Two weeks ago we brought the news that Rob Liefeld had walked from a reboot of its superhero line of comics which was scheduled to kick off in June The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield, reintroducing the properties to modern readers. Liefeld was to be the architect behind Shield, who appeared to be the major character of the series.
Liefeld was upset when a variant cover was shared online which he felt had “spoiled” part of storyline. Coincidentally, this outrage occurred long after initial pre-orders for the solitude book had come in. After publicly expressing his outrage, and proclaiming he was walking away from the project, Archie Comics responded.
Archie Comics is pleased to inform our fans and retail partners that the release of The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 will proceed and hit its originally scheduled release date of June 30th in the direct market.
A new writer is being brought in to script the issue based on Mr. Liefeld’s artwork. Please stay tuned to our social media pages and website for more updates as they become available.
Archie Comics would like to thank our retailer partners and the fans for their patience and understanding as we worked on reaching an amicable conclusion to this project.
We look forward to everyone enjoying The Shield #1 upon its release in comic book shops on June 30th, featuring an assortment of incredible variant covers from talented artists across the comic book industry.
We encourage any retailer partners with questions or concerns to reach out to Archie Comics directly via email and we will be happy to help them in any way that we can.
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— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) May 19, 2021