Last week saw the debut of Archie Comics' long-anticipated Red Circle Comics app, along with the first installment of the publisher's ambitious digital-first weekly serial, "New Crusaders." Written by Ian Flynn and featuring art by Ben Bates and Gary Martin, the series introduces readers to the second generation of Archie's classic Red Circle super heroes, featuring teenaged takes on characters like the Shield, the Jaguar, Steel Sterling, Fly-Girl and more.
As for readers who may be less digitally-inclined, Archie has them covered as well with the digital-first adventures seeing print, albeit after they hit the digital newsstand. Speaking with CBR last month, Archie Editorial Director Paul Kaminski explained the decision saying, "For the people who are not going to be able to get the app, whether it be because they have no device or are hesitant about the world of digital, we have that print component so that everyone can enjoy 'New Crusaders.' What's most important to us is that as many people can enjoy it as possible. We know the digital is the centerpiece of the project as a whole because it's such a unique approach to the modern distribution of comics. As Mike Pellerito is fond of saying, 'Digital is the new newsstand' and that's an interesting idea to explore with the app. But fear not. We've got you covered if you like print."
Today, Archie has provided CBR with an early look at this week's episode -- available tomorrow, May 23 -- as well as the covers for the second print issue including an exclusive first look at artist ChrisCross' variant!
Red Circle Comics presents The New Crusaders. Our world demands heroes – a new generation must RISE! Over a decade ago, the super hero team known as The Mighty Crusaders did the impossible: they won. Successful in their battle against evil and finding they’d made the world a better place, the heroes settled down to the small town of Red Circle to start families, unwind and take a much-deserved rest. When the quiet town is rocked by the return of the ultimate evil, the super hero residents are obliterated! It’s up to their heirs to fight for justice and crusade against evil. They are our last, best hope. They are: THE NEW CRUSADERS!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates