Every year, Diamond
Comic Distributors puts out a mini-comic book made available to
comic shops around Halloween. Most of these retailers give
the comics away for free; some of them sell the comics. The
Crusaders have appeared in two previous editions and once again,
they will make an appearance in this year's edition, with art
courtesy of Fernando Ruiz.
In the upcoming comic, Archie and his friends are enjoying the
premiere of the "Shield Movie." Dressed in
Crusaders costumes to get half-price admission, the teens thrill
to the exploits of comics' first patriotic hero. During the
movie, we are treated to a retelling of the Shield origin, an
adventure costarring other Crusaders and even an appearance by
Given the framework that this is "only a movie," I took
a few liberties (as if having both Dusty and the Crusaders in the
movie wasn't liberty enough)! It gave me an opportunity to
spoof how studios make changes in movies based on comics and the
fans reactions to those changes.
The best news is, The Shield and other Crusaders take up about 8
of the 12 pages in this story. I'm sure you'll enjoy
it. Please be sure to tell your local comic shop to get
behind this special mini-comic by ordering plenty.