Spider Aliens – Warrior (Icons Writeup)

Spider Alien Warrior

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 3
Awareness 5
Willpower 3

Stamina 9

*Affliction (poison bite) 7
*Binding 5
*Blast Rifles 6
*Extra Body Parts (arms/legs) 6 (extras: fast attack, super-speed)
*Gadgets 4
*Leaping 1
*Wall-Crawling 5

Military, Wrestling

*Nature Worshippers
*View humanity as cattle
*Creators of the alien armors (x-o wolf, x-o commando)


The Spider Aliens are a race of alien conquerors. They are responsible for creating the armored exo-skeleton worn by the Earth superhero X-O Manowar and were frequent foes of X-O Manowar and Solar. They worship nature and have great gardens on their spacecraft – they are meat-eaters, however, and consider it sacrilege to eat the fruits of the garden. These stats for the warrior caste, there are numerous sub-types of Spider-Aliens, including spies, priests, scientists, etc.

Crescendo’s Guardsmen

Crescendo’s Guard

Prowess 4
Coordination 3
Strength 4
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 2

Stamina 6

All of the guardmen’s powers come from their armor. It provides them with the following abilities:

*Blast 5
*Damage Resistance 5
*Supersenses 1 (Nightvision)
*Life Support 2 (Heat/Cold)
*Gadgets 3


*Faceless Minions
*We serve Mistress Crescendo


The men that make up Crescendo’s royal guard are mostly unknown figures. We’re not sure where she finds these soldiers or if their loyalty is a result of true fervor or if they merely follow her for money and power. Their armor is sufficient to overpower most ordinary military forces but one-on-one they cannot stand up to X-O Manowar. As such, they tend to attack en masse.

Augur (Icons Writeup)


Prowess 2
Coordination 2
Strength 2
Intellect 4
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 6

*Immortality 1 (Limit – Source: Augur’s immortality fades if he is not within close physical proximity to Mistress Crescendo)
*Magic 4

Linguistics, Mental Resistance, Occult

*Fiercely loyal to Crescendo
*Snazzy Dresser


Very little is known about the man called Augur. He was the loyal Vizier to Mistress Crescendo and was at her side when she toppled Orb Industries and also when she teamed up with Baron Zemo to threaten both X-O Manowar and Iron Man. It seemed that he had been her advisor since the days of the Visigoths but it’s unknown if he was kept alive through Crescendo’s machinations or if he himself was immortal. He is an intelligent schemer but too much of a coward to directly face a foe without lots of backup. He apparently died during a multiversal crossover but given the timey-wimey nature of such things, he might still be alive.

Doctor Solar, Podcast of the Atom: The Sun Giant!

The January 1965 issue of Doctor Solar pits the Man of the Atom against a geological threat: a massive earthquake has created fissures in the polar ice caps, threatening the world! Doctor Solar travels to the sun to amass enough power to do what must be done. Unfortunately, there is a terrible side-effect for Solar, one that leaves him both giant-sized… and a target for fear and hatred from humanity!

The Eraser (Icons Writeup)

The Eraser

Prowess 3
Coordination 2
Strength 3
Intellect 7
Awareness 2
Willpower 3

Stamina 6

*Dimensional Transporters 6
Limit: Power works on others only and requires a successful Prowess attack. Whatever body part The Eraser touches will be “erased” unless the victim makes a successful Strength test against the power. If they succeed, they take damage normally but the body part is salvaged.

*Transmutation (Ion Ray) 6
Limit: Only transforms human flesh to stone.

* Gadgets 3

Technology (Expert + 2 bonus)

Hatred of the Shield
Unappreciated genius
He’s a bully


Part of this comes from Comic Vine:

The Eraser is a criminal scientist and a masked hit man, he always promises to “rub out” the targets he was hired to kill. In the late forties he was hired by a mob boss to kill The Shield. The Eraser was successful and efficient; he managed to turn the famous hero into a stone statue with an “ion ray”, a device of his own creation. This event led Bill Higgins, the son of the first Shield, to take up his father’s moniker and become the new Shield, swearing to get revenge on The Eraser for his father’s petrification. Bill tracks the Eraser down and defeats him, imprisoning him in another dimension, where he would remain for over a decade. Eventually the Eraser escaped from his imprisonment in the alternate dimension, but was amnesic, unable to remember anything.

Later the Brain Emperor (a long-time foe of the Mighty Crusaders, who was out to kill the super team) used his telepathic powers to restore The Eraser’s memory. The Eraser once again resumes his career as a super villain, incorporating “dimensional transporters” into his gloves, which let him literally “erase” objects by transporting them to another dimension. He later goes on to join a super villain team named the Riot Squad, and went on to fight The Fox with the team. Soon afterward he and the Riot Squad killed Matthew Burland, the first Black Hood, which brought him to the attention of the Mighty Crusaders, in particular Kip Burland, Matthew’s nephew and the current Black Hood. His team gets in a fight with the Mighty Crusaders, bearing the full weight of their wrath for the murder of a fellow hero, and the entire team is killed in an explosion.

The Eraser is a tubby little genius with a truly horrifying power – with his dimensional transporters, he can “erase” part of an enemy’s body… resulting in a terrible death. Though he was seemingly killed the last time we saw him, that doesn’t really mean anything. For one thing, the Mighty Crusaders continuity is notoriously unstable. Secondly, when has death ever stopped a supervillain anyway?

The Eraser is often considered The Shield’s arch-foe but he’s not capable of fighting the hero head-to-head for very long. He tends to use gadgets, traps, and goons to help even the odds.

Gamin (Icons Writeup)


Prowess 4
Coordination 6
Strength 3
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 7

*Images 8 (Limit: Can only produce three-dimensional images of herself)

Athletics, Sleight of Hand (Expert +2), Stealth

*Master Thief
*Beneath it all, she wants to do the right thing.


Gamin uses sophisticated technology to project false three-dimensional images of herself. Gamin is also a thief and went after Aric’s X-O Manowar armor but ultimately she seems to find Aric more attractive than his armor and settles for a kiss. They become friends until she is killed by the armor after it is corrupted by the Darque Power of Master Darque.

The Dark Society

While I try to be relatively spoiler-free, there ARE some slight spoilers to be found here – so read on at your own risk!

As with many things that are supernatural, the origins of the Dark Society had their roots in Grove’s Folly, the sleepy hamlet located just down the road from Sovereign City. Grove’s Folly is chiefly famous for two things: its massive Pumpkin Festival held every Halloween and the fact that it was host to one of the bloodiest — and most unusual — battles of the American Revolutionary War.

In recent years, a viral video of the cryptid known as the Straw-Man has given Grove’s Folly a new revenue stream: a surge in tourism related to monster and ghost hunters. Though few know that the city was built atop an open pit to Hell (known as a Hellmouth), the arrival of the Straw-Man has coincided with a number of supernatural sightings and events. The Straw-Man (in actually a gestalt being formed of a young local man named Samuel Hain and Gwydion fab Dôn, a magician, hero and trickster of Welsh mythology) also kicked off a new generation of heroes within the area. In addition to the Straw-Man, several other heroes frequented the area to team up with the Straw-Man or, in some cases, to fight him: Jupiter, Catalyst, Singularity, and the American Crusader.

When a cult attempted to use the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to open portals to both Heaven and Hell in an attempt to bring about the supposed end of days, a collection of heroes came together to oppose this plan. In addition to the heroes named above, Geist, Babylon, and Calavera journeyed to Geneva. In the end, the group saved the world — but at great cost: Babylon was seemingly destroyed in the conflict. In the aftermath, the team swore to come together again if needed.

All of the above is depicted in The Dark Society Book One: Calavera.

Later in the same year, the Dark Society established a headquarters in Romania. It was dubbed The Dark House. They were soon caught up in the machinations of August Messenger, who sought the resurrection of Cthulhu. The Society teamed up with The Peregrine for the adventure, which is shown in The Dark Society Book Two: August Messenger.

If you want more information about the individual members of the team, follow the links to roleplaying game writeups of each — and be on the lookout for the Dark Society tomes, which should be released after the first three Straw-Man titles are released.

Our art is by Gilbert Monsanto.

Timeline of the Reese Unlimited Universe – Updated 12/23/2022

Major Events specific to certain stories and novels are included in brackets. Some of this information contains SPOILERS for The Peregrine, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and other stories. 

~ 800 – Viking warrior Grimarr dies of disease but is resurrected as the Sword of Hel. He adventures for some time as Hel’s agent on Earth. [The Sword of Hel]. 

~ 1620 – Gwydion fab Dôn is captured by the witch Rhianna in France. She punishes him by binding his spirit to a bundle of rags. [“Gwydion,” The Adventures of the Straw-Man Volume One]

1748 – Johann Adam Weishaupt is born. 

Continue reading Timeline of the Reese Unlimited Universe – Updated 12/23/2022

Doctor Solar, Podcast of the Atom: Transivac!

The October 1964 issue of Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom (# 9) features the debut of Transivac, a super-powerful computer capable of detroying the Man of the Atom! It’s so evil, in fact, that Nuro is forced to call upon the Man of the Atom for help! With the evil genius of Nuro working with the power of Solar, can even Transivac stand a chance? Plus: letters column fun!

Writing Stuff

Things have been pretty busy as usual around here – I’ve been writing the second Dark Society novel, which hopefully you’ll see eventually. There are three Straw-Man books that have to be published first, then Dark Society: Calavera, followed by Straw-Man volume 4, and THEN Dark Society: August Messenger. Once I’m finished with DS: AM, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do next. I have the 15th volume of Lazarus Gray that I set aside awhile back — that one’s about halfway finished. Then again, I also have a few ideas for a third Dark Society book. The first two are novel-length tales but I think the third book will be a collection of short stories. It’s been fun moving into the supernatural superhero realm. I mean, my pulp stuff always flirted with the lines there but this erases that line completely. I always admired my friend Van Plexico for having his Sentinels series that was a love letter to Jim Starlin and Cosmic Marvel. Straw-Man and the Dark Society are my way of showing my appreciation for Bronze Age Marvel weirdness and such series as Tomb of Dracula, Man-Thing, etc. That’s my jam and I’ve enjoyed it — but working so far ahead does make it weird for me. None of you have met any of these characters yet–!


In the meantime, folks, Happy Holidays!