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When it comes to superheroes, why should Marvel and DC have all the fun? Archie Comics are reviving their classic heroes from the Red Circle imprint next spring with the launch of The New Crusaders, a team of superheroes which includes The Shield, the original patriotic hero. Ready to take on a new generation of readers, Archie is bringing them back in a new exciting way!

Already a leader in the realm of the digital comics medium, Archie is now on the cusp of taking it to the next level with a brand-new digital comic book label. This enables Archie to not only spare printing costs in this bold endeavor but to also reach the widest audience possible. In addition to brand new tales, this digital initiative will also include a trove of material meant to enrich the reading experience for readers unfamiliar to the superhero team without the worry of bogging them down with decades old continuity. Similar to Netflix, Co-CEO Jon Goldwater says, “It will be a nominal monthly charge with access to new comics and thousands and thousands of pages from the archive.”

Giving new life to these heroes will be the Sonic/Mega Man team of writer Ian Flynn and artist Ben Bates. Staying true to Archie’s family friendly titles, this expansion into the superhero realm will keep a light tone in line with Archie’s previous action/adventure titles. “They are not going to be water-downed superheroes, but they are not going to be dark either,” says Goldwater.

Coming out of retirement in both their fictional world as well as the world of comics publishing, The New Crusaders are ready to take on the challenge of any villains that should cross their path as well as the digital comics market at large. Get ready for a new era of adventure starring the most dynamic superhero team to hit your monitor!

via Archie Comics

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  1. TaZ
    October 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    So did DC sell back the rights to the Red Circle characters from their not too recently ended series? I didn’t understand The Torch much but I did find the DC version of the Shield, The Web and The Hangman interesting.

    • October 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm — Reply

      DC didn’t own them, as I recall. They licensed them.

  2. October 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    I’m just happy to see someone else do Superheroes other than DC and Marvel. I’m hoping for something more “four-color” than the norm. Anybody else?

    • darklighter1
      October 11, 2011 at 12:16 am — Reply

      Wait Marvel does superheroes? I thought the Avengers were just a spin off of The Office?

  3. October 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    I’m actually pretty excited by this. I recognize the Shield, Comet, Jaguar, Fly, Web, but I don’t recognize the two on the right.

    Glad that Archie is trying to bring superheroes back to kids.

  4. Belmont
    October 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    Interesting, I’ll have to let a friend of mine know that Archie Comics is bringing back the Crusaders. He’s a big fan of the old Crusaders before the IMPACT run. I like the concept so far, if everything holds up. I may be adding this series to my collection as well.

  5. KevinPBreen
    April 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    This could get me into digital comics (besides the Golden Age public domain ones at Digital Comics Museum). I’d prefer paper but the “not watered down but not dark” take sounds like it has potential.

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