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"A genuinely entertaining story that honors the legacy of the source material while still feeling exciting and new." --Ain't It Cool News

"An amazing mixture of classic four-color adventure and a touch of that teenage angst." --Ain't It Cool News

"Get on board now and enjoy the sense of wonder and fun that makes comic books worth reading." --Ain't It Cool News

"One really entertaining comic book story" --AOL's Comics Alliance

"Flawless artwork." --Pop Matters

"[Red Circle's] next step in the digital frontier" --The New York Times

"Reborn with a 21st Century twist." --Comic Book Resources

About the Author

IAN FLYNN has been the chief writer for Archie's popular and record-setting SONIC THE HEDGEHOG comic for more than five years, including the headline-grabbing SONIC: GENESIS storyline and graphic novel. He is the main writer of its sister title SONIC UNIVERSE and accompanying graphic novels since the title's inception, and is also the writer of Archie's MEGA MAN series, another critical and popular hit. Flynn also helmed the historic meetings of Sonic and Mega Man in the hugely popular SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE and WORLDS UNITE storylines, and wrote the critically-acclaimed NEW CRUSADERS series, Archie's return to the superhero genre.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Crusaders
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Circle; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936975319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936975310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pen name on April 10, 2013
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I have been interested in this title since it was first announced, and when I read the trade today I was blown away. The plot is pretty basic, the newer generation of heroes has to take over for the older ones, and they have a big fight in which one crusader doesn't survive. It has plenty of drama and action for those people who don't want their superheroes drowning in angst like the X-men, or most of DC right now. Don't let the fact that its an archie book steer you away.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on April 9, 2013
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The last several years have seen a renaissance at Archie Comics, and it was only a matter of time before their superheroes, historically known as The Mighty Crusaders, got into the act. After 20 years, The Shield, The Jaguar, The Comet, Fly Girl, Fireball, The Web, and Steel Sterling are back where they belong, with their first six issues collected in NEW CRUSADERS VOLUME 1: RISE OF THE HEROES.

Ian Flynn's plot is fairly basic, where the original heroes, having long since defeated their enemies, have retired and started families. Their past comes back to haunt them, as well as their children, when they are attacked during a reunion. With their parents presumed dead, The Shield rushes the kids to safety, where they learn of their parents' pasts, eventually gaining their aliases and powers in order to avenge them as The New Crusaders. I can't fault Flynn for wanting to start from scratch with new faces behind the masks; however, killing off the originals seems extreme. Things happen far too quickly as The Shield pushes the kids to get over this tragedy and become superheroes. No time to grieve, no funerals - just snap out of it and accept this massive legacy of which you were somehow unaware. Then they all rush into battle against an army of experienced supervillains who have just been sprung from prison. Riiiiight... Also, the ending of the story was extremely abrupt and made me wonder if some pages were missing. On the other hand, the story is steeped heavily in MLJ/Red Circle history. Cameos by heroes and villains, flashbacks, references to past adventures, and the Shield's memorabilia room might make longtime fans smile.

The biggest surprise for me was the mature tone of the story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HeartofTexas on December 15, 2013
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This book contains a number of stories from another of Archie Comics' short lived attempt to (again) revive their super-hero line of characters. These stories are from the Red Circle imprint of 1983-1984, which opted to compete on the newsstand versus Marvel and DC, rather than the direct market, with a great lack of commercial success. The stories themselves are an odd mix, attempting to integrate these tales into the backstory of the most current revival of Archie's teenage Crusaders. This results in oddities such as two different Black Hoods in two different stories, and a certain vagueness about the fate of the Fly (given that the Fly's rights reverted back to Joe Simon in 1999). Also, these stories have a very conservative viewpoint that seems out of place in the 21st century--something one of the modern era teenage Crusaders points out in one of the bridging arcs. The collection does feature some talented creators--Carmine Infantino (Comet), Alex Toth (Fox), Steve Ditko (Fly-Girl), Rich Buckler (Black Hood), but the stories are all workmanlike, rather than interesting or unusual. Worth the price through Amazon.
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By Matthew C. Tull on September 23, 2013
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For fans of Robert Kirkman's work on Super Dinosaur, Invincible, and Astounding Wolf-Man. The first two issues are a bit lighter fare, and the art a little rudimentary, but they get a stronger artist in issue 3 and they up the stakes, story-wise. I'm definitely on board from here on out. Classic superheroics and teen drama. Lots of fun. Second trade comes out next spring, supposedly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HR Havoc on December 20, 2013
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I'm old enough to have read the original issues of The Fly, Jaquar and some of the others, and probably even some of The Crusaders. The effort of a new book with the children and heirs of the originals in New Crusaders worked well enough that I thought to try this one, too. Yes, some greats of the business did the artwork on some of these original stories, but it is far from their best work. And what I have to remember is how young I was when I read the originals, since these are really weak even for the time period in which they were composed: too many explanations or thought balloons where the pictures could have said it better; too much redundant speaking and thinking ("we must use teamwork" is the catch phrase, it seems); evil opponents that belong in a closed room after a friend gave them two rolls of rubber wallpaper and a gift certificate for a double lobotamy; and stories with some very confusing inter-panel jumps that could use some editing. The old material is page by page full reprints as they originally appeared, complete with inexlicable continuity footnotes that add to the confusion. The new materials are just some very weak attempts to tie the old stories together, coming off as weak as the rest.

Then why two stars instead of one? My own weird thinking. I did buy it because of memories of the originals. Either I was younger than I thought back then, my standards were real low, or my memory just sucks, but nostalgia does have a bit of value, or so I think.
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