By Steven Scott
New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow, the second arc of the critically acclaimed series, welcomes back original artist Ben Bates whose variant cover was exclusively debuted by Comic Book Resources.
Originally announced by Ain’t It Cool News, fans can now rest assured that once the Rise of the Heroes arc reaches its shocking conclusion that these characters will strike back in an all-new adventure beginning in May.
Keep an eye out for more debuts and exclusive content as we inch closer to the release of New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow!
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By Steven Scott
As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year in comics. Comic Book Resources has put together their list of the Top 100 Comics of 2012 including New Crusaders. Applauding the title’s successful relaunch, and praising it “one of the most enjoyable and surprising superhero comics on the stands,” New Crusaders took a classic concept and put a new spin on it this year, creating a new crop of contemporary superheroes with a legacy to honor.
With the first arc, Rise of the Heroes, coming to a close, stay tuned for more news on the next big story coming in 2013 from Red Circle Comics – New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow!
Stay up to date with New Crusaders on the Red Circle App.
By Steven Scott
Red Circle Comics is proud to launch the second arc of the groundbreaking New Crusaders series: Dark Tomorrow. Ain’t It Cool News interviewed writer Ian Flynn and Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski on the second arc of the super hero comic.
Beginning this May, the New Crusaders continue their triumphant return with New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow following their fiercest battle to date with the shocking conclusion to New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes.
“This new series will introduce some new characters to the team, and some familiar faces to the Red Circle universe will be back,” teases Red Circle Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski. “Dark Tomorrow will take our kids back to high school, where they begin to juggle their super hero identities with the normal trials of high school life. The 6-issue limited series format will allow us to pace out the long-form story just as writer Ian Flynn has crafted it over time, and that story is intense.”
The innovative flagship title for Red Circle Comics will now offer fans day-and-date releases of the issues either in print from their local comic shop or digitally on the Red Circle App. New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow #1 hits stands May 1.
New Crusaders Editor Paul Kaminski spoke with Robot 6 about what’s on the horizon for the digital-first series. The most immediate change that will go into effect is that beginning with the second arc, New Crusaders will switch format from the 6-page acts to a traditional day-and-date release for both print and digital.
In addition, the Lost Crusade stories, which focuses on the classic Red Circle Heroes leading up to the events in New Crusaders, will now be released monthly on the app. New creators will be brought in to breathe life into these stories including Sergio Cariello, Howard Mackie, Scott and David Tipton.
Kaminski commented on the new editions, “All the creators involved in both New Crusaders and Lost Crusade have been briefed by the Red Circle brain trust as to the ultimate story goals of the Red Circle universe. Readers of Lost Crusade gain special insight into the events unfolding in the main title and also allows some of the most talented people in comics to play in the Red Circle sandbox.”
Kaminski also teased the second arc, the cover which can be viewed after the break. Art by Jerry Gaylord, Kent Archer and Thomas Mason.
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Leading entertainment and pop culture site Ain’t It Cool News reviews New Crusaders #3 giving it all the praise it deserves. With this issue, the first arc has reached its midway point and according to Ain’t It Cool’s review, “is pushing all the right buttons.”
The review goes on to commend writer Flynn’s writing as “an amazing mixture of classic four-color adventure and a touch of that teenage angst,” with comparison’s to early Spider-Man.
The accolades don’t stop there as the reviewer recommends readers to “get on board now.” To summarize – New Crusaders “makes comic books worth reading.”
Click Here to read the full review.
Chuck Dixon, the second writer to tackle the relaunched Red Circle universe, spoke with Newsarama on his experience of writing on LOST CRUSADE, the series that fills in the gaps between the New Crusaders and the classic run of Mighty Crusaders.
Dixon elaborated on what the Red Circle characters meant to him and why he enjoys writing for them, specifically The Comet, who is the central character focused on in his story.
“I like the idea of all-ages superhero comics,” Dixon said. “I also really dig the legacy of these characters and I’m honored to be one of the creators who will help bring these great characters back to comics.”
On the possibility of returning to write more Lost Crusade adventures, Dixon says, “That’s what they tell me! I can’t wait to work in this playground again. It’s exciting to be on a re-start like this.”
New Crusaders #3 hits comic stands this Wednesday so be sure to stop by your local comic shop and pick it up!
By Steven Scott
Newsarama gives readers a glimpse at Lost Crusade 2. In the second chapter of untold stories from the Red Circle universe, veteran comic book writer Chuck Dixon (Batman) takes a crack at filling in the gaps for The Comet between the events of the Mighty Crusaders and today’s New Crusaders saga.
For more ongoing adventures involving the next generation of superheroes, The New Crusaders, download the Red Circle App today.
Review excerpt from Ain’t It Cool News -
The “Mighty Crusaders”—those superheroes whose exploits were chronicled alongside the teenage antics of Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the gang in ARCHIE comics, and later under the publisher’s Red Circle line—have not fared well in recent attempts to revitalize the characters for more modern audiences. First there was the !mpact imprint that DC put out in the early 1990s. This update of the Shield, the Fly and their fellow costumed cohorts actually was begun with some decent (if fairly standard) storytelling and artwork, and was initially aimed at younger comic book fans. But internal disagreements and the explosion of the grim ‘n’ gritty fare popularized by Image Comics led to an unfortunate change in direction for the line, and the imprint folded soon after. More recently DC attempted to resuscitate the Archie superheroes while at the same time integrating them into the post-FINAL CRISIS DC Universe with their own line of Red Circle comics, helmed by J. Michael Straczynski—the less said about this run, the better. But it looks as if the third time may be the charm with this new Red Circle line published (once again) by Archie, because the NEW CRUSADERS brings something to these properties that has been sorely lacking in these other attempted updates: a genuine sense of excitement.
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NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES #2
“Ashes to Ashes” Part Two: Tragedy strikes the town of Red Circle! Shaken by the devastation to their town and families, the heirs to the Crusaders legacy face one more surprise: Joe Higgins, aka The Shield, is their legal guardian! But secret bunkers, talking space monkeys and hidden weapon caches aren’t exactly the best way to make a first impression. Who knew? The kids made it through a battle with the murderous Brain Emperor – but can they get past Joe Higgins?
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover and Hero Variant: Ben Bates
Variant Cover: Chris Cross and Thomas Mason
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/10
32-page, full color comic
The digital first series New Crusaders from Red Circle Comics made the leap to print earlier this month and comics mega-news site NEWSARAMA made the announcement that the prelude to LOST CRUSADE (the series that fills in the gaps between Mighty Crusaders and New Crusaders) would be printed as a backup story in issue #2. Series writer Ian Flynn spoke with Newsarama about what fans can expect from Lost Crusade and how it ties into the current New Crusaders series. In Flynn’s own words, “The first installment chronologically takes place after issue #2, as the kids of the original team are first placed into the care of Joe Higgins, [the Mighty Crusader also known as] the Shield. This serves as an introduction to the new series of stories and bridges Lost Crusade with New Crusaders.”
Future installments of Lost Crusade will pop up on the Red Circle App every month that there’s a 5th Wednesday on the digital release schedule. Stay tuned for more Lost Crusade stories in between the latest adventures of the New Crusaders!