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The SHIELD by Rob Liefeld and David Gallaher has Sold Out at Diamond

The star-spangled action-packed Archie Comics one-shot starring The Mighty Crusaders: The SHIELD has officially sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors.

The SHIELD, originally introduced in 1941’s Pep Comics #1, months ahead of Captain America’s debut, is the first superhero to feature elements of the American flag in its costume design. Various iterations of the character have appeared over the years under the Red Circle Comics imprint and the character’s costume even made an appearance in The CW’s Riverdale TV series.

The Mighty Crusaders: The SHIELD One-Shot is a high-octane adventure filled with intrigue and mystery. The issue is by artist Rob Liefeld, writer David Gallaher, and letterer Jack Morelli. You can read our review.

Review: The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield

Archie Comics latest attempt at making the Mighty Crusaders characters work has brought Rob Liefeld into the fold to try and launch this into something that sticks around. If The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield is any indication of how it’ll fare, I doubt Rob or this attempt will be on long.

The original Shield is lost in time. There are others who have carried the name. The Shield that is leading the Mighty Crusaders is telling the rest of the team of another. The latest is a man with little memory but enough to know he’s a near-invincible hard-ass who can eat bullets like they are nothing and just smash some random people who bust in his house for an unknown reason. And that’s it!

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield seems to come off as a story drawn out first and then they had to add some story pages and that’s probably being generous. Sadly, I think the visuals are pretty bland. It has the feel of a book of pin-up shots with a story being secondary. Liefeld does some good work explaining all the different people who were The Shield and there’s enough mystery with this current person who has taken up the mantle. I do think the art is decent and the coloring and lettering work well but Rob’s writing isn’t helping this much.

I’m not looking to take shots on someone in the industry but I just don’t feel like The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield is a great comic or really good use of Liefeld’s art. I do think The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield ends up recycling a lot of his poses and typical artistic foibles. Archie Comics just doesn’t stick to anything that’s not the Archie digests and I would not be surprised if this newest launch just disappears. I guess you can just enjoy The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield while it lasts but I doubt this is going to last long at all.

Story: Rob Liefeld Script: David Gallaher Art: Rob Liefeld Letterer: Jack Morelli
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD (ONE SHOT)

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli
Cover: Rob Liefeld
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, David Mack, Jerry Ordway, Rob Liefeld (Top Secret), Sketch Variant
On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE SHIELD IS BACK! America’s first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone’s control threaten The Shield’s legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld and a story by David Gallaher.

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD

A Hero Returns in this The SHIELD #1 Preview

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli
Cover: Rob Liefeld
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, David Mack, Jerry Ordway, Rob Liefeld (Top Secret), Sketch Variant 
On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE SHIELD IS BACK! America’s first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone’s control threaten The Shield’s legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld and a story by David Gallaher.

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD #1 (ONE-SHOT)

CANCELED: Comic Creators Come Together to Raise Money for Biden for President on Thursday, October 22

Unfortunately, the event has been canceled. You can still donate to Biden for President and, with less than two weeks to go, there’s still time to volunteer and help get out the vote.


Avengers Assemble!!! Wait, that’s another fundraiser. This Thursday, October 22, comic creators are coming together for a “Virtual Comic Panel” to raise money to benefit Joe Biden for President’s Victory Fund.

The panel will be moderated by Bob Harrison and features Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Pak, Peter Krause, Heather Antos, Chris Sotomayor, Jamal Igle, David Gallaher, Andrew Dalhouse, Bekah Caden, Rich Douek, Richard Clark, Pete Pantazis, Steve Orlando, Cullen Bunn, and Alex Sanchez.

It features panelists from across the comic creation process.

The event takes place October 22 at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT.

The event has five donation tiers ranging from $50 general admission tickets to a $5,600 VIP level that includes a one-on-one video chat with a panel guest, writing critique or portfolio review.

Video conferencing details will be sent to all confirmed participants 24-48 hours prior to the event. Reasonable accommodations, such as closed captioning, will be available at request after RSVP.

Papercutz’s 2018 Free Comic Book Day Offering, A Brand New Only Living Boy Story from David Gallaher and Steve Ellis

Leading graphic novel publisher Papercutz’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 title will be a new, never before published story featuring The Only Living Boy by Harvey-award winning creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. Inspired by classic pulp novels, old-time radio broadcasts and Saturday morning cartoons, The Only Living Boy has charmed readers, critics and librarians alike over the course of five critically acclaimed graphic novels. Now, in Papercutz’s Free Comic Book Day title The Only Living Boy: Under the Light of the Broken Moon, Gallaher and Ells will delve into the secrets inside the laboratory of the sinister scientist Doctor Once.

In The Only Living Boy, 12-year old Erik Farrell runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

The Only Living Boy: Under the Light of the Broken Moon will be available for free at comic shops on May 5th 2018; check your local comic shops for availability.

Papercutz’s Super Genius to Publish David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ High Moon

Timed to February’s full moon, Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint has announced that it will publish the definitive edition of High Moon, the acclaimed graphic novel series by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis. Originally published by DC’s Zuda Comics imprint in 2007 and the Winner of the Harvey Award for Best Online Series, High Moon is a unique western and horror genre mash-up about the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter, one whose own dark secret emerges every full moon.

Super Genius will publish High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks this October, followed by volume 2 in May of 2018. For their release of High Moon, Super Genius will remaster the existing art for Volumes One and Two, before concluding the story with all new material in Volume Three. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by artist and co-creator Steve Ellis, the storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad:The Cost of Doing Business and The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning games, and the co-creator of The Only Living Boy graphic novel series, also written and co-created by Gallaher and published by Papercutz.

In High Moon, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

The Super Genius editions will be larger than the previous Zuda Comics print edition and will present the landscape formatted series in a removable slipcase that allows it to be racked vertically, maximizing its visibility for retailers and consumers.

All three volumes of High Moon will be published in hardcover at $24.99 and simultaneously in paperback at $14.99. High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on October 17th, 2017.

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Review: Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2

Convergence Green Lantern Corps #2 CoverStarring heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths! The Green Lantern Corps is revived when Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner power up and race to take on Hercules Unbound and Anti God from the Great Disaster!

The two issues of this Convergence tie-in has mostly focused on Guy Gardner and his issues with Hal Jordan, and some things that happened to him in the past. But, here’s the thing, I read Green Lantern back in the day, I clearly either didn’t read this, or don’t remember the specifics.

Not know those specifics, it took me out of the series, because Gardner’s PTSD just doesn’t quite hit me at all. THe two issues could have dove heavy into covering the PTSD, and focused on the battles less, but this issue we get battles, including Gardner knocking out some dragon like thing with a bat. I think that really says it all. The battle to wrap up the issue goes quickly, and the possibility that team Green Lantern Corps loses

Convergence has been very hit and miss, this one is a miss for me. Ande Parks and Steve Ellis‘ art is good, but can’t save this issue. I mean seriously… he hits a dragon with a bat! Did I mention that’s while riding a motorcycle? It’s fun to look at though.

If you know the history, the issue might be better. It does take us back to a time when the Green Lantern Corps’ human members were rather dysfunctional. We don’t get enough of that though.

Story: David Gallaher Art: Ande Parks, Steve Ellis
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Papercutz Collects The Only Living Boy

The Only Living BoyAs Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits High Moon and Box 13 are teaming up with Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation The Only Living Boy to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in six volumes.

The Only Living Boy tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

The Only Living Boy Vol. 1: Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on March 8th, 2016.

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ High Moon Returns Online

high-moon-season-1-coverThe popular and pioneering series High Moon by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis has returned online. The Harvey Award winning webcomic combines the western and horror genres to create a “Stephen King vs. Sergio Leone mash-up” that impressed fans and critics alike when it originally launched eight years ago as part of DC Comics’ initiative ZUDA Comics. The HighMoonComic.com site has launched with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the High Moon saga.

In High Moon, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

This is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic The Only Living Boy which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.

This is the second high profile series to go from print to digital. It was almost a month ago when it was announced that Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener‘s Atomic Robo would be switching to digital first, then eventually make it to print as trade paperbacks.

 

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