Introducing Archie’s “New Crusaders”: The Shield

The Shield is the center piece of the new crusaders for ArchieSource: CBR.com

This May, one of the oldest superhero universes in comic books is reborn with a 21st Century twist as Archie Comics rolls out its digital-first series “New Crusaders” as a dedicated app for Apple’s iOS. And while many modern comic readers may be familiar with the Red Circle franchise characters from their recent run at DC Comics, the “New Crusaders” launch will be the first to bring back the original continuity of the superteam in nearly 30 years. With a history that stretches back to he Golden Age, CBR News is checking in with writer Ian Flynn and members of Archie’s Red Circle brain trust to see what stories, concepts and creative twists will prove most important for fans to know come spring. And we start our series today with an exclusive first look at artist Ben Bates take on the Crusaders original leader: the Shield.

“Each superhero line has their stand-out characters — the one people can pick out of a line-up and go, ‘Oh, yeah! I remember that one!’” said Flynn. “Shield is that for the Red Circle line. We have a ton of characters to choose from, and a lot of new ideas, but Shield is the cornerstone to it all. He is the Red Circle brand.” Continue reading

Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp Teaming Up for Kolchak Movie, The Night Stalker

Kalchak coming to the big screenby Brendon Connelly, Source: Bleeding Cool.com

Kolchak was born in a novel, then came to TV in a pair of telemovies with scripts by Richard Matheson. These were then spun out into a monster of the week mystery show. By the time I was old enough to watch it, or even really find out about it, it was gone, and it took me years to track it down. By the time I’d caught up with it, so had mainstream TV and I’d already seen echoes all over the place – most notably in The X-Files.

But The Night Stalker feels like an original, and it is fresh in ways that its successors often are not. And it has, most importantly, the central character of Carl Kolchak, the newspaper man who won’t stop in his pursuit of vampires, werewolves, and other impossible things, even when nobody believes him, and when his attempts to get the word out there come to just about nothing. Continue reading

J.K. Rowling teases with news of a post-Potter novel for grown-ups

J.K. Rowling plans for post Harry Potter BookBy Marc Bernardin, Source: Blastr.com

Even though writing for children has made her rich beyond the dreams of mortal man, J.K. Rowling has announced that her next novel will be “very different from the Harry Potter series.” And she’s already signed the deal for its release.

Details, as you can imagine, are scarce at this point: All that’s known is that an announcement about the title and time of release will come later in the year. To wit, Rowling released a statement that doesn’t clear up too much:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

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