The Mighty Crusaders #1

The Mighty Crusaders #1

Writer: Ian Flynn Artist: Kelsey Shannon Publisher: Dark Circle Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
6.8Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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New Ongoing Series! "Back in the Saddle." The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw-down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil!

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Nov 16, 2017

    MIGHTY CRUSADERS is a classic feeling superhero comic that is sadly rare today. It perfectly captures what we love about old school comics; fun, adventure, dynamic characters and a captivating story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 21, 2017

    This is the sort of book that you would want your kid to pick up. Clear good guys, clear bad guys and no ambiguity, told in an easy-going way. However, there are a couple of problems for Archie; firstly, despite being kid friendly the characters are not well-known and as such they may find it hard to compete with the Justice League or Avengers. The second is that whilst this style may well be kid friendly, there isn't quite enough cleverness to engage older readers. Hopefully, Archie Comics can find their audience for what is really a decent little team book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Dec 8, 2017

    The rest of the cast comprises a couple of newer characters that long-time Mighty Crusader fans may not know, some older characters as well some that were introduced when Dark Circle came back into print a few years ago. This, combined with a pretty fun first issue, gives me hope that this will be a pretty fun series to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 6, 2017

    The issue is a slow start. It takes a bit to get going, but when it does, it does so in a way that's unexpected. Instead of using action to distract and entertain, we're instead treated to the characters themselves and their struggle working together. Through the dialogue things are set up in a way that make them stand out and be intriguing. This will be an interesting one to watch going forward and see if it pays off in its promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 10, 2017

    If you've never read any comics with these characters, you may enjoy this first issue as it is fun, solidly written and has some stand out art. But it failed to hook me and make me want to read more, especially since it feels disconnected from what I've read just a couple years ago from the Dark Circle imprint. So it is not that there was anything particularly wrong here, it was just a drastic change in direction from what I had come to expect from Dark Circle. I hope this series lasts longer than it has in the past and it finds the right audience of younger readers. Unfortunately, I won't be back to find out. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Dec 11, 2017

    A boring opener to a standard superhero story that left very little impression on me. Nice, varied colors though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Wolf Nov 22, 2017

    Imaginary Fiends #1 effortlessly chills and creeps while taking a dark and sinister look at imaginary friends and explaining who they are, what they do, and why they're here. This stunning debut is impressive in several ways and ultimately, should be devoured by comic book readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Dec 8, 2017

    I really like the "Daughter of revolution" storyline, so I didn't hesitated to take this one. At first I didn't like it, because that's too close (And less effective) than other Super-heroes' team from other independant editor. And I find it weird & too quick, the fact than Victoria was already both in the team & the team leaders. Like seen her relationship with Jospeh (Who's like a manager) & the existence of the team don't match with the "daughter of the revolution" storyline. But I like how their discution turn, and the end of the book. Outside Victoria, I like Darkling very much, the rest aren't enought original to be interesting for now. I also don't see the interest in having Steel Sterling in when his power are close to Shield's one. I understand that is for some sort of legacy (We seen him as in the original team). And I like the fact they give some history to this team (I never read the previous version & the succeed to give me motivation to find it). So it's a glass half empty for now. I hope to see more than a Guarding the globe, Invincible, Secret Identity, Halcyon look alike story. Cover - i take te variant, less good but ripping of the Giant Size X-Men 1 cover. 1/2 Writing - I end it with a smile, that's a good sign 2/3 Arts - I like it, not perfect, but that do the job. 2/3 Feeling - I will give it more try, hoping for more. But they have to convince me quick to stay on board. 1/2

  • 7.0
    Jeremy Dec 17, 2017

    Was really looking forward to this since I adored the 2012 New Crusaders, also by Flynn, and the MLJ characters in all their past incarnations, from the golden age scans, to the silver age campiness, to the Rich Buckler-helmed eighties attempt (my personal favorite), to DC's Impact line, DC's 2nd attempt back in 2009 or so, and, most recently, the Dark Circle line itself (check out the Black Hood). I'm glad to see that Flynn has kept some of his own versions of the characters, though changing them slightly, but also that he integrated the 2015, Victoria Adams Shield (who deserved another chance)--and even that he's brought back a mysterious character called Darkling. He skillfully addresses some of the inadvertent confusion surrounding her at the time (early eighties). A first issue, especially for a superteam that is not that well-known, is a real challenge to pull off. You've got to introduce them all, make it compelling, get your reader to want to come back for more. And you need to do it all within a very few pages. As a fan, therefore, I don't know how much nostalgia is clouding my judgement, but I think Flynn pulls it off in a way that could intrigue new readers who may be too young to remember the Impact line or who may have missed the 2012 series. Can't say the same about the art, as it's just not my style. The layouts and visual storytelling, however, are great, which helps a lot and can make up for a lot. Needless to say, I'll be following this for at least six issues and I can't wait to see what happens.

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