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THE FATE OF OTHERWORLD IS IN DANGER IN NEW DESTINY OF X TITLE KNIGHTS OF X!

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 18:08

Writer Tini Howard and artist Bob Quinn begin a new quest of mutants and magic in KNIGHTS OF X this April

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DARK HORSE COMICS TO RELEASE TWO NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS COLLECTING THE ONGOING CRITICAL ROLE COMIC SERIES

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 17:51

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III and Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen to be Collected in Trade Paperbacks

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 15, 2021)—Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role are thrilled to announce two new trade paperbacks collecting Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III and Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen, respectively.      

 

In the third series of the celebrated Vox Machina Origins comics from Critical Role and Dark Horse, prepare for more misadventure with the New York Times bestselling creative team of Jody Houser (Orphan BlackStranger Things), Olivia Samson, MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy), Diana Sousa (Isola, Crowded), and Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)!

 

Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun’s lap of luxury leading up to the Winter’s Crest Festival. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out, so they join an underground fighting ring and bash their way to cash. Unfortunately, their ring-fighting turns out to be just a warm-up for a cold reality when a mysterious attack on Winter’s Crest festivities leaves the whole town magically frozen––including one of their own. Vox Machina will have to save the day again, against a much bigger foe than they first realized!

 

In Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen, Game Master Matthew Mercer joins Eisner Award-winning writer Darcy van Poelgeest (LittleBird) and fan-favorite artist CoupleofKooks in a brand-new Critical Role story from the mighty Kryn Dynasty!

 

Leylas Kryn, the Bright Queen, has spent multiple lives in pursuit of assembling the otherworldly Luxon. So when another piece appears nearby, Leylas sends her eternal lover Quana to collect it…with consequences that may threaten the entire Dynasty!

 

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III will be available everywhere books are sold May 4, 2022. It is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.

 

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen will be available everywhere books are sold June 15, 2022. It is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.

 

These two trade paperback collections are the next in the ongoing and ever-growing line of Critical Role comics from the collaborative partnership between Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics. Both trade paperbacks will retail for $19.99.

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X-FORCE’S MISSION BECOMES EVEN DEADLIER IN DESTINY OF X!

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 17:28

Writer Benjamin Percy and artist Robert Gill kick off a new era of X-FORCE in April

 

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BATMAN: KILLING TIME #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 16:01
BATMAN: KILLING TIME #1
  • Written by Tom King
  • Art and cover by David Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez
  • Variant cover by Kael Ngu
  • 1:25 variant cover by Alex Garner
  • 1:100 variant cover by Peach Momoko
  • The Batman variant cover by Carlos D’Anda
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | 1 of 6 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 3/1/22
  • Three villains, one Dark Knight, and a deadly heist gone wrong.
  • Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin join forces to pull off the greatest robbery in the history of Gotham City. And their prize? A mysterious and priceless artifact in the secret possession of Bruce Wayne! But, as the events unfold, what fun is a heist without a bloody double cross or two?
  • The blockbuster team of Tom King and David Marquez bring an epic, white-knuckled, action-packed tale of a young Batman desperate to recover his most prized possession from a host of violent rogues before the clock strikes the Killing Time…
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Dressed to Party Bottle Accessories: Free Pattern and Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 16:00

“Crochet a hat and scarf to dress up a bottle for holiday giving or to add color to your shelf of libations.” The Dressed to Party Bottle Accessories are the perfect way to use up odds and ends of yarn and make a gift extra special – and I got to teach this pattern in...

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Treasury of British Comics announces 2022 schedule

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:47

From long lost classics to new adventures – Rebellion is proud to announce the full schedule of Treasury of British Comics graphic novel titles for 2022!

Acclaimed by critics and readers, the Treasury of British Comics is bringing classics from the world’s largest archive of English language comic books back into print, and also reinventing some of the world’s most thrilling and enthralling characters for new generations.

The schedule for 2022 includes never-before-reprinted classics, as well as new volumes in on-going series, and old and new takes on legendary titles.

These collections will be available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers, and digitally from the Treasury of British Comics webshop and the 2000 AD app.

Lovingly restored by Rebellion’s in-house reprographics team, the schedule includes the best of boys’ comics with two volumes of historical adventure Karl the Viking (January and December) featuring stunning black and white art by Trigan Empire artist Don Lawrence, war action with The Sarge by Gerry Finley-Day and Mike Western from the legendary and groundbreaking Battle, and the second volume of one of Britain’s most enduring comic book heroes, The Steel Claw (November), reprinted from the pages of Valiant for the first time and featuring the stunning art of Spanish comics’ legend Jesus Blasco.

The bestselling reprint of The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire by Mike Butterworth and Don Lawerence continues in May, with the much-in-demand first collection of House of Dolmann (April), which see a ventriloquist use an army of puppets to help the forces of law and order fight back against crime, while the Super Picture Thriller misadventures of the maniacal super-thief The Spider are collected in Crime Unlimited (February).

And there’s hi-jinx and comedy in Trevor Metcalfe’s madcap parody of the 1960s Batman TV show, Birdman and Chicken (March), and Leo Baxendale’s much-anticipated series Badtime Bedtime Stories (September) from the pages of Monster Fun.

The legacy of classic characters continues in brand new collections that combine the old and the new. The Best of Cat Girl (August) collects stories of this beloved UK superhero from the pages of classic 1960s girls’ comic Sally, and ‘Cat Girl Returns’ by RAMZEE (Zorse) and Elkys Nova (Roy of the Rovers). And Black Beth: Vengeance Be Thy Name (June) brings together both the ‘lost’ story of this fearsome fantasy warrior created by an unknown writer and Spanish artist Blas Gallego, but also the brilliantly resurrected new stories from writer Alec Worley (Star Wars) and DC Comic’s newest artistic star, DaNi (Coffin Bound).

Karl the Viking

Originally serialised in LionKarl the Viking is a sweeping historical fantasy story of an orphaned Saxon boy, adopted and raised by the viking Eingar after his raid on Britain. Upon coming of age Karl succeeds Eingar and leads his tribe into battle in Britain against wild tribes of Picts, and re-connects with his old Saxon family, gaining an ally in his cousin Godwulf, and making an enemy of the Earl of Eastumbria. These fast-paced stories were drawn by Don Lawrence shortly before he revolutionised painted comic art with The Trigan Empire, when he was already a master of pen and ink, and his Karl the Viking series was the pinnacle of black and white comic art.

  • 9781786184627
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 20 January 2022
  • £19.99
  • Pages: 240

The Spider: Crime Unlimited

From the pages of Super Picture Library! The Spider is the uncrowned king of the New York underworld, so elusive to the police that he even manages to taunt the Police Commissioner at his retirement party. But Professor Aldo Cummings, a famous but ill-tempered scientist, determined to stop the schemes of the Spider once and for all, invents a ray-machine which will eliminate the evil from a person’s personality. But a tragic miscalculation will turn Professor Cummings into the Professor of Power, and he will seek a more direct confrontation with the Spider. The first collection of the Spider stories originally published as part of the Picture Library series, these long-lost and fast-paced pulp adventure stories have never been reprinted before, written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Donne Avenell (Adam Eterno).

  • 9781786184658
  • Hardcover
  • 3 February 2022
  • £19.99
  • Pages: 256

Birdman and Chicken: The Krazy Crusaders

To the outside world, Dick Lane and Mick Mason look like two average, law-abiding citizens. However, they lead an amazing double life – for when fiendish finks and vile villains step over the line, Dick and Mick strike back as the crime-fighting duo, Birdman and Chicken!
Cowled, caped and equipped with a vast array of crime-busting gadgets, Birdman and Chicken fight back against the likes of The Giggler, Sourpuss, The Puzzler and Father Time – and sometimes they win! A rib-tickling parody of the 1966 Batman television series, Trevor Metcalfe’s super-series was a highlight of Krazy comic every week and is finally collected here for the first time.

  • 9781786184924
  • Paperback
  • 3 March 2022
  • £14.99
  • Pages: 192

House of Dolmann

Genius creator and expert ventriloquist, Eric Dolmann has created a small army of robotic puppets to help the forces of law and order fight back against crime. Whatever the situation, Dolman has a mechanical warrior perfectly suited to get the job done! From the safety of his flying ‘Dolmobile’, he directs Raider, Elasto, Mole, Togo and Giggler into action! Occasionally they will question his judgement and bicker amongst one another – even though they aren’t capable of independent thought!

  • 9781786184917
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 14 April 2022
  • £14.99
  • Pages: 144

The Sarge Vol.1

They depended on the Sarge. And the world depended on them. British Sergeant Jim Masters, a veteran of WW1, has to protect and lead his inexperienced platoon during the Second World War. From Dunkirk to North Africa, the might of the German Army face the ultimate adversaries when Masters and his boys spring into action – Nothing can substitute experience! With an introduction by Garth Ennis (PreacherThe Boys)

  • 9781786186331
  • Hardcover (plus webshop exclusive edition)
  • 12 May 2022
  • £19.99
  • Pages: 144

The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Vol 4

The fourth omnibus of the science-fiction classic, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, collects the stories published from 1973 through to 1976. Don Lawrence’s painted art continues to be a highlight of the series, and as he takes a sabbatical from the strip Miguel Quesada and Philip Corke match his impressive work with their own style. The Trigan Empire remains resilient against enemies on all fronts, from treacherous politicians, murderous Zith assassins, and alien invaders, Trigo and Janno protect the citizens of Elekton.

  • 9781786185648
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 24 May 2022
  • £19.99
  • Pages: 240

Black Beth: Vengeance Be Thy Name

A warrior with a name born of the black rage that filled her heart! In a world of swords and sorcery, the evil tyrant Rassau discovers that he is destined to be killed by a fearsome warrior called Beth. Together with his men, Rassau seeks Beth out, destroying her village and killing all held dear to her. With the aid of a former warrior – the blind Quido – Beth becomes a skilled fighter and sworn enemy of all that is evil! She will not rest until her people are avenged! This book contains both the original strip and the brilliantly resurrected stories that have been masterfully guided by writer Alec Worley and DC Comic’s newest star, the astonishing Greek artist, DaNi!

  • 9781786186355
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 7 June 2022
  • £14.99
  • Pages: 80

The Best of Cat Girl

The beloved UK superheroine finally pounces into her own collection! From the pages of classic 1960s girls’ comic Sally comes the first ever collection of beloved British superheroine The Cat Girl! Cathy Carter is not your average teen. She can jump further, fight longer and climb higher than anyone she knows – with the aid of a magic suit, she is Cat Girl! Facing off in glamorous, globetrotting adventures against supervillains and master criminals, Cathy often finds the hardest fight comes from her bumbling detective father, who doesn’t believe Cathy can fend for herself. Can Cathy save the world when the person trying to hold her back – is her dad? This collection contains Cat Girl’s latest adventure, ‘Cat Girl Returns’ from the Tammy & Jinty special, as well as a purrfect selection of the best classic Cat Girl stories from Sally, and a brand new cover from Elkys Nova.

  • 9781786185853
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 2 August 2022
  • £14.99
  • Pages: 128

Badtime Bedtime Stories

Once upon a badtime… In these explosive, hysterical comics, Jack the Nipper, Little Miss Muffet and Little Red Riding Hood run wild in chaotic retellings of beloved tales. These anarchic, frenzied comics stories from the pen of Leo Baxendale are the arguably the jewel of the British humour comics, beloved by many for their DIY storybook aesthetic when they were originally printed in Monster Fun. Now, in this stunning new collection, the comics are restored to their full glory, while reprinted in a smaller style to retain the intimate feel of the originals. Crammed with gags and hidden details, these Badtime Bedtime Stories are the perfect late night read for kids and grown ups!

  • 9781786185310
  • Hardcover
  • 1 September 2022
  • £14.,99
  • Pages: 96

A Spell of Trouble

TO WITCH OR NOT TO WITCH? Popular, rich and great at school, Carrie lives a charmed life – because, unbeknownst to her classmates, she’s a witch! Hailing from a long line of witches and warlocks Carrie has never wanted for anything – that is until her bumbling, nonmagical and anti-magic cousin Angela shows up! And worst of all – if Carrie can’t turn Angela into a legendary sorceress – she’ll lose all her powers! Worlds collide and sparks fly as these cousins have to learn to live together – or else! This comedy classic from British girls’ comic Jinty features a brand new cover by the original artist, Trini Tinturé, as well as another tale, the spooky, insect-infested ‘Creepy Crawley’, in a volume perfect for Halloween!

  • 9781786186126
  • Paperback
  • 13 October
  • £14,99
  • Pages: 80

The Steel Claw Vol.2 – Reign of the Brain

One of Britain’s most enduring comic book heroes returns in two stories reprinted here for the first time! The second collection of the sci-fi classic, the Steel Claw collects writer Tom Tully’s first two stories originally published in the comic Valiant between 1963 and 1964. Featuring the stunning, realistic black and white art of Spanish comics’ legend Jesus Blasco!

  • 9781786186812
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 10 November 2022
  • £14.99
  • Pages: 112

Karl the Viking Vol.2

In the second, and concluding, volume of Karl the Viking the brave Briton takes the fight even further abroad than before as he and his band of warriors battle against the rival viking Gefion One-Eye in Africa, become mercenaries in a violent dispute between treacherous Russian tribes, and survive against fantastical and unnatural sea monsters. Karl the Viking is the series which made Don Lawrence’s reputation, and it was on this basis that he was hired to revolutionise painted comic art with The Trigan Empire. This volume also contains stories written by Michael Moorcock penned when he was just beginning to create the adventures of Elric.

  • 9781786187338
  • Paperback (plus webshop exclusive hardcover)
  • 6 December 2022
  • £19.99 / $24.99
  • Pages: 256
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REVIEW CORNER: Untold Tales of Spider-Man # 17

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:37

Untold Tales of Spider-Man # 17
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciller: Pat Olliffe
Inker: Al Williamson
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Steve Mattsson
Cover Date: January 1997
Rating:
This week, with the latest Hawkeye episode out (and this one could break the internet), I’ll take a look at Untold Tales of Spider-Man # 17 which features a never-before-told battle between Spider-Man and the famed marksman himself, which I can presume to take place after Hawkeye and The Black Widow’s battle with Iron Man in “Tales of Suspense # 57 which is Hawkeye’s very first appearance.

Seeing Hawkeye and Black Widow before they joined the Avengers, not to mention coming to blows with Spider-Man himself, is an interesting premise seeing as how Clint Barton is an outlaw and is having a tough time standing beside Natasha Romanoff (Who he found out is a foreign spy) and being him own man and doing right. I like that Hawkeye’s eternal struggle becomes the foundation for this issue, and the action sequences between him and Spidey are top-notch. Throughout this series, Kurt Busiek has shown a ton of respect and love for the silver age era of The Marvel Universe and his handling of Hawkeye really elevated this issue. Meanwhile, Pat Olliffe’s artwork shines, as usual, with elements of both Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr. mixed into complete perfection; it’s also a joy to see Al Williamson’s inks bring it to life (Although I do miss the inking styles of both Al Vey and Pam Eklund)

The early days of Hawkeye are such a blast to read because we got to see how he started to where he would eventually end up down the road, and this issue should be a must-have for anyone getting into the Disney+ series.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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GFL – Page 0075

Looking For Group - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:31

Grouping For Looks is a page-by-page retelling of the Looking For Group saga through the lens of a mirror universe where Cale is a goateed tyrant and Richard is a holy soul trying to set him on a good path. […]

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Hero Collector Launches Next Wave In Marvel Museum Collection

First Comics News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:30

(London, UK – December, 2021) Hero Collector, creators of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture, are rounding out the festive season for filmgoing fans and comic book collectors by revealing the next wave in their Hero Collector Museum series – replica artifacts belonging to the greatest Super Heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)!

Debuting earlier this year as part of an exclusive launch in Walmart stores, the first wave of Hero Collector Museum collectibles featured signature weapons, masks, and gadgets – such as Iron Man’s Arc Reactor, Black Panther’s mask, and Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir – brought to life as hand-painted collectibles.

“Hero Collector Museum was a tremendous success for us as a new imprint”, says Chris Thompson, Global Brand Manager for Hero Collector. “We’re always looking for new ways to capture fans’ imaginations, and these collectibles are a perfect showcase for some of the most-requested items in pop culture lore – especially a license with the enduring mainstream appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

These highly detailed polyresin sculpts each stand between 6-8 inches tall atop a display stand, and come in a stylish windowed box – perfect for the shelves of fans and retailers alike. They represent Hero Collector’s continued expansion into retail, with new imprints and display-friendly packaging aimed at reaching a larger audience.

This next wave will feature three iconic items from the MCU: Spider-Man’s “Iron Spider” mask from the Infinity Saga, Iron Man’s nanogauntlet from the climax of Avengers: Endgame, and even Captain Carter’s Union Jack shield from the recent smash hit show, Marvel: What If!

The next wave of the Marvel Museum Collection will launch in Q1 2022 at retailers and online, to be followed by a third wave of releases in Q3 2022.

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Whispers from Wavering Hills

Ten Foot Pole - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:11
By Scott Cox Self Published Call of Cthulhu

Wavering Hills Sanatorium, a hospital for the relief of suffering lies nestled in central Kentucky on grounds with a sordid and mysterious past. The apparent suicide of a troubled young girl yields questions of an otherworldly nature. Will the investigators unravel the mystery of Wavering Hills?

This fourteen page adventure details the investigations in a sanitarium. It’s a basic investigation and at a pretty high level, which is good for an investigation. But, it lacks basic details and doesn’t help the DM out enough. You can do high level, but you need to support it also.

A request! You know how I love to do requests! So stop your bitching and allow me to be do this good act.

It is our investigators first adventure and its in a sanitarium. There are no real hooks, just a suggestion that they could be new staff or new patients “or any other reason.” None of this really helps, at all. No information to support play as staff or patients or “anything else.” It’s needs about one page more to develop a solid hook/background/support for this. Otherwise the DM is left with making up what its like to be patient, or staff, or whatever. 

There are a few NPC’s, a head nurse, the doc in charge, and a patient, with a couple of other patients given a few words. The NPCS that do exist are done well, with solid trophy personalities to play up. Maybe a few example statements would have been nice for each of them, and a fw more staff and patients, but, whatever. “Nurse & mother hen” and “cold hearted and single minded” go over well in my book.

There’s a small section on the five sense, which I really appreciate. Adding the sound echoes or antiseptic smell is a good touch for the DM to add to room and encounter descriptions. This could have been put on the border of the map page, or some such, to keep the DM reminded of tit. 

Of, wait, there’s NOT a map page. There is, instead, a brief text description of the hospital. Of, like, eleven floors. Un. Cool. That does NOT work at all. You just need a basic fucking map. You can just label it, you don’t need to describe every room, but you need SOMETHING to support the party sneaking around and avoiding nurses, doctors, etc. 

There’s some other simple things wrong also, like putting the read-aloud in italics and making it long. It doesn’t overexplain, but it does get long. Which is how a 1.5 hour adventure gets to fourteen pages. Yes, 1.5 hour or so. It’s VERY short. There’s not a lot going on and the investigation is pretty straightforward. Oh, look, the third floor is chained shut, let’s go there!

But thats not the main issue here. The main issue the the overview style of presentation.

This is going to get a bit complex. Essentially the adventure is written as an investigation. Rather than room/key it instead covers major rooms, like the docs office, etc, and gives an description of those major locations. Which is exactly what should be going on. And it details some of the key things that the DM should be doing in the different chapters. Like, in this chapter they should learn X or discover Y. That’s great. I can quibble that those sections could be clearer/easier to find and parse, but the dude has the right idea. Kind of a major outline, with more detail zoomed in on for those sections that need it. 

But, we’ve already seen, that the adventure glosses over just about everything else. I mean, no map. No real hospital staff scedule. Nothing to support sneaking around or asking questions or anything like that. And lets pray no one goes in to town for a newspaper office; there’s no support for anything other than looking around the hospital. 

It’s so very BASIC. That doesn’t have to be bad, but, in this case, its completely straightforward. It opens with a patient jumping off the roof and saying something like she wanted to fly “like they do” and green goo leaking from her ears. Ok. So, no build up at all then. Ok, third floor is chained up. Let’s fucking hit it! 

It needs more build up. More support for investigating and talking to people. A basic map to run nightime stealth. A few more NPCs to round things out. Maybe a few subplots going on. None of this has to be huge, at all. But the complete lack of support for anything OTHER than the very short adventure hinders the play immensely, IMO. or, perhaps, hinders the support of the DM in trying to get more out of this. 

This is $3 at Drivethru.The preview is not the best for figuring out if you’d like this. Page three, though, does have the text description of the hospital layout.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/378808/Whispers-from-Wavering-Hills?1892600

Hello. This is the Bryce Emergency Review protocol. Bryce writes about three weeks ahead and has not written a new review in about three weeks, so this script has snagged an emergency review to post instead. Bryce has also been emailed and told to get back to work instead of engaging in whatever delight he is currently using to manage ennui.

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Wednesday Comics: DC, March 1981 (wk 1 pt 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:00
My goal: read DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! This week, I'm looking at the comics at newsstands around December 11, 1980.


Justice League of America #188: Perhaps editorial--or maybe even Conway, himself--realized the Super-Friends level story of duplicated powers and JLA members turned into working stiffs was weak sauce for a two-parter. So it winds up a one-and-a-half parter with the cover this issue being taken by a Conway/Buckler joint about about malfunctioning killer-satellite that attacks the JLA's satellite, trapping the Leaguers not in the other story there. It's an interesting "race against time" problem-solving tale, superior to the other story. It weirdly tries to be a Hanukkah story too, with the Atom learning the meaning of the holiday and ends with him telling the other League members about it.

The first story sees the JLA coming to join Flash (who has evaded transformation into a normie himself) to defeat the counterfeit, jewel-thief League. Zatana, transformed into an old woman, doesn't make it back on her own, but the Flash goes to rescue her. Those two seen to decide to nip their romance in the bud and just be friends.

New Teen Titans #5: So much keeps happening in these issues, but not a lot of importance yet. The Titans abandoned Raven last issue after learning how she manipulated them--particularly Kid Flash, but when she's captured by Trigon, they come to her rescue. They defeat a minion of of Trigon's with teamwork, but then the main man show's up and they all go to Azarath. There the Titans are unable to defeat him and the pacifists of Azarath won't help, so Raven agrees to join Trigon to save everyone.

Secrets of Haunted House #34: In the first story, Destiny just kind of toys with an unpleasant blonde model who wants desperately to one up her brunette rival. Destiny seems to be granting her wishes, but whatever the she gets her rival receives double. She keeps trying to think of something good that either can't be doubled or will be bad when doubled, but she keeps being frustrated. On the last go-round, she asks for a handsome lover six feet tall, but then her rival gets two identical lovers meeting that description--except all three guys turn out to be vampires. Ms. Charlie Seegar and E Cruz were responsible for this nonsense. The next story by Wessler and Ken Barr isn't much better. It involves occupying Nazi forces suffering all sorts of calamities, and the source turns out to be--a group of Maquis dwarfs hiding underground, and I don't mean dwarfs of the fairytale kind.
The Mister E story by Rozakis and Speigle doesn't really redeem this issue, but it does have a kind of amusing ending, where Mister E uses acid to dissolve the stitching between parts in a Frankenstein's monster, causing it to fall apart.

Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes #3: After last issue's reveal that a Legionnaire may be Brande's kid (though it's not revealed how that know this), Brande's assistant and the doctors explain that Brande has a rare blood type, but he needs a transfusion to survive Yorssian Fever. They review the histories of the remaining Legionnaires, even the dead ones and the Subs! Then they get to the reservists like Jimmy Olsen and Lana Lang. It seems like just taking blood samples would be better than reviewing origin stories, but what do I know about the holistic nature of 30th Century medicine, right? Saturn Girl manages to telepathic pick up from Brande's unconscious brain that he once had powers. They realize they have made a mistake excluding nonhuman species and humanoid races that inherit powers.  In the end they figure it out: Chameleon Boy, of course. Brande is saved.

Superman #357: This story opens with both Superman and Vartox effectively prisoners on Tynola. Superman literally so, as he's gone "undercover" as a interplanetary criminal and has been imprison in a smallish sphere, which really is cruel and unusual punishment. Still, he's able to use his super-senses to suss out that the Tynolans derive their reality manipulating "chant" powers from Noxumbra, a space-traveling, god-monster. They plan to feed Vartox to Noxumbra in exchange for his continued blessing. They mostly seem to use their power to magic up things for Vartox to fight, so it all seems a bit circular to me, but anyway! Superman breaks out and gives Noxumbra indigestion by substituting himself for the hyper-power Noxumbra usual feeds on. With the god-monster, gone Vartox still agrees to stay and help the Tynolans and Superman goes home. There is some cleverness here in how Vartox and Superman use their super-powers to avoid their plotting being detected by the advanced Tynolans, but overall it's a better idea than execution.

The backup story is another "Superman of 2021" yarn. He fights a forgettable villain and gets a date with his boss.

Superman Family #206: Superman Family was just not what I needed this week. It feels like a step-down from last time--and that was not a comic I was dying to read. The okay stuff include the Harris/Mortimer Supergirl tale which i think has more scenes of Supergirl in lingerie than I've ever seen in a comic. It really has a romance comic feel at the beginning, which is not wholly out of place because it's about a lookalike (Lesla-Lar) trying to steal Kara's life--literally. The non-romance angle is that it revolves around her parents, not a beau. The "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" story guest stars Harlequin (the Earth-2 character) and briefly Green Lantern (Earth-2), but it's better than the rock-bottom silliness of "The Private Life of Clark Kent" bit by Rozakis and Calnan. 
The Lois Lane story is sort of a coda to the multi-part arc that ended last issue. Lois gets her memories back finally in the Fortress of Solitude, then goes off to say good-bye to the guy she fell for while amnestic. Superman is cool with all that, but I guess he would be, because he's Superman. The final story has Jimmy Olsen chased by yokels on the payroll of chemical polluters in the Poconos.


Weird War Tales #97: The Creature Commandos are back! This time, the story is a bit better, and the characters are less universal monster knockoffs. DeMatteis (credited as creator here as well as writer), focuses the dramatic core of this story on Lt. Shrieve and what appears to be a burgeoning attraction between him and a scientist, Dr. Frederique, the Commandos have rescued from the Germans. The Doctor argues against Shrieve's reduction of the Germans to simply faceless "Nazi Pigs" to be killed. Unfortunately, she isn't the scientist but a German spy. Though she leads the Commandos into an ambush, she warns them at the last minute, getting shot in the process. The Commandos prevail, but the fake Frederique dies after confessing her duplicity and her remorse to Shrieve. The Commandos ask about burying her, but Shrieve replies there's no need as she's just another Nazi Pig, but his face as he turns away from his men betrays his true feelings.

The second story by Rozakis and Spiegle is a mini-epic with a U.S. agent discovering a Nazi experiment in mind control via something like astral projection. They have already taken over Stalin. The agent infiltrates the Kremlin and frees Stalin with some judiciously applied electricity from a broken lamp. Back in London, he discovers that the Nazi scientist Kreuger has now gotten to Churchill. The agent steals an RAF plane and drops strips of tinfoil (used to block radar) over Parliament when Churchill is there, blocking the signal and freeing the Prime Minister. In the U.S., they recreate the German device with the agent as the guinea pig. It kills him--but his mental projection is freed to protect FDR from Nazi control. The thoughtforms of Kreuger and the agent do battle in the sky, until a lightning bolt destroys the Nazi. The agent goes into the scientist's body long enough to sabotage the German device.

Wonder Woman #277: If you've ever wanted to see a group of Kobra agents shake themselves until they explode in a pile of goo when compelled to tell the truth by Wonder Woman's magic lasso, well Conway and Delbo made this issue for you! Wonder Woman is on the trail of Kobra who has the Cobalt 93 bomb and is holding the world's oil fields for ransom. She consults an old voodoo practitioner for some reason and gets to hear the Kobra cults origin and that of King Kobra (though minus Jason Burr). She heads off to Delhi and winds up falling into Kobra's hands.
The Levitz and Staton Huntress backup has Helena worrying over the fact that her DA sort of boyfriend has figured out her secret identity. Lucky for her she lives next to a woman being blackmailed by her estranged husband, which allows her to distract herself with a little easy crimefighting.

Review & Commentary On The Clement Sector Core Setting Book For Cepheus Engine & Old School 2d6 Science Fiction rpg's

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 17:51
 John Watt's just sent me the Clement Sector third edition book & its huge as in six hundred & seventy five pages huge of material. And so let's dive right into the back end of the Clement Sector Third Edition. Clement Sector just got a huge upgrade & its a beast of a pdf at six hundred & seventy five pages of extended Clement Sector goodness but why?! According to John Watt's info dump its more Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Doctor Who Viewing Figures Update: Once, Upon Finals and Vanquisher +7s

Blogtor Who - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 17:36

Doctor Who: Flux hits the halfway point for final ratings as BARB reveal the +28 results for Once, Upon Time. Meanwhile, we also have a full set of +7 numbers as The Vanquishers arrive We’re now midway through collecting the final viewing figures for Doctor Who Series 13. They reveal that the third chapter of […]

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5 security lessons from 18 months of working from home

Malwarebytes - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 17:09

A little more than 20 months ago, many people around the world were asked or instructed to work from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It caused a seismic change to the way we all do business.

Now, our latest research reveals how IT decision makers’ security concerns have been changed by enduring from home for so long; how they’ve adapted with new tools and training; and how confident they now are in their remote employees’ approach to security.

It also sounds a warning: That while employees care about getting security right, many are also suffering from “fear fatigue”. Adrenaline-fuelled anxiety and adaptation have left them feeling jaded or overwhelmed, making them vulnerable to simple security mistakes.

The story so far

The novel coronavirus outbreak of 2019 was declared a pandemic on 12 March 2020, and by April half the world’s population had been asked or ordered to stay at home. We have since learned that breaking transmission between co-workers—by asking them to work from home—is an effective way to slow the spread of the virus. As such, it has become a mainstay of our collective response to outbreaks and looks set to be a feature of working life for the foreseeable future.

What was once a novelty for many organizations has now become decidedly normal. The initial period of rapid, violent change forced businesses to implement expedient solutions, which created enormous headaches for IT and security teams, and new opportunities for attackers. Since then, the businesses that have survived the slings and arrows of the pandemic have had some time to take stock and look for better ways to work from home.

So, in the summer of 2021 we decided to survey 200 IT decision makers to find out how 18 months of working from home during a pandemic has changed the way organizations think about security, and how they have had to adapt.

This is what we learned:

1. IT has changed

Working from home has changed the devices and applications that employees use to get work done. Most obviously, home work requires communication and collaboration tools where employees can work together. They are the bricks and mortar of the virtual shared spaces that have replaced offices.

Unsurprisingly, more than 70% of our respondents told us their organizations now make greater use of video conferencing platforms like Zoom, use more cloud storage, and rely more heavily on instant messaging solutions, like Slack.

That’s important, because when employees change the way they use their computers, it changes the IT and security functions they rely on.

2. Security concerns have changed

Changes in where and how work is done have altered the risks that organizations care about. Chief among their concerns are how to control company data in the dispersed, cloud-dependent world of remote work.

63% of the IT decision makers we surveyed listed “exposing data or information accidentally” as one of their greatest cybersecurity concerns, while 52% listed the difficulty in off-boarding remote employees to prevent unauthorized future access.

A change in security concerns calls for a change in the way security is practiced, and it’s clear there have been significant changes here too.

3. Security measures have changed

When security concerns change, it’s only right that the way we practice security changes too. 74% of the IT decision makers we spoke to told us they’d responded to changing conditions by implementing new tools to enhance security, while 71% have rolled out new forms of training.

Our research reveals a reported increase in the use of cybersecurity and antivirus tools, password managers, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and two-factor authentication (2FA) among businesses working from home.

However, that work appears unfinished. Despite this investment in tools and training, decision makers also told us that finding the right cybersecurity tools and training to support remote work are still among their biggest challenges. In fact the only thing that ranked higher was the challenge of working with limited IT resources.

Those challenges notwithstanding, progress appears to have been made—in some organizations at least.

4. Businesses have adapted

April 2020 and the months that followed were a time of enormous, acute upheaval, and the eighteen months from then until we conducted our research continued to pose significant challenges for businesses. Nevertheless, some appear to have made progress towards a safer form of remote work.

62% of the decision makers we surveyed told us that their employees were either “very” or “acutely” aware of the security best practices they need to follow. And they aren’t simply passive observers: 83% want to do the right thing, and care about their security responsibilities. Overall, 56% of our respondents said their organizations had become slightly or significantly more secure since they began working from home, although it is worth noting that one quarter believe they are still less secure.

Overall, our decision makers appear to believe their employees know and care about security. However, our research also hints that, unmanaged, that caring could itself become a problem.

5. Adaptation has a human cost

Stress is an overused and undervalued word. It is a normal, physiological response to being threatened or feeling pressure, and if it’s sustained over a lengthy period of time it can lead to exhaustion and burnout. After 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 80% of our survey respondents reported some level of jadedness or “fear fatigue” in their organization.

This should not be a surprise—the threat of the novel coronavirus, and everything that made up the response to it, provided no end of potential sources of stress. Among them is the need to keep remote employees appraised of the increased cyberthreats they now face, and informed about how to deal with them. Alarmingly, a quarter of our decision makers reported that employees seemed “overwhelmed” by threats and jaded by security procedures.

It is a warning shot: It is good, imperative even, that remote employees care about the security threats they face and know what to do when they meet them. But the pandemic is far from over, and organizations need to tread a fine line between equipping their employees and overwhelming them.

To learn more about how the world of work is adapting to cyberthreats in the age of remote work, and how to deal with the looming threat of fear fatigue, read our report Still Enduring from Home.

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Kronos crippled by ransomware, service may be out for weeks

Malwarebytes - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:27

Human resources platform provider UKG has put out a statement saying it’s fallen prey to ransomware that has disrupted the Kronos Private Cloud. It expects the service to be out for several weeks.

The statement came after the company posted a message on the Kronos community message board, explaining that staff noticed unusual activity impacting UKG solutions using Kronos Private Cloud.

It’s unfortunate timing, given that the outage will likely cause Kronos customers to miss payroll for this week. Of course that’s never welcome, but it’s extra painful now, considering how close Christmas is. Kronos’ work management software is used by dozens of major corporations, local governments, and enterprises.

Kronos Private Cloud

UKG describes Kronos Private Cloud as a secure storage and server facility hosted at third-party data centers. It is used across UKG companies.

Other services impacted by the incident include Healthcare Extensions, UKG TeleStaff, and Banking Scheduling Solutions. The company is not aware of an impact to UKG Pro, UKG Ready, UKG Dimensions, or any other UKG products or solutions, which are housed in separate environments and not in the Kronos Private Cloud.

Under investigation

The company engaged cybersecurity experts to assess and resolve the situation, and has notified the authorities. The investigation remains ongoing, as it works to determine how bad and widespread the incident is. The company would not answer questions about which ransomware group was behind the attack.

UKG has urged customers to evaluate and implement alternative business continuity protocols related to the affected UKG solutions.

Employee data

Given the nature of the company and the fact that there is talk of ransomware, there is fear that private data may have been stolen. Many ransomware families steal confidential information before encrypting the files on the compromised network. They then use these data as extra leverage, threatening to publish the data if the victim refuses to pay the ransom.

UKG states that currently, there is no indication of compromise to employee data, but it is part of the ongoing investigation. Other sources have said that UKG contacted them and other clients to tell them that the ransomware attack may have compromised employee information like names, addresses, social security numbers, and employee IDs.

While it is important to know if your personal details or credentials have been leaked, it is significantly more important to act on it. What do you do now, knowing that your account has been compromised?

This all depends on what has been stolen, but let’s assume the worst and say it is your Social Security Number. A malevolent person who has your Social Security Number can use it to get other personal information about you. A few important things to remember:

  • Keep a close eye on your banking and eMoney accounts. Use the activity alerts that some banks offer.
  • Keep tabs on your posts in social media. It may look silly to check what you have supposedly posted yourself, but imagine someone else doing it for you.
  • Don’t pay for identity theft protection services. While this may seem counterintuitive, if the company responsible for keeping your data safe doesn’t pay for these services, it is almost never worth spending your own money on them.
Updates

UKG has promised to post regular updates on its website. If you are a customer, you can reach out to UKG or have a look at its community message boards. If we find out more about this attack, we will keep you posted here.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Top Comments – Pages 1563 – 1564

Looking For Group - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:21

Tuesday, YOU are the star! We curate our favourites from the previous week’s comments on lfg.co and Facebook and remind you how clever you are. Here are your top comments for Looking For Group pages 1563 – 1564. Looking For […]

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Review & Commentary On The Free issue #009 of the Cepheus Journal For the Cepheus Engine Rpg & 2d6 Family of Rpg's

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 20:30
Here comes  the free  issue #009 of the Cepheus Journal For the Cepheus Engine Rpg family of games. The Cepheus Engine rpg community is incredibly energetic to say the least about producing rpg content & the latest issue of this venerable downloadable magazine isn't an exception to this fan legacy. Right off the bat we get a fantastic Ian Stead cover & then dive into Ewan Spence's 2 RAR for Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Spear phish, whale phish, regular phish: What’s the difference?

Malwarebytes - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 16:50

There are many types of phishing attack nowadays, to the extent it can be tricky to keep up with them all. We have unique names for mobile attacks, postal attacks, threats sent via SMS and many more besides. However, we often see folks mix up their spears and their whales, and even occasionally confuse them with regular phish attempts. We’re here to explain exactly what the difference between all three terms is.

What is a phishing attack?

Think of this as the main umbrella term for all phishing attempts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spear, a whale, a smish or a vish, or anything else for that matter. They’re all able to be grouped under the banner of “phishing”. This is where someone tries to have you login on an imitation website. This site may emulate your bank, or a utility service, or even some form of parcel delivery.

They get you on the site in the first instance by sending a fake email, or text, or some other missive. The bogus message will emulate the real thing, and may be very convincing in terms of looking like the genuine article. They may also use real aspects of the actual website inside the email.

The phishing page, too, may steal real images or text from the genuine website. It’ll ask you for logins, or payment details, or both. Depending on what the phishers intend to do with stolen accounts, you may find they change your logins too.

What is spear phishing?

Regular phishing attacks are blasted out to random recipients in their hundreds, thousands, or hundreds of thousands. The sky is the limit. The attackers are hoping that if just a few people respond, they’ll be able to make their ill-gotten gains pay off. It’s potentially low risk, high reward.

Spear phishing, by contrast, is when the phisher targets specific people. It could be individuals, or people at a certain business. The intent may be financial, or it could be a nation state attack targeting folks in human rights, or legal services, or some other sensitive occupation.

What is whaling?

Whaling is the gold standard for targeted phish. They’re the biggest and most valuable people or organisations to go after. “Whales” are typically CEOs or other people crucial to the running of a business. They’ll have access to funds or be deeply embedded in payment processes/authorisation.

CEO/CFO fraud, where scammers convince employees that the CEO/CFO needs large sums of money wired overseas, is common. This is also more broadly known as a business email compromise scam.

The only way you’ll likely run into this attack if you’re not a CEO/CFO/similar is if you work in a department tied to money transfers. For example, in payroll, or some other financial aspect of the organisation. You’ll need to keep an eye out for bogus wire transfer requests, and the business should have processes and safeguards in place to combat CEO/CFO fraud attempts.

Further reading

We have a longer guide to avoiding spear phishing here. We also have a more general guide to detecting phishing attacks, which will hopefully help keep you safe from harm no matter what variety of phish you’re facing.

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