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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)

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.

Rob Liefeld Makes it Clear, He’s Definitely Done with Archie’s SHIELD Reboot

A couple of days ago we brought the news that Rob Liefeld had walked from the reboot of its superhero line of comics. Kicking off in June The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield would reimagine Archie’s iconic library of superheroes reintroducing the properties to modern readers. Liefeld was an architect behind Shield, what seemed like one of the major characters of the series.

Liefeld was upset and felt that a cover “spoiled” part of the plot of the series. But it seems like there’s more to it.

He has made it clear on Twitter that he’s absolutely done with the series “activating the release” in the contract.

Fun facts. SHIELD #1 had a June 30th release date. I exited the project on May 8, activating the release in my contract. I have turned in all the final art files for work I produced that was paid for. As I do on any project, I work out of order and sequences are incomplete.

Again, I appreciate that Archie representatives solicited and ultimately recruited me over many months in order to do this work. I was excited to expose these characters to a new generation. Despite “Creative Differences” I offered to complete the issue but this has been rejected

And that as they say, is that.

It would seem based on that there were far more issues behind the scenes than just a cover. “Creative differences” are mentioned but no specific details.

When asked if he’d sign copies of SHIELD #1, Liefeld responded:

Oh man, good question. TBD. I’d have to consider the final product when it arrives. What I turned in was not a completed sequence of pages.

Archie has released a statement concerning the situation on Twitter:

Archie Comics is pleased to inform our fans and retail partners that the release of The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 will proceed and hit its originally scheduled release date of June 30th in the direct market.

A new writer is being brought in to script the issue based on Mr. Liefeld’s artwork. Please stay tuned to our social media pages and website for more updates as they become available.

Archie Comics would like to thank our retailer partners and the fans for their patience and understanding as we worked on reaching an amicable conclusion to this project.

We look forward to everyone enjoying The Shield #1 upon its release in comic book shops on June 30th, featuring an assortment of incredible variant covers from talented artists across the comic book industry.

We encourage any retailer partners with questions or concerns to reach out to Archie Comics directly via email and we will be happy to help them in any way that we can.

The whole situation seems to be an odd one with Liefeld initially stating he was angry over a cover that “revealed” things already revealed and he himself shared. But, he also hints at “creative differences” that would indicate there were other issues. He also has stated he’s quit but also he offered to complete the project but was rejected. Overall, who knows what really happened and we’ll have to wait and see what the end product is like.

Rob Liefeld Done with Archie’s The Shield?

Archie Comics and writer/artist Rob Liefeld had been teaming up to update Archie’s classic superhero The Mighty Crusaders characters. Kicking off in June The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield would reimagine Archie’s iconic library of superheroes reintroducing the properties to modern readers.

Over the weekend, Liefeld took to social media to voice his displeasure over a cover that he felt revealed a “key plot point/element”. The retail variant cover was by Tone Rodriguez.

Liefeld said in his post:

When the key plot point/element is revealed on a retail variant cover – it’s probably time to exit the stage on this one…. like seriously?

Archie followed up saying they didn’t “grant permission for this (the cover) to be posted and shared”.

Liefeld followed up with:

Really dumb. It was fun while it lasted… on to the next!

When someone asked if the project was still going ahead, Liefeld responded “died right here”.

Those statements makes it seems like Liefeld is done on the project which hasn’t even debuted yet.

But, the character revealed on the cover and hints as to what it all means were already spoiled. Liefeld hinted to the story in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Archie had already released an image of the character in its initial teasers here and here drawn by Liefeld.

Check out the cover below along with the original teaser image.

America’s first patriotic superhero returns in June from Rob Liefeld and Archie Comics

America’s first patriotic superhero The Shield returns this June in a new one-shot comic that kicks off a re-imagined Mighty Crusaders mini-series from Archie Comics and legendary writer/artist Rob Liefeld.

The four-issue series of one-shots spanning the Mighty Crusaders assortment of superhero characters begins on June 30 with the launch of The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1, featuring variant covers by Liefeld and a host of renowned industry talent.

This series of action-packed one-shots will shine a spotlight on the deep bench of superhero characters in the Archie Comics library, who share a long and storied history alongside the company’s more familiar teen & romance publications, while remaining open and accessible to new readers.

Archie Comics is working with comic shop retailers to host virtual events, create exclusive variant covers for their stores, and deliver unique one-of-a-kind items timed to The Shield One-Shot’s launch.

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 features covers by Rob Liefeld, Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, David Mack, Jerry Ordway, a Top Secret Rob Liefeld variant, as well as sketch and black variants.

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