version of Girl Genius, the story starts with the page posted on
Katrina Hao served as guest colorist for this short story to allow Cheyenne Wright to finish coloring the re-release of Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank without being "killed by overwork."
Although it is categorized as a short story break, unlike most such stories it takes place within the main continuity. It explains how the Jägermonster, Maxim, acquires a new hat. (He gave his old one for Lars to be buried in at the .) Maxim appears in Volume XI with the hat when the Jägergenerals da Boyz, who have not yet been reattached. Then in XII are again fighting with the pack and Maxim refers to its previous owner, Ol' Man Death.