Archie Comics has announced that, in 2021, their Mighty Crusaders line will once again get a reimagining, this time under the pen of Rob Liefeld.  On the one hand, Archie’s superhero universe has a pretty deep bench, dating back to the earliest days of the Golden Age of comics, but on the other?  They’re not particularly well known.  Worse still, even if you question Rob’s ability to give us anything new, different or timely, the multiple iterations of MLJ/Archie’s properties has left us with half a dozen Comets, at least seven Black Hoods and nearly a dozen different takes on The Shield, the original patriotic hero.  I’ll probably be reading Rob’s Crusaders, as I’ve read every version of these characters, but I’m also a glutton for punishment and semi-professional comic book reviewer, leading to today’s relaunched query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) honestly isn’t sure that the Crusaders are as iconic as Archie Comics wants to think, especially after reboots in the ’60s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and three retoolings in the last few years, asking: Are you excited about the prospect of Rob Liefeld’s Mighty Crusaders?

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I’m not NOT excited, but I have no attachment to either the property or creator, so to me it’s just another opportunity to save a few bucks and spend them on comics that DO excite me.

  2. I’ll admit, I’m more disappointed that Ian Flynn’s take on the Mighty Crusaders is likely dead as a result of this. He barely got even a miniseries out of them, but I liked where his head was at.

  3. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I would kinda be interested if he did New Mutants or X-Force. In this case, I have no attachment or nostalgia to these characters, so no. I guess we at least get bulging biceps and little feet.

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