The New Crusaders by writer Ian Flynn and artist Ben Bates, will be part of a Netflix-like online subscription service offered by Archie and iVerse Media, according to an article in the New York Times. The service will offer an original six-page story and access to an archive of past adventures. “It will be a nominal monthly charge with access to new comics and thousands and thousands of pages from the archive,” Jon Goldwater, the co-chief executive of Archie Comics Publications, told the Times.

The new stories will feature old enemies tracking down the now-retired heroes (who live in the aptly named suburb of Red Circle), leading The Shield to head up “the next generation” of the team. Archie last published adventures of the Red Circle characters in the mid-1980s; DC Comics licensed them from Archie for its short-lived Impact line in the 1990s, then tried to integrate them into the DC Universe a couple of years ago. And again, the titles were short-lived. DC co-publisher Dan Didio confirmed this summer that DC no longer had the license to publish stories about the characters.


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Ian Flynn (w), Ben Bates & Alitha Martinez (p), Gary Martin (i)
By Greg L. Mercer


“Legacies,” Part 1. The days of being ordinary teens are over: it’s time for them to become the New Crusaders! But the over-confidence of Shield and his charges could spell doom for the fledgling team. Who remains standing at the end of the day? The Red Circle Universe’s greatest heroes begin their journey in this pulse-pounding issue!

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“Legacies” Part Two: The Mighty Crusaders have fallen, and when the next generation rose to take their place, they largely met with disaster! Can Shield salvage what’s left to make a new team of heroes? Or do the teens have what it takes to turn events around? Featuring a variant cover by legendary Mighty Crusaders artist Rich Buckler!

The New Crusaders are getting some buzz.

Publishers Weekly posted a brief article today about the The New Crusaders, Archie’s relaunch of the Red Circle universe as an app for smart phones and tablets. Both Newsarama and Comic Book Resources have covered this to varying degrees lately. Keep checking in with the official Red Circle Comics site for a launch date, as there hasn’t been a firm one announced.

I’ll be discussing this in more detail on this week’s episode.