Saturday, July 19, 2014

Archie Comics' Announces the First Three "Dark Circle" Titles!

Last week, Archie Comics announced the relaunch of their superhero line under the new Dark Circle Comics brand. This week, they announced the first three Dark Circle Comics titles, which will be released in early 2015:

THE FOX: Archie Comics published a really great mini-series featuring the Fox in late 2013/early 2014. Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid will reunite for a new series featuring the Fox. The initial new storyline will be the "Fox Hunt."

"Fox Hunt" interrupts Paul Patton Jr's superhero retirement plans. He inadvertently upsets some rich guy, who then places a million dollar bounty on his head. What follows is a crazy mess of villains gunning for for the Fox.

Meanwhile, we will be seeing more of the Fox's family, including his young son. What happens when you try retiring from superheroics and your son thinks that is the coolest thing about you?

THE BLACK HOOD: Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos will team up for "The Bullet's Kiss," the first story arc of this series. This will be the darkest of the three titles.

The Black Hood is a cop named Gred Hettinger who starts his descent into darkness with a shot to the face. The character will wear an executioner's mask. The series promises to be a "daring reimagining" of the classic Black Hood character, dangerous, and gritty.

This promises to be the most un-Archie of the three Dark Circle Comics comic books -- and it definitely is the one that I'm looking forward to the most.

THE SHIELD: A new female Shield character will be debuting in "Daughter of the Revolution," created by Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, and Wilfredo Torres.

This new Shield is the latest in a legacy of Shields. The Shield was the original patriotic superhero (predating Captain America and every other stars-and-stripes hero).

Honestly, I'm not sure what to expect from this title. To be honest, I like the idea of a new Shield. I wasn't a huge fan of the New Crusaders' Shield and think it's time for some new blood. I just hope that she inherits Dusty the Space Ape from the NEW CRUSADERS mini-series.

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