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Interview: Ian Flynn Talks NEW CRUSADERS Back at Archie Comics

The Shield, the Web and other Red Circle characters are coming pack in the upcoming NEW CRUSADERS.

Red Circle Comics is bringing back a lot of characters you might be familiar with. These characters started out at Archie Comics, then spent some time published through DC Comics and are now coming back to Archie.

The new series, NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES, will debut and appear weekly on a new Red Circle/New Crusaders app and later appear in printed form (the first physical issue debuts on August 22). The series will be written by Ian Flynn with art by Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms.

We asked Ian a few questions to find out what we can expect when the series debuts next month digitally.

Comic Vine: The New Crusaders were recently seen at DC Comics in various series and one-shots. How did they end up back at Archie Comics?

Ian Flynn: The DC outings were Archie licensing out the heroes and DC putting their own spin on them. Once the licensing period was up, they came back home to Archie.

CV: What do new readers need to know about the New Crusaders and other Red Circle characters? Will the stories be completely new-reader friendly or will there be an acknowledgement to past histories?

IF: New readers don't need to know a thing. Veteran readers will definitely pick up on nuances and nods, but the story is about the new characters - the teens thrust into this crazy world of super heroes and villains. Their journey is the reader's journey.

== TEASER ==

CV: Will this be aimed at all ages? How much action or violence might there be?

IF: I'm calling it "all-ages with an edge." A fist to the face gets you a bloody nose instead of cartoon stars, and there's the occasional crass term or curse. It's about as violent as you'd see on regular TV - maybe even less so.

CV: Will the stories mainly focus on the group as a team or will we see individual stories with the different characters such as the Shield, the Web, etc? What about separate series?

IF: For right now, here at the very beginning, we're focusing on the team. The teens don't necessarily know each other that well, and one of the initial themes is team-building.

CV: Archie has been active in the digital market for some time, what will be the difference between the digital first releases and the later printed editions?

IF: The digital first release will give subscribers six pages a week, while you'll have to wait for the complete printed issue. For the first issue, though, we're opening with twelve pages.

CV: How will the content be released digitally? Will it be on a weekly or monthly schedule? What will be the price for each installment?

Editor Paul Kaminski: Each Wednesday the Red Circle App will release the next installment, or “Act” to the episode that we’re on. May 16th launches a double-sized series premiere, Episode One: Acts 1 &2, followed by Acts 3 and 4 in the subsequent weeks. Along with the new content, the older content will continue to grow and expand at a rate of around 3 new titles per week. This is in addition to the backlog of comics that will be available at launch! This is a newsstand subscription app, so readers will have their new content continuously updated and as long as they’re still subscribed to the app, will have access to everything 24/7. Subscription price is an easy-breezy 99 cents a week - At today’s current comic prices, that’s like getting upwards of 13 comics for the price of one!

CV: Despite being published through Archie Comics, are the characters going to remain strictly separate?

IF: I don't think we're going to see Shield and Archie-as-Pureheart fighting goons together any time soon. But I've heard if you know where to look, you can find Riverdale and the town of Red Circle on the same map.

Be sure to check out NEW CRUSADERS next month through the digital app (unless you can wait until August).

Posted by GundamHeavyarms

Thanks for doing this interview G-Man. I havent been this excited for a new series since Mega Man. Even the New 52 hasn't gotten me this excited. I guess I'll just wait till august, since Im not really interested in digital.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow, Archie got the Red Circle characters back huh? That should be interesting. Love the artwork!

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Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I was really digging The Web at DC and I LOVED what Rozum was doing with Hangman. Of course I'm interested to see them again, but....

Posted by Kairan1979

Too bad. I liked DC version of The Web.

Posted by pikahyper

Interesting, I wonder if this is a hint about Archie having some financial problems if they are trying to net some of those superhero dollars.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Too bad DC didn't resign the deal, to busy with new 52, so its understandable.

Edited by Decept-O

It is a nice option for those wanting to make use of digital comics. While I am not one in that category yet it is still a good idea here. Should appeal to a lot of potential readers.

I like the updated look of the characters, especially Jaguar and making The Shield appear a bit older. I see Fly Girl but no Fly Man? Hm.

Looks cool!

Posted by dewboy01

so there's no connection between dc and archie comics, at all.

Posted by KidSupreme

Wow i totally miss these guys

Posted by Neil_Robertson

@dewboy01: I've read elsewhere that there may be some ethereal link between the New Crusaders and some aspects of !mpact/RedCircle DC material. It's unlikely any of the DC versions will show up, but an acknowledgement MIGHT just be possible.

Posted by The_Tree

I'll miss these guys at DC, they were pretty cool, especially The Web.

Posted by NightFang

I'll keep an eye out for these.

Edited by Kiltro95

Easily the comic team return I've been waiting for, for so long I can't wait to see how this will pick up, it makes me wonder what other characters besides the ones on the covers they'll bring back, maybe the Shield will have stories of other heroes he met such as the original Fly. So many windows are opening. maybe if it gets popular enough Archie'll give em solo issues and bring in more old characters and introduce new ones.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Booooo bring back the DC versions