I am going to be very honest. Until I saw this press release I didn’t even realize that Archie Comics had superheroes. This is why this announcement from them is all more exciting for me. Archie Comics is the home for some of the most recognizable characters around the world. Including Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Now Archie Comics are teaming up with legendary comic book creator Rob Liefeld. To bring us a four-issue Mighty Crusaders book. You know, the guy who first brought us such characters like Deadpool, Cable, X-Force, and Brigade?
The series is scheduled to be released sometime in 2021. It will reimagine Archie’s large library of superheroes. These include characters like the Shield, the Comet, the Jaguar, Fly-Girl, and more. Liefeld is a perfect candidate to take on this task. Having worked on other iconic franchises like Marvel’s Captain America and The Avengers. Recently he had a very positive response to his new title featuring G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes.
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Mighty Crusaders will be a vital first step for reintroducing Archie’s characters to modern-day readers. They have been very successful with their teen humor and romance series. Evidence by the amount of their recent line of series like Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Now they are looking to do the same with their untapped superhero library.
“I’ve been chomping at the bit to work with the folks at Archie and do something with these legendary characters,” said Liefeld. “The Shield is the first patriotic comic book icon, pre-dating Captain America. These are the original comic book superheroes, with a glorious history behind them. I’m so psyched to tell this story and turn my fans on to these characters!”
“When I learned that Rob – a creator of the highest caliber with a long, sterling track record – was a fan of our characters. I knew we had to act fast,” said Archie Comics CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater. “Along with Marvel and DC, Archie Comics is one of the few media companies with an entire catalog of superheroes. Dating back to the earliest days of comics that are beloved and bursting with potential. I knew right away that Rob Liefeld was the person to make them shine again. This series will remind people why these characters matter, and put them in the A-list, where they have always belonged.”
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As a comic book fan in general, I am very excited to see a new line-up of heroes that I haven’t seen yet. Especially if they are being handled by Rob Liefeld. I look forward to seeing these characters develop over at Archie Comics. Especially as other publisher’s 2021 publisher’s plans are falling a little flat.
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