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New Crusaders

Created by:

Ian Flynn & Ben Bates

First Appearance:

New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes #1,
October 2012

Origin:

At the end of the 1930s, under the direct supervision of J. Edgar Hoover himself, Joe Higgins a.k.a The Shield became the first “G-Man Extraordinary”. Joe would be joined by heroes such as Steel Sterling in the fight against evil. In time, more and more heroes would join forces, banding together as the Mighty Crusaders to fight at the frontlines against evil. After many years, virtually all super villains were imprisoned or otherwise dealt with. The Crusaders’ most persistent and formidable foe, The Brain Emperor, vanished into the Astral Plain alongside Mr. Justice, the most powerful of heroes.

The Bureau of Military Logistics and Jurisdiction, which had taken on the Crusaders as U.S. Marshals, helped the group establish the small town of Red Circle. The heroes took the opportunity to rest and start new families, never revealing their heroic pasts to the young generation.

Joe Higgens remained active to at least some extent, and maintained the "Crusader Circle" facility used by the team alongside his new friend, Dr. Uruk Ak'Ahk, who took on the name "Dusty" in reference to Joe's old sidekick Dusty Simmons. Simmons himself became the new head of MLJ, and continued to work with Joe. The retired Crusaders remained in contact, and told Joe that should evil return and anything befall them, they wanted him to look after the young generation they were raising. Joe agreed that should the worst occur, he would take in the children, and train them to protect themselves from the Crusaders' old foes. Tragically, he would be called to keep this promise.

Fly-Girl, divorced from her husband, raised an energetic and somewhat geeky daughter, Kelly Brand. Steel Sterling married, became Mayor of Red Circle, and raised a son, Johnny Sterling, who shared his father’s imposing physical stature as well as the elder Sterling’s easy-going nature and quiet likability. The Comet married and adopted a son, Greg Dickering, who grew up to be an intelligent and level-headed young man. The married heroes The Web and Pow-Girl raised a son, Wyatt Raymond, whose shy geekish nature and lack of enthusiasm for physical activity made him stand in stark contrast to his adventurous and athletic parents. Fireball discovered great conflict in his brother’s family and took in his troubled nephew, Alex Tyler, a boy with a good heart but a tendency to get into trouble. The Jaguar, who had always been more comfortable with animals than other humans, took a position at Red Circle’s zoo and formed a strong bond with his young protégé Ivette Velez, a shy and soft spoken young girl.

After many years passed, the Brain Emperor reappeared, having gained power over the mysterious Blue Ribbon. With his new powers the Brain Emperor ambushed his old foes at a reunion they had brought the younger generation too. The Emperor used his new powers to apparently kill Fly-Girl, Comet, Fireball, The Web, Pow-Girl, Jaguar, and Steel Sterling. Joe Higgins, however, succeeded in saving the teenagers present.

Joe followed through on his agreement with his old friends, becoming The Shield once more to protect their young. Following protocols set up by the Crusaders earlier to give the teens the abilities they would need to protect themselves, Joe gave Alex Tyler, Greg Dickering, and Johnny Sterling treatments to give them the powers of the original Fireball, Comet, and Steel Sterling. Kelly Brand received weapons and gear replicating the powers her mother had possessed as Fly-Girl, Ivette Velez was given a powerful mystic artifact that had been found by the original Jaguar, and Wyatt Raymond received a super-suit based on The Shield's own, enabling the young boy to become a new Web. Joe clearly struggled with dealing with his young charges, however, unused to interacting with teenagers. Nonetheless the youngsters decided to allow him to mentor them as they followed in their elders' footsteps, becoming the New Crusaders and swearing to bring the Brain Emperor to justice.

Checklist:
Red Circle:
New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes #1-6
New Crusaders Preview Mini-Comic
New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes TPB

Dark Circle:

New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Special #1

 

 

 

TEXT: Ian Flynn

ART BY: Rich Buckler

MICRO BY:

AMAZING BOY

AGENT SWIFT

BLACK HOOD

BLACK HOOD II

BLACK HOOD III

BLACK HOOD IV

BLACK JACK

BLACK WITCH

BOB PHANTOM

BOBBY BELL

BOY BUDDIES

BRAIN EMPEROR

CAPTAIN COMMANDO

CAPTAIN FLAG

CAPTAIN SPROCKET

CAPTAIN VALOR

CAT GIRL

COMET

COMET II

DAN HASTINGS

DARKLING

DOC REEVES

DOC STRONG

DUSTY

FALCON

FIREBALL

FIREBALL II

FIREFLY

FIREFLY ii

FLY

FLY II

FLY GIRL

FLY GIRL II

FOX

FOX II

GHOST FOX

GREEN COBRA

GREEN FALCON

HANGMAN

HANGMAN II

HANGMAN III

HERCULES

INFERNO

JAGUAR

JAGUAR II

KALTHAR

KARDAK

LADY SHIELD

MADAM SATAN

MARVEL

MIGHTY CRUSADERS

MISTER JUSTICE

MISTER MIDNIGHT

MISTER SATAN

NEVADA JONES
NEW CRUSADERS

O VINGADOR

POW-GIRL

PRESS GUARDIAN

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
RANG-A-TANG

RED RUBE

RED RUBE II

ROCKET

ROY

SCARLET AVENGER

SHADOW

SHE-FOX

SHE-FOX II

SHIELD

SHIELD II

SHIELD III

SHIELD IV

SHIELD V

SHIELD VI

SHIELDMASTER

SLIVER FOX

SPIDERMAN

SLIVER SPIDER

STEEL STERLING

STEEL STERLING II

TURAN

TY-GOR
WAR EAGLES

WEB

WEB II

WEB III

WIZARD

ZAMBINI

 

Created by Rik Offenberger September 18, 2003

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