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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

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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

Rob Liefeld Celebrates 30 Years of X-Force

On this day 30 years ago, X-Force #1 debuted and took the comic book industry by storm! Created by Rob Liefeld, X-Force #1 was a blockbuster success, selling over 5 million copies to become one of the best-selling single issues in Marvel history. Commemorating the anniversary of this groundbreaking issue, Rob Liefeld will return to the X-Force saga this November with a new chapter in X-Force: Killshot!

The special one-shot will feature an explosive adventure starring Cable and his mighty militant mutant squad, taking readers back to the beloved 90s heyday of the X-Men franchise. Cable and his counterparts will assemble five separate X-Force squadrons – from various points in time – to converge on Asteroid S for an all-out assault to defeat Stryfe once and for all.

Return to one of the most iconic runs in the X-Men mythos this November in X-Force: Killshot!

Early Preview: X-Men #1

X-Men #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Pepe Larraz (VCA) Nick Bradshaw, Juan Cabal, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Joshua Cassara, Larry Houston, Russell Dauterman, Rob Liefeld, Iban Coello, Peach Momoko, R.B. Silva, Natacha Bustos, Patrick Gleason, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THESE X-MEN ARE… FEARLESS!
The heroes of Krakoa are here to save the planet! Things might be complicated between the nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-MEN, things are simple – you do what’s right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind, and they will not shrink from any battle for their home planet. Writer Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, DEADPOOL, UNCANNY AVENGERS) reteams with superstar artist Pepe Larraz (HOUSE OF X, X OF SWORDS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) to chart the course of the X-Men in a world of the Reign of X!

X-Men #1

Rob Liefeld and Larry Hama Team for a Snake Eyes: Deadgame #5 Cover

On July 7, 2021, Rob Liefeld will close out his run on the best-selling G.I. JOE title, Snake Eyes: Deadgame, from Hasbro and IDW! The fifth issue finale features an All-Star list of comic book legends providing inks and finishes to Rob’s penciled art. Not satisfied with just putting together an All-Star team, Rob decided to round out the cast by adding legendary artist and creator Kevin EastmanRyan OttleyEric Canete, and Karl Kerschl.

Not content with this unparalleled assemblage of All-Star talents, Liefeld wanted to take the event one step further. The Deadpool creator enlisted the Living Legend of G.I. JOE: A Real American HeroLarry Hama. Rob will ink over Larry Hama’s pencils for a special once-in-a-lifetime collectible cover event.

These artists join the already named list of All-Stars including Neal AdamsJerry OrdwayWhilce PortacioKarl KeselArt ThibertPhilip TanDan PanosianDan FragaEd PiskorMarat MychaelsJim RuggTom ScioliCory HamscherPaul ScottKarl Alstaetter, and Chance Wolf.

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)

David Gallaher to script The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 for Archie

Archie Comics has announced that David Gallaher will script a new story for The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 based on Rob Liefeld‘s artwork. The comic’s future was unknown when Liefeld announced through social media that he was no longer a part of the project. The comic goes on sale in comic shops and digital platforms on June 30.

Below is the updated solicit text as well as a look at the issue:

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.

Retailer orders for all covers placed by FOC date will be 100% returnable (no minimum)

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR A Main Cover: Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR C Var: Aaron Lopresti
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR D Var: David Mack
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR E Var: Jerry Ordway
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR F Var: Top Secret Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR G Var: Rob Liefeld Sketch Variant
On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Early Preview: Iron Man Annual #1

Iron Man Annual #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ibraim Roberson (CA) Nick Bradshaw (VCA) Travis Charest, Rob Liefeld, Ron Lim
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

IRON MAN VERSUS QUANTUM! When Iron Man learns about the strange people who kidnapped and tortured Miles Morales, he HAS to look into it. What he finds out about the Assessor and especially Quantum will shock him and you! Don’t miss this in depth look at some of the coolest new villains and the groundwork laid for major future Marvel stories!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Part 1 (of 8) of “Super-Spy vs. Super-Spy”- Nick Fury is Agent of Nothing and Phil Coulson is Agent of Mephisto. For the first time since Coulson came back from the dead, these two brothers-in-arms will face off.

Iron Man Annual #1
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