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WRITER: Rick Remender, Kieron Dwyer
ARTIST / COVER A: Kieron Dwyer

FEBRUARY 23 / 120 pages / FC/ M / $14.99

Meet Mary Specter, a misunderstood teenage girl trained to be a lucid dreamer. Mary’s father runs a sleep disorder clinic where Mary enters the ghastly dreams of disturbed people in an attempt to help them. When a patient turns out to be a serial killer, the nightmare world and the waking one become intertwined, putting Mary in real jeopardy. Writer RICK REMENDER (LOW, BLACK SCIENCE) and artist KIERON DWYER (LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS) take you on a visually magnificent walk through the mind.

Collects NIGHT MARY #1-5



FEBRUARY 02 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

2019 Creators for Creators Grant recipients, Nigerian brothers SHOBO and SHOF, present NEW MASTERS, a groundbreaking blend of science fiction, adventure, drama, and vibrant Afrofuturism. In a striking vision of West Africa under the thumb of alien colonizers, a motley crew of outcasts find themselves caught up in a power struggle for control of an ancient artifact with immense power.

“I had no idea, when we all picked this book for CfC, that, as good as it looked then, it would turn out this BEAUTIFUL. Amazing work!” —Charlie Adlard, THE WALKING DEAD

“Shobo and Shof give us an original, beautifully crafted sci-fi with NEW MASTERS. It’s an incredible debut from a distinctly African perspective. Shof’s rhythmic storytelling, palettes, and world building visuals perfectly seam with Shobo’s intriguing cast of heroes, cut throats, and politicians like only brothers can. Immerse yourself in this new world, you won’t regret it!” —Nick Dragotta, EAST OF WEST


WRITER: Ryan Parrott
COVER A: Declan Shalvey
COVER B: Goñi Montes
COVER D: Daniele Di Nicuolo

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

Yesterday: New Orleans’ greatest hero, ROGUE SUN, was murdered.

Today: rebellious teenager DYLAN SIEGEL discovers that Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus—and that he’s inherited his father’s mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural—and solving his father’s murder—Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating.

From acclaimed writer RYAN PARROTT (Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers, Dead Day) and rising star artist ABEL (Harley Quinn, Crimes of Passion) comes A SUPERNATURAL MURDER MYSTERY that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the IMAGE COMICS SUPERHERO UNIVERSE!


WRITER: Si Spurrier
ARTIST: Matheus Lopes, Matias Bergara
COVER A / COVER D: Matias Bergara
COVER B: Ian Bertram

FEBRUARY 23 / 48 pages / FC/ T+ / $4.99

An armored giant and a helpless child. Together they cross an astonishing world brimming with beasts, bandits, and—deadliest by far—civilizations… If they stop walking, the earth itself forces them onwards. WHY? The child can’t ask. She and her guardian have no language, no memory, nothing—except each other.

Multiple-Eisner nominees SI SPURRIER (X-Men), MATÍAS BERGARA (Coda), and MATHEUS LOPES (Supergirl) present a watershed moment in modern comics: four double-length chapters of a bittersweet fantasy opus, completely text free.

Let’s take a walk.

Early praise for STEP BY BLOODY STEP:

“My new favorite comic. Mysterious, inventive and heartfelt, without ever saying a word.” —JEFF LEMIRE

“A stunning feat… truly unique. Dazzles the eyes and swells the heart.” —SCOTT SNYDER

“I love anything these guys do, but nothing more than this.” —MARK MILLAR

“Gorgeous, heartfelt, surreal… three of my favorite creators.” —RICK REMENDER

“Beautiful story. Reminds us why comics are a visual medium.” —GABRIEL BÁ

“An incredible silent tale.” —FÁBIO MOON

“Haunting, ethereal and above all visually stunning.” —AL EWING

“Entirely without words, this beautiful fantasy will leave you speechless too.” —KIERON GILLEN


WRITER: Matt Hawkins
ARTIST / COVER A: Christian Dibari

FEBRUARY 09 / 48 pages / FC/ M / $4.99

A biracial boy in the Midwest uses a supernatural gift from his grandfather to push back against two older boys who are terrorizing him. In a tale inspired by the song “Colossus” by heavy metal band THE CLAY PEOPLE, intolerance, drug addiction, poverty, and boredom collide into a perfect storm of grisly revenge!

THE CLAY PEOPLE is a rock band hailing from Albany, New York. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on Mercury/Slipdisc records; their furiously propulsive lead single “Awake” climbed the radio charts and launched the band into an international touring act with the likes of Disturbed, Staind, Clutch, Rob Zombie, Static-X, Stabbing Westward, and Filter. “Colossus” is from THE CLAY PEOPLE’s latest album, Demon Hero.


WRITER / ARTIST: Jim Valentino

FEBRUARY 02 / 64 pages / FC/ T / $7.99

Just in time to celebrate Image Comics’ 30th anniversary, Image archivist and co-founder JIM VALENTINO details the company’s history (warts and all) in the single most comprehensive chronology of the company ever published. Featuring rarely seen covers, photos, milestones, and behind-the-scenes events from the company’s Marvel-ous beginnings to the present, this is the chronicle all future histories will be judged against.

Featuring an introduction by Image Publisher ERIC STEPHENSON and a chronicle of historic Image accolades, and printed in beautiful 64-page prestige format.


WRITER / COVER C: Rob Liefeld
ARTIST: Dan Panosian
COVER A: Dan Panosian, Rob Liefeld
COVER B: Greg Capullo
COVER D: Frank Miller

FEBRUARY 09 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The issue that started it all!

Prophet made his first appearance in 1992, electrifying fandom! We celebrate and commemorate his impact on comic books with this special facsimile edition that recreates and replicates Prophet’s historic first issue for his 30th anniversary!



FEBRUARY 23 / 64 pages / FC/ T+ / $8.99

SINA GRACE returns to writing and drawing for the first time in five years to deliver a frenzied story about two best friends and their antics in Hollyweird, California!

Rockstar plans the greatest house party ever as a means of lifting roommate Softboy’s spirits, but things take a gnarly turn when the dreaded PARTY ANIMAL shows up to make a mess of things…and dredge up long-held secrets between two BFFs who were supposed to share everything!


WRITER: Ryan Parrott, Mat Groom, Kyle Higgins
ARTIST / COVER A: Igor Monti, Francesco Manna
COVER B: Abel, Marcelo Costa
COVER C: Marcelo Costa, Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo
COVER D: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo

FEBRUARY 02 / 64 pages / FC/ T+ / $5.99


2021’s hottest new superhero RADIANT BLACK launches into his first ever crossover event with the Image Comics debut of INFERNO GIRL RED and the first appearance of ROGUE SUN! The future of Image’s superhero universe is here!

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid architects KYLE HIGGINS & RYAN PARROTT, MAT GROOM & FRANCESCO MANNA from Marvel’s Ultraman, and colorist extraordinaire IGOR MONTI unite for a one-shot, extra-length crossover event so big it can only be called—SUPERMASSIVE.


WRITER: Rodney Barnes
ARTIST / COVER A: Jason Shawn Alexander
COVER B: Jae Lee
COVER C: Nick Runge

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

“THE END OF ALL,” Part One
The perfect jumping-on point for new readers and a pivotal turning point for the series! The sold-out, Eisner Award-nominated horror series returns with the first issue of a brand new arc from RODNEY BARNES, the writer behind such hit shows as Marvel’s Runaways and STARZ’s American Gods, and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, the artist who redefined SPAWN.

Undead detective James Sangster Sr. and his werewolf allies are about to make their final stand against vampire queen Abigail Adams and necromancer Thomas Jefferson! But shocking new revelations come to light as demons unearthed from America’s past threaten the very world as we know it!


WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Mirka Andolfo

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Everything seems to have returned to status quo: Dill philanders with all the ladies at Infernum Press; Paprika works tirelessly (and shops online). But underneath, something is bubbling inside of her. Let’s face it—the situation is getting a little out of control with Paprika. But that could mean a lot of fun.

7174 ANNUAL 01

WRITER: T.P. Louise, Ashley Wood
ARTIST / COVER A: Ashley Wood

MARCH 02 / 88 pages / FC/ M / $9.99

Presenting an oversized collection of rarely seen but often-requested comics from ASHLEY WOOD’s house of 7174. Written by T.P. LOUISE and ASHLEY WOOD and gorgeously illustrated by WOOD, this 88-page extravaganza features fan-favorites Ashtro Lad, Les Mort 13, World War Robot, Adventure Kartel, and more!


WRITER: Kurt Busiek
ARTIST: Will Blyberg, Brent E. Anderson, Alex Sinclair, Steve Buccellato
COVER A: Alex Ross

MARCH 30 / 496 pages / FC/ T / $29.99

A hero dreams of flight. An alien spy prepares for invasion. A young man is mentored by a hero with dark secrets. A street criminal discovers a hero’s identity. And much, much more. Step into a world of heroes and see them from a whole different perspective. These are the multiple-award-winning stories that began the epic series and changed how we think about superheroes.

Collects KURT BUSIEK’S ASTRO CITY, VOL. 1 (#1-6) & VOL. 2 (#1-12, #½)


WRITER: J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
ARTIST: J.H. Williams III, Todd Klein, Dave Stewart
COVER A: J.H. Williams III

JUNE 22 / 272 pages / FC/ M / $34.99

The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers…

The multiple award-winning Batwoman team of J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra) reunites! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN.

In a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, reckless thief Hope Redhood holds the key to excavating its dark, strange past―if only she and her crew can escape a tyrannical wizard and his unstoppable daughter. But fate will send them all on a path leading to a war between worlds.

Select praise for ECHOLANDS:

“Subverts expectations at every turn while building an ever-expanding world. J. H. WILLIAMS III & W. HADEN BLACKMAN have constructed a magical world for their charming characters in ECHOLANDS.” —Comic Book Resources

“With a format and style all its own, ECHOLANDS is nearly a brochure for its own potential to be the Next Big Important Comic.” —AIPT

“Overflowing in the best way possible… this comic is an explosion of excess and unyielding, chaotic fun.” —Multiversity Comics

“A comic you should try based on artwork alone.” —ComicBook.com

“A blast of immersive fantastical originality. The story J. H. WILLIAMS III & W. HADEN BLACKMAN have come up with is rife with mystery and suspense, and delivered with masterful precision. Williams and Dave Stewart’s visuals are inconceivably wild and wonderful, matched only by the pair’s other works.” —Monkeys Fighting Robots

“It’s every fictional world, each with its own artistic style, intersecting and exploding with JHW3 magic and crackle. I can’t wait to see where he and W. HADEN BLACKMAN are taking us―into a world in which anything can happen, and undoubtedly will.” ―NEIL GAIMAN

“So complex and unique and expertly executed it pushes the medium forward in new directions and leads to invigorated interest in the medium of comics itself.” ―ROBERT KIRKMAN

“A dazzling, kinetic ride through an exquisitely realized fantasy world, bursting with graphic energy and excitement.” ―DAVE GIBBONS

Collects ECHOLANDS #1-6

TRIM SIZE: 11.125″ x 7.25″


WRITER: Patrick Kindlon
ARTIST / COVER A: Marco Ferrari

FEBRUARY 23 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $9.99

“Grounded, energetic, and ambitious.” —AIPT

A retired superhero is coaxed back into action by an environmentalist group, only to find life as a spokesperson makes him a target for old and new enemies alike! Doing a tree-sit protest to stop a logging company means everyone he’s ever had a problem with knows where to find him. And they come running.

Collects FRONTIERSMAN #1-5


WRITER: Daniel Warren Johnson
ARTIST: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
COVER A: Mike Spicer, Daniel Warren Johnson

MAY 11 / 264 pages / FC/ T / $29.99

From superstar creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, EXTREMITY)!

The world is under attack by hideous monsters, and Jake’s life is falling apart—until he meets Murder Falcon. Murf was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can’t do it without Jake shredding up a storm.

Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth!

This new edition collects the entire MURDER FALCON miniseries and SKYBOUND X short story, along with covers and a sketchbook, in one oversized hardcover volume.

Collects MURDER FALCON #1-8 & SKYBOUND X Short


WRITER: Alex Paknadel, James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Ram V, Steve Foxe
ARTIST: Jenna Cha, John J. Pearson, Trevor Henderson, Tyler Boss, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
COVER A: David Romero

APRIL 27 / 388 pages / FC/ M / $49.99

The self-published terror sensation finally arrives in a deluxe hardcover collecting the first year! Co-created by JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Something is Killing the Children) and STEVE FOXE, RAZORBLADES: THE HORROR MAGAZINE features over 350 pages of horror from some of the most cutting-edge names in the genre. From monsters in the closet to bodies stuffed in washing machines, RAZORBLADES redefines horror comics for the next era. Also includes prose, illustrations, and in-depth interviews with horror icons like SCOTT SNYDER.



WRITER: James Tynion IV
ARTIST: Josh Hixson, Fernando Blanco, Liana Kangas, Martin Simmonds, Andy Belanger, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
COVER A: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

APRIL 27 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

RAZORBLADES: SMALL CUTS SPECIAL #1 collects all of JAMES TYNION IV’s contributions from the first year of RAZORBLADES into one issue, and includes art from MARTIN SIMMONDS (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH), JOSH HIXSON (Batman/Fortnite: Foundation), and more. This special collector’s item also reprints the debut of KILLBOY, TYNION’s original character with Batman collaborator Ricardo Lopez Ortiz.

TRIM SIZE: 7.25″ x 10.875″


WRITER: Skottie Young
ARTIST / COVER A: Jorge Corona

MARCH 02 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99

Writer SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool, Strange Academy) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Super Sons, Feathers) follow up their critically acclaimed series MIDDLEWEST with a haunting new tale. An artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an old house in a small town, hoping to find solace and inspiration—only to realize that the muse she finds within may not be what she expected. Fans of STEPHEN KING and NEIL GAIMAN will enjoy this beautiful, dark, and disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.


Select praise for THE ME YOU LOVE IN THE DARK:

“A fantastic start to what promises to be a rich, dark, and vibrant tale.” —ComicBook.com

“For a book about an artist, this comic lives up to the quality of an expert painter through color and linework.” —AIPT

“A brilliant and balanced beginning.” —The GWW

“A classic haunted house story with a modern twist.” —Geek’d Out


WRITER: John Zuur Platten
ARTIST / COVER A: Atilio Rojo

FEBRUARY 23 / 128 pages / FC/ T+ / $16.99

From the writer of Jurassic World Evolution, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, and Wanted: Weapons of Fate comes a revenge tale that spans millennia! No good deed goes unpunished.

When Mercedes Oro, a young missionary on the outskirts of a small frontier town, takes in and cares for a dying outlaw, the outlaw’s gang repays her by attacking her mission, killing her family, stealing the golden artifacts she swore to protect, and leaving her for dead with a dagger through her heart. Unbeknownst to the gang, the cursed dagger resurrects Mercedes, and she is reborn as St. Mercy, an avenging angel of death. Now, she’s out to recover her gold and deal violent retribution to those who wronged her, all while confronting Toctollissica, the spirit in the cursed Incan artifact that’s keeping her amongst the living.

Collects ST. MERCY #1-4


WRITER: Christopher Sebela
ARTIST / COVER A: Triona Farrell, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt

FEBRUARY 16 / 160 pages / FC/ T+ / $17.99

Fired and ditched by Charlie, Vita sets off in hot pursuit of her former client and some answers. But Charlie’s not alone. She’s hired a brand new bodyguard, Circe, unaware she’s a killer who has been stalking Charlie since her crowdfunded assassination campaign began.

As this catastrophic throuple cat-and-mouses its way across America, feelings and knives and secrets will come out, including who started Charlie’s Reapr campaign and why everyone wants her dead. All leading to a bloody showdown with the shadowy group responsible for turning Charlie’s murder into a viral sensation.

The final arc of the GLAAD-nominated and two-time Eisner Award-nominated series by writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (SHANGHAI RED, HIGH CRIMES), artists RO STEIN & TED BRANDT (DC Pride, Captain Marvel), TRIONA FARRELL (Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu), and CARDINAL RAE (BINGO LOVE, ROSE).


WRITER: Charles Soule
ARTIST / COVER A: Ryan Browne

MAY 11 / 760 pages / FC/ M / $49.99

HERE AT LAST from CHARLES SOULE (Star Wars) and RYAN BROWNE (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS): CURSE WORDS: THE HOLE DAMNED THING, a massive omnibus collection of the magical, hilarious, oddly moving story of an evil wizard named Wizord, his talking koala sidekick Margaret, and their journey to be good (or at least slightly less bad) in this dark, unforgiving world of ours.

Collects all 28 issues originally published by Image Comics, the previously unpublished full-length epilogue issue CURSE WORDS: AFTER WORDS, with an introduction by Late Night With Stephen Colbert writer DANIEL KIBBLESMITH, and pages upon pages of bonus material. The definitive collection of the series that JOE HILL (JOE HILL’S RAIN, Locke & Key) calls a “terrific, terrific comic.”

Collects CURSE WORDS #1-28 and CURSE WORDS: AFTER WORDS Epilogue Special


WRITER: W. Maxwell Prince
ARTIST / COVER A: Martín Morazzo

FEBRUARY 23 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99

ICE CREAM MAN—the critically acclaimed, bestselling anthological comic book series—continues here with four more unfortunate, enervating episodes of descent: a plane falls from the sky; a man climbs to the bottom of his family tree; Oscar’s blood pressure dips below 90/60! It’s a compendium of comedowns carefully calibrated for curious and crestfallen content consumers…so come join us below.

Collects ICE CREAM MAN #25-28


WRITER: Chelsea Cain
ARTIST: Kate Niemczyk, Lia Miternique
COVER A: Lia Miternique

FEBRUARY 23 / 192 pages / FC/ T+ / $19.99

Maude, now age 15, returns to her childhood summer camp to find that dark forces are lurking in the woods. MAN-EATERS: THE CURSED reunites the original Eisner-nominated MAN-EATERS creative team, led by New York Times bestselling thriller writer CHELSEA CAIN, for another tale of adolescent feminist derring-do and supernatural hijinks. Smart, laugh-out-loud funny, provocative, referential, scary, compulsively re-readable, and chock-full of collectible ephemera. Each volume comes with a Patriarchy Reparations packet.



WRITER: Chris Dingess
ARTIST: Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni
COVER A: Matthew Roberts

MARCH 30 / 128 pages / FC/ M / $16.99

In 1803, Lewis and Clark were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the uncharted United States westward. Not to mention kill every damn creature in their path.

Now, the Pacific Coast is within sight, and their long and terrifying journey is almost over. There is just the matter of resolving their bargain with a demon …

In 2013, CHRIS DINGESS and MATTHEW ROBERTS began their acclaimed historical adventure series…now, they conclude their adventure, and may God save our souls.

Collects MANIFEST DESTINY #43-48


WRITER: Charles Soule, Scott Snyder
ARTIST: Leonardo Marcello Grassi, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Matt Wilson
COVER A: Giuseppe Camuncoli

FEBRUARY 09 / 176 pages / FC/ M / $16.99

The smash hit series by New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (Dark Nights: Death Metal, WYTCHES) and CHARLES SOULE (Star Wars, CURSE WORDS), with art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), newcomer LEONARDO MARCELLO GRASSI, and Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) continues!

The journey through the transformed United States continues as our group of explorers ventures into the third Zone: POSSIBILITY, a region built on the endlessly evolving landscape of American creativity, from folklore to VR. The team will encounter bizarre transformations and amalgamations of the nation’s greatest cultural achievements as they try to survive long enough to tell a story of their own.



WRITER: Kurt Busiek
ARTIST / COVER A: José Rafael Fonteriz, Carlos Pacheco, José Villarrubia
COVER B: Karl Kerschl
COVER C: Greg Smallwood
COVER D: Paul Renaud

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99

Taken prisoner by the Prussians, Fletcher seeks an ally as the Blood Emperor’s forces plan and the Black Baron strikes.

BOLERO #2 (OF 5)

WRITER: Wyatt Kennedy
ARTIST / COVER A: Luana Vecchio
COVER B: Brandon Graham

FEBRUARY 16 / 56 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

With her dimensional-door-opening key, Devyn escapes through the multiverse to mend her broken heart. She visits her life as a Victorian aristocrat in the age of dinosaurs, an astronaut watching planets die, a ritual sacrifice—and, worst of all, a pop idol with an intensely overbearing stage mom! Let’s hope she survives.


WRITER: Donny Cates
ARTIST / COVER A: Dee Cunniffe, Geoff Shaw, John J. Hill
COVER B: Martin Simmonds

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

“MEANWHILE,” Part Five

The comic book killer has been revealed! But can he be stopped??? Well I’m not going to tell you here. This is a solicitation. Don’t be ridiculous. Anyway, I feel like all we do is talk about me and the book. How are you? How’s the shop going? You guys check out ROSENBERG’s new book yet? WHAT’S THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE? Man, is that a good book. Anyway, gotta run. Order a million copies of this issue please. Bye!


WRITER: Rick Remender
ARTIST: Lee Loughridge, Wes Craig
COVER A: Wes Craig
COVER B: Chuma Hill

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99


Scars can be a physical reminder of painful memories. However, after enough time, those reminders can become fond memories.


WRITER: James Tynion IV
ARTIST / COVER B: Jorge Fornes
COVER A: Martin Simmonds

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The third arc of Eisner-nominated THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH concludes here, as breakout star JORGE FORNES (Rorschach) joins the team to reveal the long-awaited secrets behind one of the biggest conspiracy theories of all time. Strap in, folks: Richard Nixon has a moon landing to fake.


WRITER: J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
ARTIST: J.H. Williams III, Todd Klein
COVER A: J.H. Williams III
COVER B: Francesco Francavilla

FEBRUARY 16 / 40 pages / FC/ M / $4.99

Each issue of ECHOLANDS also offers an accompanying RAW CUT EDITION, featuring the art of J. H. WILLIAMS III as it looked leaving his work studio, plus translucent lettering.

Hope Redhood’s journey is just beginning, as the part one of the genre-bending ECHOLANDS comes to a close. After only just escaping from the crime lord demigod Romulus, Hope and her crew are confronted by their former captor—but will he be an ally or an enemy? Will Cor kill him or trust him? Can Dena come to terms with new cybernetic changes? Will Rosa finally accept Hope’s plans? What is wrong with Castrum’s gut? And what new dangers await the band of thieves when they finally reach Horror Hill?


WRITER: Pornsak Pichetshote
ARTIST: Alexandre Tefenkgi, Lee Loughridge
COVER A: Dave Johnson
COVER B: Alexandre Tefenkgi

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

It’s blood, tears, and chaos as Hark finally uncovers the truth behind Ivy Chen’s disappearance and how it relates to his surrogate family, in the tense finale to one of the year’s most critically acclaimed hit books.

“Could not feel more timely these days.” —Entertainment Weekly


COVER B: Tommy Lee Edwards

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Dio and Natas dream-jump into the mind of an evil gangster and all hell breaks loose! Next-level, psychedelic visuals in this one, folks! Packed from cover to cover (no ads!) with completely unique eye-poppin’ MAHFOOD art, including bonus comics and behind-the-scenes fun! Plus, an absolutely badass variant cover from superstar artist TOMMY LEE EDWARDS! Feel the Funk!


WRITER: Todd McFarlane
ARTIST / COVER A: Brett Booth
COVER B: Jonathan Glapion

FEBRUARY 09 / 24 pages / FC/ T / $2.99

The return of the new and more powerful CLOWN continues!!!

His epic return comes with a double dose of evil, as he has found a way to split himself in two. Now, both the Clown and the Violator can attack the Gunslinger at the same time!


WRITER: Brian Haberlin
ARTIST: Brian Haberlin, Geirrod van Dyke
COVER A / COVER B / COVER D: Geirrod van Dyke, Brian Haberlin
COVER C: Jay Anacleto, Brian Haberlin

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99


Virgil risks it all to escape Hell and return to Earth with the evidence he needs to bring down the conspirators. But a surprise awaits him on the Earth side. Is it a friend…or a lethal foe? Tune in to find out!


WRITER: Dan Watters
ARTIST / COVER A: Caspar Wijngaard
COVER B: Michael Dialynas

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The history of the ghosts is laid bare as Rip and Buzz’s hunt for the final missing ghost of the Old James House takes them deep into the past sins of America.


WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Emma Kubert, Rusty Gladd

FEBRUARY 02 / 24 pages / FC/ T / $3.99

The specter of Vallathrax removes the cat’s collar and fastens the bell to the end of his ghostly wand. Unable to avoid him any longer, the Seeker witnesses what became of him, why he left the family, and the unfortunate truth of his demise.


WRITER: Mark Millar
ARTIST / COVER A / COVER B: Matteo Scalera
COVER C: Ozgur Yildirim

FEBRUARY 09 / 32 pages / FC/ / $3.99

Retired secret agent Sir Roland King has murdered the people he blames for all the wars, recessions, and mounting joblessness. Now, his killing spree around the world takes him to the one opponent he can never beat. His enemies are circling around him and every government in the world wants him dead, but he still has one more trick up his sleeve.


WRITER: Sean Lewis
ARTIST / COVER B: Javi Fernandez
COVER A: Björn Barends

FEBRUARY 09 / 24 pages / FC/ T / $2.99

Spawn returns to where his journey began: New York City. The city has always had the touch of filth in its streets, but now the rot has reached the boardroom of one of the largest hedge funds in the world.


WRITER / COVER C: Joe Benitez
ARTIST: Joe Benitez, Beth Sotelo
COVER A: Beth Sotelo, Joe Benitez
COVER B: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jay Anacleto

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

Just when young Mechanika begins to make friends among the other inmates at the Ministry of Health, secret government agents arrive to take her away. Will she end up imprisoned somewhere even worse? Or can Kat’s machinations stop them?


WRITER: Mark Millar
ARTIST / COVER A / COVER B: Stuart Immonen
COVER C: Liam Sharp, Ryan Sook
COVER D: Ryan Sook

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Cordelia Moonstone is the leader of the Magic Order after years of wasting her life on drink, drugs, and men. Now, one of those men from her past is back in Cordelia’s life at the worst possible moment—for the organization and for the world—as the Order faces its greatest threat yet. Don’t miss the penultimate chapter of this classic from MILLAR and IMMONEN. Soon to be a major series from Netflix.



FEBRUARY 09 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

The anthology series set on Monkey Meat Island continues with the unfortunate adventures of Haricot, a sweet young boy who falls victim to harsh bullying. When Haricot finally gets the power to assert himself, will he become a hero—or a monster?


WRITER: Marjorie Liu
ARTIST / COVER A: Sana Takeda

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Trapped in the labyrinth of her mind, Maika begins to unravel the horrific secrets she and Zinn have long kept buried in their memories—secrets that will change her life forever.


WRITER: Nadia Shammas, Chip Zdarsky
ARTIST: Ziyed Yusuf Ayoub, Jacob Phillips
COVER A: Jacob Phillips

FEBRUARY 09 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

A cop is dead, and none of the families claim responsibility. Newburn will have to tread carefully, or else he might be next…



WRITER: Rodney Barnes
COVER B: Jason Shawn Alexander

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

From the universe of Eisner-nominated series KILLADELPHIA comes a terrifying new tie-in horror series by acclaimed Marvel writer RODNEY BARNES and fan-favorite SPAWN artist JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER.

The demon Corson and his enemy Anansi the Spider-God clash for the first time in eons, and this battle will determine the fate of man. Meanwhile, paranormal investigator Nita Hawes finds herself at a crossroads, and the spirit of her dead brother Jason hangs in the balance!


WRITER: Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel
ARTIST: Tony S. Daniel, Marcelo Maiolo
COVER A / COVER C: Marcelo Maiolo, Tony S. Daniel
COVER B: Dustin Nguyen
COVER D: Tony S. Daniel

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The deadliest hunters in the world become the hunted as the Ferrymen take matters into their own hands, and Blacktop Bill sees the light as these two treacherous journeys lead on.


WRITER: John Leguizamo, Aram Rappaport, Joe Miciak
ARTIST / COVER A: Chris Batista

FEBRUARY 02 / 24 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

All appears to be lost for our hero Max Gomez, who finds himself imprisoned again just as the lives of his fellow experimentees and his family are most threatened.

This issue marks the epic conclusion of Gomez’s journey as PhenomX, as he finally discovers not only the identity of the mysterious “Glowing Man” who’s unleashing chaos in New York City, but also his own true potential.


WRITER: Jeff Lemire
ARTIST / COVER A / COVER D: Andrea Sorrentino
COVER B: Brian Michael Bendis
COVER C: Yuko Shimizu

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The mind-bending conclusion to the exhilarating new series by JEFF LEMIRE and ANDREA SORRENTINO! Our animal astronauts make a final attempt to return to Earth as their allies on the ground fight desperately to guide them home.


WRITER: Joe Hill, David M. Booher
ARTIST / COVER A / COVER D: Zoe Thorogood
COVER B: Elizabeth Beals
COVER C: Renae Deliz, Ray Dillon

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

As tragedy strikes around her, Honeysuckle does the only thing she knows to do—she devises a plan to walk to Denver to make sure her loved ones are okay. Though the deadly rain could fall at any moment, she quickly learns there are things just as dangerous as the corrupted weather: other people. Adapted by rising stars DAVID M. BOOHER (Canto) and ZOE THOROGOOD (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott).


WRITER: Donny Cates
ARTIST / COVER A: Dee Cunniffe, Lisandro Estherren

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99


The war to end all wars! Generations of bad blood have led to one final bloody conflict! The end is coming!


WRITER: Rick Remender
ARTIST / COVER A: André Lima Araújo

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Sonny tries to protect Neva and Xavier—at all costs.

SAGA #56

WRITER: Brian K. Vaughan
ARTIST / COVER A: Fiona Staples

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $2.99

Everyone mourns in their own way. The most emotional epic in comics continues, still for only $2.99!


WRITER: Sean Lewis
COVER A: Francesco Mattina
COVER B: Todd McFarlane

FEBRUARY 16 / 24 pages / FC/ / $2.99

The Scorched team is still on the ground in Russia, but now they are the hunted…


WRITER: Rick Remender
ARTIST / COVER A: Roland Boschi, Moreno Dinisio
COVER B: Mike McKone

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Ernie finally gets everything that’s coming to him.


WRITER: Vita Ayala
ARTIST / COVER A: Michael Walsh
COVER B: Nicole Rifkin

FEBRUARY 09 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

The South Bronx is on fire and a crooked cop can clear his debts if he helps it burn. But with each dirty deed, THE SILVER COIN gets hotter to handle. A new episode of the hit horror anthology from VITA AYALA, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, RAM V, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, and MICHAEL WALSH is out this month.

SPAWN #327

WRITER: Rory McConville
ARTIST: Carlo Barberi
COVER A: Don Aguillo
COVER B: Todd McFarlane

FEBRUARY 16 / 24 pages / FC/ T / $2.99

The war for control of the Dead Zone enters a new phase as a surprising faction emerges, one that threatens to destabilize Spawn’s plans to rid the world of the forces of Heaven and Hell.


WRITER / COVER B: Iolanda Zanfardino
ARTIST / COVER A: Elisa Romboli

FEBRUARY 02 / 32 pages / FC/ T / $3.99

Our two troublemakers are only at the second stop of their journey, but something is changing between them. Even the headstrong Doctor Mag is starting to realize it.

Meanwhile, someone at home notices Doc’s mysterious disappearance and draws the attention of the intimidating pharmaceutical company.


WRITER: Rory McConville, Declan Shalvey
ARTIST: Joe Palmer
COVER A: Declan Shalvey
COVER B: Filipe Andrade

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

A figure from Tatsuo’s past sets a dangerous plan in motion, while Nadia confronts the Warden about her family’s true whereabouts.


WRITER: John Arcudi
ARTIST / COVER A: Giovanna Niro, Valerio Giangiordano
COVER B: Chris Bolton, Bill Crabtree

FEBRUARY 23 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

“GHOST WAR,” Part Five
The earth is rejecting its dead. The spirit world bleeds into ours. All reason has vanished. The Ghost War is here!


WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST / COVER B: Dave McCaig, Charlie Adlard
COVER A: Dave McCaig, David Finch
COVER C: Mike Del Mundo

FEBRUARY 02 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

With the help of new allies inside Woodbury, Rick and Glenn make it out alive, while Michonne remains to take care of unfinished business.

This deluxe presentation in STUNNING FULL COLOR also features another installment of Cutting Room Floor and creator commentary.


WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST / COVER B: Dave McCaig, Charlie Adlard
COVER A: Dave McCaig, David Finch
COVER C: Mike Del Mundo

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99

Michonne gets her revenge, but will it be enough?


WRITER: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTIST / COVER A: Tyler Boss
COVER B: Ryan Stegman
COVER C: Courtney Menard
COVER D: Brian Level

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $3.99

The Carnival has come to town and everyone is here! But the Academy has a dark secret, and if it gets out now, this may be the end of the journey. But wait…

Is that Sid?


WRITER: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTIST / COVER A: Tyler Boss

FEBRUARY 16 / 32 pages / FC/ T+ / $14.99

The end of the world will have a soundtrack.

Every issue of this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age series will offer an extremely limited number of Deluxe Editions, featuring an exclusive cover and a 7″ record with two songs from some of today’s best indie and punk bands, recorded specially for this project.

This issue: SPIRITUAL CRAMP makes some good old-fashioned American noise while CHUBBY AND THE GANG brings some overseas trouble.

Only available at comic shops!

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Macramé Crochet Stars Tutorial – Live!

Moogly - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 15:59

Today, I want to teach you how to take an old Moogly pattern with discontinued yarn, and turn it into something new! I’ll share the latest Moogly news, and walk you through the Macramé Crochet Stars Tutorial below. And don’t miss all the other lives I’m doing in the next few weeks – sign up...

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Windows 10 chills out, gives sysadmins a break

Malwarebytes - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 15:03

A few short weeks ago, Microsoft launched the very latest version of its desktop operating system (OS), Windows 11. In security terms, Windows 11 is very much Windows 10 with knobs on. Or what Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel might describe as Windows 10 turned up to 11.

Unlike Tufnel’s description of his infamous “one louder” amps though, the Redmond software giant’s approach to security shows signs of intelligence at work. And its reassuringly sensible, evolutionary approach indicates that Microsoft thinks it is on the right track.

Its aim for Windows 11 is much the same as it was for Windows 10: To make changes that take entire classes of vulnerabilities off the table for attackers. In broad terms, its approach is to use virtualization to create safe, protected environments for sensitive operations, and to build trust from the ground up, on top of trustworthy hardware specs.

In fact, a lot of what makes Windows 11 better for security than Windows 10 is that Microsoft is simply making things that are optional in Windows 10 mandatory (or at least a default) in Windows 11.

So, unlike some of the previous transitions between major versions of Windows, there is a very obvious continuity between the two most recent versions, and a sense that Windows 11 is just the latest version of Windows 10.

And it seems that continuity is now flowing upstream as well as down.

Last week Microsoft used its announcement about the availability of the Windows 10 November 2021 Update to reveal that Windows 10 is ditching its twice-yearly release schedule and moving to the calmer annual release cycle of its sibling:

“We will transition to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, targeting annual feature update releases … The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second half of 2022.”

This is not a security announcement per se—sysadmins will still have to digest enormous patch furballs on the second Tuesday of every month when the LCU (Latest Cumulative Update) is released—but we reckon it is good for security.

I asked Malwarebytes’ Windows expert Alex Smith, the brains behind our recent, detailed assessment of whether or not Windows 11 is any good for security (spoiler alert: yes, it is) for his thoughts.

Smith’s take: This switch can only help security.

It will be a welcome change by most, especially software developers, IT admins, technicians, help desks, Microsoft itself, and end users. Having to plan for and support a new Windows OS build every six months was a chore and led to lots of late adoption or deferment, which could impact security.

Smith says the new release schedule should give everyone a little more breathing space to prepare, adopt, and react to Windows releases, which could lead to:

  • Higher adoption rates of the latest builds.
  • Reduced build fragmentation in the ecosystem.
  • More time for Microsoft to stabilize its updates before releasing them.
  • Fewer “headaches” for software developers, IT admins, support staff, and users.

Of course it is just breathing space, and there is no guarantee it will be used productively. Most businesses are more than capable of over-committing security and IT staff, and the window of opportunity will close quickly, but there is a window.

Perhaps it will provide an opportunity for some organizations to run the rule over Windows 11.

Alongside revealing its changes to the Windows 10 release schedule, Microsoft also announced it was increasing the pace of the Windows 11 rollout, “making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices”. This is also good news. Microsoft can only achieve its lofty aim of making classes of vulnerability obsolete when Windows 11 is predominant, but the operating system’s beefed-up security comes at the cost of eye-watering hardware demands, which seem likely to chill the pace of adoption.

Anything that gives them a bit of warming sunshine is to be welcomed.

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Doctor Who 2022: New Year’s Day Cast and Synopsis!

Blogtor Who - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 01:24

 Doctor Who: Flux isn’t even over yet, but the BBC have already announced initial details of January’s Doctor Who Special! As part of their unveiling of their new Christmas schedule, the BBC have announced the first details of the Doctor Who New Year’s Day special. The festive episode will see the Doctor, Yaz and Dan […]

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Viewing Figures Update: Once, Upon +7s and Overnights of the Angels

Blogtor Who - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 21:43

Once Upon Time’s +7 viewing figures reveal the most average of time-shifts, while Village of the Angels is overtaken by I’m a Celeb and prestige dramas on overnights   Last night’s Village of the Angels may have burned down the internet with happy screaming fans. But we also have an update on the previous episode. […]

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The Keep on The Borderlands of Realities - Law, Chaos, & the Holy Grail In ACK's Stormbringer

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 17:39
 Let's once again step onto the moonbeam paths of the Holy Grail & Chaos with continuing our discussion of The Fisher Kings & the Michael Moorcock mythos of Law & Chaos right from here. This brings everything home with  Adventurer, Conqueror, King Heroic Fantasy  Handbook. And ACK's makes a perfect alternative rpg to create an alternative Stormbringer rpg campaign. And this dove tails into the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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How to defend your website against card skimmers

Malwarebytes - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 17:00

Black Friday and the holiday season are approaching, and shoppers are forecast to spend record amounts again this year. Retail websites big and small can expect a lot of interest from shoppers looking for deals, and a lot of interest from cybercriminals looking to cash in on those shoppers, by stealing their credit card details with stealthy card skimmers.

Card skimmers, or web skimmers, are pieces of malicious software that criminals piggyback on to legitimate websites, so they can steal shoppers’ credit card details. The skimmers read the details as users type them into the sites’ payment forms, or replace the payment forms with convincing fakes. Attackers have even been seen adding entire checkout pages to sites that don’t take payments. Skimmers can steal card details in real time, as they are typed, even before the victim clicks “submit” on the payment form.

Skimmers allow criminal hackers to silently rob every customer that makes a purchase on an infected website, until they are discovered and removed. Malwarebytes products detect card skimmers, and our Threat Intelligence team tracks and investigates them. We know that card skimming activity tends to increase inline with busy shopping days, and shop owners need to be extra-vigilant heading in to the holiday season.

A payment form created by a card skimmer and a real payment form side by side. Can you spot the fake? The answer is at the end of the aritcle*.

In this article we will explain the basic steps you should take to secure your website against card skimmers. Getting these basics right will also protect your website against a range of other cyberthreats too.

But before we look at how to secure your site, let’s look at why you should, if you’re only running a small mom-and-pop shop.

Why you aren’t too small to get hacked

If you think your website is too small to be of interest to cybercriminals, think again. They don’t care how small your site is. Really. In fact, they don’t care about you at all and may never even look at your website.

Cybercriminals don’t break into websites one by one, using their best guess to figure out your password like they do in the movies. They use computer programs to scan the Internet for vulnerable websites. There are millions of vulnerable websites out there, and scanning the entire Internet to find them is fast, cheap, and easy.

When they find a site they can break into, they inject a card skimmer, automatically.

Their objective is to break into thousands of websites at a time and the process is automated and can run continuously. It effectively costs criminals nothing to break into even the smallest website, so every website—no matter how small—is an attractive target.

Websites without a payment form can be still be targeted, or monetised in other ways, so even if your site doesn’t sell anything, it is still at risk.

Securing your website

With an Internet full of potential targets to choose from, you don’t have to do much to make your website less attractive to attackers. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to outrun the bear that’s chasing you, you just have to outrun the other people running away from the bear!

So, how do you move a little faster than the others?

Step 0, keep your computer secure

The first step in keeping your website secure is to make sure that your computer, and computers belonging to anyone else who administers the site, are secure. If your computer has malware on it, it doesn’t matter how secure your website is, because criminals can just steal your password or login in to your website from your computer, pretending to be you.

Keep your software up to date with security fixes, and install a modern antivirus solution, a password manager, and a securiity plugin for your browser, like BrowserGuard.

Set strong passwords. Never share them, never reuse them

One of the easiest ways to break into a website is to guess an administrator password for the software that runs the website—its Content Management System (CMS). If an attacker can do that, they can do anything they like to the website, including adding a card skimmer and dismantling any defences you have.

Just as they don’t search for websites manually, attackers don’t guess passwords manually either. They have computer programs for that too. And once their scanner finds your website, another computer program will happily plug away 24/7, trying to guess your password. They will move on eventually, but they may have made thousands of attempts before they do.

The good news is that you can seriously sharpen up your password game by avoiding a few bad habits:

  • Bad passwords. Cybercrooks don’t guess passwords randomly, they use lists of popular passwords. The ten thousand most common passwords are full of easy-to-type sequences like 123456, 1111, and qwertyuiop, or they are made from names and common words like monkey, michael or trustno1. If your password is on that list, or looks like the passwords on that list, your website is in trouble.
  • Shared passwords. If you share a password with somebody you have no idea if they are storing it securely, or who they might be sharing it with. The only way to ensure passwords stay secret is to never share them. Give everyone their own account, with their own password, and tell them not to share.
  • Passwords you’ve used elsewhere. Alongside common passwords, criminals also use lists of usernames and passwords exposed in data breaches (this is called credential stuffing). Chances are you’ve lost at least one password in a data breach. If you never use the same password twice, you can’t be caught by credential stuffing.
  • Everyone’s an admin. It’s often convenient to give everyone who works on a site an administrator account, so their work isn’t interrupted by being denied access to something. But every separate administrator login gives criminals another potential way in. Save administrator-level access for the people that need it, and aim for the smallest number of administrators you can get away with.

You can get to grips with most of these bad habits by adding two-factor authentication (2FA) to your site. 2FA forces users to provide another piece of information with their password when they log in, such as a one-time code from an app. Any decent website CMS will have a 2FA option built in, or 2FA plugins that are easy to find and install.

If your company uses a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to provide secure, remote access to company systems, you could limit access to your website login screen to company VPN users too.

Keep website software up to date, every day

Another easy way to break into a website is by exploiting a software vulnerability in the web server, CMS, or plugins your website uses. A vulnerability is a coding flaw that lets attackers do things they aren’t supposed to be able to do, such as adding files to your website, or accessing its back end without logging in. When software vendors find vulnerabilities in their software they provide a security patch that fixes the problem.

Your website is only secure against that problem when you apply the patch.

Criminals often reverse enginer patches to find out what vulnerabilities they fix, and then attempt to use those vulnerabilities to break in to websites that haven’t been patched yet. They can do this extremely quickly.

In 2014, Drupal, a very popular CMS, released an update for a serious security flaw. Criminals reverse engineered the update and were using it to take over websites within hours. Later, the Drupal security team made the extraordinary announcement that if you hadn’t updated your website within seven hours of the patch being released then you should “consider it likely your site was already compromised”.

Make sure you know whose job it is to keep the website patched. This may be something that the people who built and maintain your website will do for you, or a job you need to do yourself. Whatever you do, don’t just assume that somebody else must doing it.

If you use WordPress, it should update itself automatically with security fixes. You can check this by logging in and going to Dashboard > Updates. Note however, that WordPress will not update most plugins automatically. Vulnerabilities in plugins are common, and probably the biggest threat to your website, so if nothing else, you will need to make a point of logging in regularly to check for and apply plugin updates.

The same is true for other CMSes: You should log in regularly to see if there are updates that need to be applied. We suggest you also go to your CMS vendor’s website (and any plugin vendor’s sites too) and see if they have a mailing list where they announce patches. Sign yourself up so you are alerted if anything urgent needs your attention.

Finally, this advice applies to every website under your control. It is quite common for companies to run a number of websites on the same server. These could be different websites for different purposes, or test and staging versions of your principal site. If any one of those websites is compromised, it gives attackers a potential route to cross-contaminate all the other sites on the server. Test and staging sites are often neglected, and often exposed to the Internet accidentally, making them a particularly soft underbelly.

Use a Web Application Firewall (WAF)

A Web Application Firewall (WAF) is an appliance or Cloud-based service that filters the data that’s sent to your website, weeding out things that look malicious, such as XSS or SQLi attacks. They can also prevent unauthorized data (like credit card details from a server-side skimmer) from leaving your website if it is compromised.

WAFs use a rulebook to recognize malicious or unauthorized inputs and outputs, which means they can often provide protection far sooner than patching. All a WAF vendor needs to know to create a new rule is what input the attackers are using to compromise websites. To create a patch, a vendor needs to know what input the attackers are using, but also how that input affects their software, and how to fix it without breaking anything.

WAFs add complexity to your environment and may require regular updates, but they provide a useful extra layer of defence for your website. You should never use a WAF as an alternative to patching, but using one could save you if you miss a patch, are too slow to apply one, or if attackers are using a zero-day technique that your CMS or plugin vendor hasn’t patched yet.

Protecting users from rogue dependencies

Web pages are typically made up of multiple separate elements, such as scripts, images, like buttons, sharing widgets, and so on, drawn from multiple different places. In fact it is not uncommon for individual pages to have tens or even hundreds of such dependencies, and for them to be drawn from many different domains: Analytics and advertising code from Google perhaps, a Tweet button from Twitter, images pulled from a Content Delivery Network (CDN), and so on.

The different elements are only assembled into a single page at the last minute when it’s viewed in a web browser, and that process is repeated in each user’s machine, each time the page is viewed.

Each dependency is a potential backdoor into your web pages. If an attacker can compromise a site hosting one of your dependencies, they can use it to inject a card skimmer into your page when it is assembled by a web browser, without ever compromising your website. You can’t control the passwords or patching on the sites you depend on, so instead you must take steps to protect your users from compromised dependencies.

Subresource integrity

Subresource integrity is a form of tamper protection for scripts and stylesheets. If an attacker compromises a third-party script your website relies on, they can use it to inject a card skimmer into your pages.

In June 2019, Malwarebytes Threat Intelligence discovered exactly this kind of attack on the official Washington Wizards page of the NBA.com website. Attackers had managed to alter a script the site used that was hosted on an Amazon S3 storage website.

Subresource integrity protects against this kind of attack by using fingerprints (cryptographic hashes) to verify that elements loaded by <script> or <link> tags haven’t been altered.

For example, let’s say your website uses version 3.6 of the popular jQuery JavaScript library. Without Subresource Integrity, the script tag for it would look like this:

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.6.0.js">

With Subresource Integrity, the script tag looks like this:

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.6.0.js" integrity="sha256-H+K7U5CnXl1h5ywQfKtSj8PCmoN9aaq30gDh27Xc0jk=" crossorigin="anonymous">

When a browser assembles your page it will download the jQuery code and create its own cryptographic fingerprint from it, and match it against the fingerprint in the tag. If the fingerprints don’t match, the browser will assume the jQuery code has been compromised and won’t run it.

Content Security Policy

Sometimes, instead of changing an existing dependency, attackers can find enough leverage to add a new dependency to your site, from a website they control.

Content Security Policy (CSP) is a simple addition to your website that can protect against this form of attack. It works by sending web browsers a list of the domain names your website trusts, and what it trusts them to do.

For example, let’s say your website is example.com, and your website includes Google Analytics code, which is loaded from the analytics.google.com domain. Your CSP header would say you trust your own site to provide all forms of content, and it trusts Google Analytics to provide scripts, and nothing else. The actual instruction looks like this:

Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self'; script-src analytics.google.com

If a cybercriminal sneaks a card skimming script on to your site that’s loaded from example.xyz, web browsers will refuse to run the card skimmer. So, even though your website has been compromised, it will not affect your users.

CSP isn’t perfect. In a serious hack, an attacker might gain enough access to your site to remove the CSP instructions altogether, but in many situations they won’t.

You can see if your website already has a CSP header (and other useful security headers too) by checking it on securityheaders.com.

Pulling it all together

Securing your site and its dependencies against attack are vitally important, but sometimes you don’t realise you’re vulnerable until it’s too late, or your Subresource Integrity and CSP silently block a rogue dependency and you don’t ever learn about it

In both cases you want something that tells you as soon as the problem starts. So the last step in securing your site is to use a third-party integrity monitoring service that sees your site from your users’ point of view. These services can find card skimmers that slip through the net and, most importantly, tell you that there’s something you need to fix.

Automated integrity checking services are like users that work on your behalf, periodically visiting important web pages, like your checkout, pulling in all the dependencies in real time, looking for anything that shouldn’t be there, and alerting you if they find anything.

Although we have gone into a lot of depth in this article, keeping websites secure is mostly a matter of setting up a few services, and then doing a some simple things, over and over again. By making these things a habit, you will strengthen your site enormously against card skimmers and other attacks, and keep your users safe through the holiday season and beyond.

* The fake checkout is on the left.

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Bernat Sheepy Yarn Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 16:00

Bernat Sheepy Yarn is a stunner! This Super Bulky weight yarn features an amazing sherpa-like texture and feel – take a closer look and enter to win 4 skeins of Bernat Sheepy Yarn on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Yarnspirations and includes affiliate links; all opinions are my own. Just The Yarny Facts: Content:...

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The Internet is not safe enough for women, and Sue Krautbauer has some ideas about why: Lock and Code S02E22

Malwarebytes - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:54

Decades ago, the promise of the Internet was clear: No one, depending on their age, gender, race, income, or place of birth, would be unwelcome from expressing their thoughts and ideas.

Today, that promise has been largely unfulfilled. As Malwarebytes discovered earlier this year, the Internet is a deeply unequal place for women, teenagers, and Black communities, Indigenous populations, and people of color. Women, above all demographics, told us that they felt both the least safe and the least private online, and when we looked at why that might be, the answers were obvious. Women face higher rates of cyberstalking. Women are almost singularly targeted by nonconsensual pornography. Women who are stuck in situations of domestic abuse are also reportedly more frequently impacted by the threats of stalkerware. Women also, as we learned, reported higher rates of receiving text messages from unknown phone numbers, and having their social media accounts hacked.

These are all the outcomes of an unfair Internet. On today’s Lock and Code podcast, with host David Ruiz, we dig into why so many real-life problems have followed women onto the Internet today.

Part of the problem, according to our guest Sue Krautbauer, is that the Internet has created tremendous latitude for bad actors to commit harms and then get away without a trace.

“It almost feels a bit like online guerilla warfare, right? Where they come in, and they lob something into the internet, and then they disappear again. And that can just have such an emotional and a mental toll on the victims because they can’t point to them and say it’s that person or that thing.”

Sue Krautbauer, senior director of strategy and development for Digitunity

Today, on the Lock and Code podcast, we speak with Sue Krautbauer, senior director of strategy and development for Digitunity, about the different—often worse—experiences that women face online, how pervasive such treatment can be, and why our Internet so often mirrors our real-life situations.

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A week in security (Nov 15 – Nov 21)

Malwarebytes - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:53
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Death Ship of the Roach Princess

Ten Foot Pole - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:11
By Matt Finch Frog God Games S&W Levels 1-3

A mysterious ship in the city’s harbor holds terrifying secrets … and the characters are trapped on board! This plane-shifting, roach-infested, puzzle-laden adventure offers fabulous riches, but also offer a fate worse than death.

This 34 page adventure uses fifteen pages to describe fifteen or so relatively complex locations on a ship that is also an interdimensional nexus. It plays with a couple of D&D concepts, and shows an understanding of the player motivation. It is also plagued by the Frogs house style which does absolutely nothing to help the understanding of the adventure or running of the game. At least they got the right cover on this one.

So, listening to my critics, I spent more than 30 minutes this morning picking out a new adventure to review. SOME readers seem to think that its my lack of research that leads me to the issues I have with quality. “What did you expect, Bryce?” is a common refrain. We shall see, in this mornings experiments, gentle readers! I dig in and passed Morg Borg after Troika adventure, with appealing descriptions and covers and previews that indicated they were probably the usual crap. Multiple Starry Knight, Filbar, Joseph Mohr, and more. Pamphlet dungeons, two page dungeons, four page dungeons. All passed by. I skipped Frog God dungeons. “This time it’s gonna be different!” I told myself. Then I spotted something that looked interesting, clicked on it … and immediately saw it was Frog God. I went back. Then, it struck me. It had Finch’s name on it! I went back. Yup. Matt Finch. Someone who knows what the fuck they are doing. Perhaps, gentle reader, he can overcome the apathy of the publisher to deliver something quality?

If you played the first adventure in the series then you See a Ship In The Harbour to investigate, or if not you hear from another sailor about a large crate of gold rowed over yesterday … and it’s assumed to want to loot it. You row over to the ship to find it essentially empty, except for a few notable items. First, there are a fuck ton of roaches on the ship, more than usual, by  lot. Not monster swarm territory, but, still, a FUCK TON. Second, There’s a bunch of dudes in the rowers hold whose hands are melted in to the oars. They saw you’re trapped here, just like they are. Seems like you’re in a Zeno’s Paradox situation if you try to leave, oh, and also, you’ve got about three days to escape the ship before you melt in also. Finally, that big pile of crates in the corner? It’s in the shape of a spiral making a portal to someplace else, and each one has some gold ingots in it. That’s the first six rooms “of the ship.”

Thus Finch turns on its head a trope of D&D. Two, actually, and he states this up front in his designers notes. You get the treasure FIRST, but you need to get out with the treasure, you need to escape. This pushes you in to exploration. And this is the second trope: the escape adventure. Generally this starts with the party being prisoners, etc, or some other hackneyed idea. This, though, turns that on its head. Rather than a punishment escape, as most of these adventure types are, this adventure is a reward escape: you’ve already got the gold, essentially. Your motivations are different and therefore the vibe is different. And … there’s the three day timer at the end hanging over you. (I have a hard time seeing that as an issue. Maybe its an explicit pushback against sleeping for spells after every encounter, for OSR, 5e, or Pathfinder?)

You then go through the spiral crates and find extradimensional spaces, with more spiral places to explore. These places you find tend to be a large cavern or mini-complex of rooms, generally with a couple of other spiral exits. You encounter roach monsters, cultists, and some sphere of annihilation-like traps while searching for the command words that will let you bring the ship back to reality … at least enough to escape with the gold.

It’s imaginative and interesting. The roach element could have been played up more in the rooms. As it stands there are a couple of roach swarm monsters and a note for the DM to emphasize the roaches in their description. More support could have been included for that statement. It feels like, otherwise, its just going to get lost the way so many other environmental issues get lost in a game. 

There’s also a bit of exposition dump in the adventure. The doomed oarsmen, up front, explaining things, is the first big dump. I get it, you need to explain the whole trapped/doomed fate thing, but it feels a bit much. And then I’m thinking of the “Memory roach brains” locale, with more exposition dump. Two very big dumps that, I believe, could have been spread out a bit more. I know WHY they are there: you’ve got to get the party headed towards their goals … or even know that there is a goal to head to, but they come across as exposition and/or monologue.

And then there’s the Frogs format. They never met a Wall Of Text that they didn’t love. With a small font. It feels like they are trying some techniques to get past this. There are a coupe of instances of bullet points, particularly when someone has information to relate. There’s also an attempt to divide the larger areas up in to smaller sections. Think a big cave with a general overview description that hints at other parts of the cave … like murals on the north wall or inky blackness on the west well … with those two areas both getting their own descriptions. This FEELS like an attempt to break the rooms up in to more manageable sections … while still working within the confirms of the selected format. That’s laudable. And it still doesn’t work very well. A stronger/any attempt to explain the overall “flow” of the adventure would have been helpful also. There are multiple command words that do different things found in different areas with different impacts. It’s not OVERLY complex, but its also not immediately intuitive … the way gibberish words can tend to be. A little extra help in this section would have been useful. 

So, Finch knows what he’s doing. It’s not just a hack and there’s shit to fuck with and, if run properly, a decently fucked up vibe. But I don’t think it supports the DM very well to do that, and you’ll need a fucking highlighter, again.

This is $11 at DriveThru. I enjoy the Frogs hubris. You might take a look at the last page of the six page preview to see if the formatting style fits your needs. It doesn’t mine; it feels like work.


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Cowboy Bebop and the Faithful Adaptation

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:00

I've watched one episode of Netflix's Cowboy Bebop. so I could be wrong, but I think I already see how this is going to be. I don't think it's awful, but there are definitely things I'm not fond out.
Watching it brought to mind Rodriguez's first Sin City film. That film is a pretty faithful adaptation of the comic, down to the composition of shots, but my reaction on first viewing was very different from my reaction to the comic. It felt silly; I was vaguely embarrassed by it. It's not that I missed that Sin City the comic is over-the-top in some ways, and part of that over-the-topness is Miller's dialogue and narration. But when I read it, I get to decide how the characters deliver the lines, and the almost superhero comic level action scenes are just Millerisms to be translated to real world terms. (Much in the same way I know when reading a comic that characters don't have time for long discussion while they trade a couple of lightning quick blows. It's mere convention of the form, not something to be taken literally.) But on the screen their were actors not selling the clunky lines they were saying and all the action was taken all too literally.
Cowboy Bebop came from a cartoon not a comic so it's closer to film, but it's also the product of another culture (and honestly, another era) so maybe that all washes out. The show gets the details right in cosplay sort of way, but it doesn't feel the same. Gone is grubby future and much of the range in tone. The action is similar in prosaic description but what seemed dynamic in the anime feels fairly flat here. It may be less wacky than the cartoon, but then my tolerance for wacky is much less in live action.
Perhaps the biggest disappoint is some of the choices they made. The first episodes of the anime and the live action show have the same basic plot, but are otherwise fairly different. The anime opens with Spike's dream (enigmatic at that point) then goes into spare scenes of the solitary, early morning rituals of Spike and Jet, accompanied by blues harmonica. There is a lonesome feel to this sequence, and there is nothing like it in the live action show, which instead opens with quipy action. The cartoon returns to a bit of this somberness later with Spike's discussion with Katerina. This is also quite different in the live action episode. The show perhaps gets Bebop's silliness right, but misses the anime's mix of tones, except as absolutely requisite to the plot, and then it can't quite land it.

There's also the indication that we will be seeing hints of the Vicious-Spike conflict every single episode. This is no doubt to make a "season arc" fit for a modern streaming show. Cowboy Bebop the anime was structured like old school tv, with "stories of the week." Over-exposing Spike's arc robs it of any sense of slow reveal or discovery and has the potential to make everything else feel secondary.
Anyway, I'll keep watching. The wife likes it, and I've still got the animated series to watch when I want.

Living the Fulfilled Life: A Formula for Elder Years

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 11:00

Years ago, I saw a description of the three ingredients for personal fulfillment: (1) someone to love; (2) something to do; and (3) something to look forward to.

Someone to love

At 95, Kathleen and I are aware more than ever of love for family. It goes both directions. And in our retirement community, we continue to try to love and affirm our neighbors from nearby apartments. 

For Christians, love has another dimension, for “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). We don’t deserve this love; it is a gift to us to be shared with others. 

If we lack a sense of joy and fulfillment, we might consider how we might more intentionally love our family, neighbors, and God himself.  

Something to do

A passion for this or that hobby can be rewarding. And we can find a service niche to help family or community. Decades ago the late Lila Morgan, a life-long teacher, asked me, her pastor, for the names of a few shut-in seniors to whom she could deliver Sunday school papers each Monday. She took that short list, enlarged it, and made it into a weekly ministry. She not only visited seniors but she also drove some, who were without cars or driving privileges, to and from the grocery store each week. 

If we are discontented, we can ask, am I lacking something to do, especially for others?  

Something to look forward to

Many things we look forward to on our horizons may be in the realm of the ordinary: an upcoming vacation, the visit of distant family members, or even the blossoming of the first daffodil in the spring. 

But much beyond such things, Christians can look forward to the day when Jesus comes and all hurts are healed and all wrongs righted. Something thrilling to anticipate!

It is clear that we are all responsible to some degree for finding fulfillment by actively choosing to love, to do, and to anticipate.

Photo credit: Stannah International (via flickr.com)

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First Comics News - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 06:40


  • Rob Liefeld and Chad Bowers (W) • Rob Liefeld (A/C)
  • Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic team, creator Rob Liefeld returns to the characters he introduced three decades ago to tell a brand-new adventure featuring these hard-hitting heroes! In this special issue, the man called Cable assembles the combined might of five different X-Force squadrons, each gathered across various points in time for one final mission: to defeat Stryfe once and for all – AT ALL COSTS! Sacrifices, betrayals and revelations await as X-Force attempts their most daring assault ever!
  • 40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99
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Looking For Group - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 05:00

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1883 | Trailer

First Comics News - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 04:55

From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, co-creator of Yellowstone, 1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land – Montana. 1883 is streaming December 19 exclusively on Paramount+.

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First Comics News - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 04:36


Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. United States Champion Damian Priest via disqualification


Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch def. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair


Men’s Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Austin Theory, Bobby Lashley) def. Men’s Team SmackDown (Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Jeff Hardy, Happy Corbin, Sheamus) when Rollins pinned Hardy.


Omos def. Angelo Dawkins, Montez Ford, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Angel, Humberto, T-Bar, R-Truth, Drew Gulak, Commander Azeez, Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin, Otis, Chad Gable, Jinder Mahal, Shanky, Erik, Ivar, Mansoor, Cesaro, AJ Styles, Ricochet and Sami Zayn


Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos


Women’s Team Raw (Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Zelina Vega) def. Women’s Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Shotzi, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, Toni Storm) when Belair pinned Shotzi.


Universal Champion Roman Reigns def. WWE Champion Big E

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First Comics News - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 03:53

So, I leave for San Diego in three days…
One of the guys at the card shop where I play magic, messaged me about Lake County Comic Con 2021 and sharing the appearance of JJ Cohen.
…I honestly had to look him up…
But—since I AM going to SDCC 2021 next weekend, and; it’s been, like, two years—decided to pre-game and took the day off from work—because life is too short not to be happy.

It was really nice because I had my kiddo this weekend and she was also off this morning so she went with me.

She asked if I thought there would be people there dressing up; and, if she could.

Of course both of those answers was “yes.”

We saw a nezuko plushy walking onto the con floor and HAD to have it : )

Yes! I slammed the movie in my last article but that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of the series.

And! Craft coffee from Coffee Shop of Horrors <3

…as someone who consumes two life supplies of coffee—traded for a life supply of coffee and avocado with my life’s supply of green peas and 75% of my cocktail shrimp—I’ve already consumed 3 cups since returning home and it’s absolutely wonderful <3

Then: @whateverjess caught our eye <3 absolutely stunning <3

My kid tells her she loves how her art isn’t standard and jess replies about wanting to show the many shades of beauty.

Across the way was The Crafty Gamer.

So, totally forgot his name (I’m awful, I know) but kiddo bought a few items and I bought an 8oz LONG REST.

We’re chatting and apparently totally just walked off without taking it and he finds me to give it to me, of course remembering my name (I’m awful, I know).

Thank you so much! I absolutely love it <3

…turned around to see @strokamillion

Super cool handmade cosplays!

We also picked up two books from Maureen Orkwis:

At this point, it was time to go talk to JJ.

His face and name was all over the promotional material.

Except—to his right—was Stephanie Phillips.


Like—she’s seriously the biggest deal in the whole place…

And—she gave me an interview!

And, then! I see Rick and Morty Vol. 2 colorist, Joshua Perez:

Who signed our books : )

It was also a pleasure to speak with local colorist, Mike Spicer:

Who took up gardening during the pandemic after having several titles cancel.

Thankfully, he’s working on Swamp Thing because my word is his technique mesmerizing.

I’m a huge fan of using negative space as contrast to create outlines.

Pictures do no do the cover justice.

And, then—and, then! Writer/creator of LYAXIA, Aron Pohara.

Kiddo loved the art and is a fan of mythology so we scooped the current four issues and a variant cover so he was really nice and threw in a free art print.

She was ecstatic!

At this point, JJ had several people around his table and we had to leave for kiddo to go to work, so we did.

All in all, it was a wonderful bonding experience for us and we had an absolute blast!

It’s been about five hours of crafting this article—I’m doubles next two days and fly out Wednesday so—I’m done.




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