After Rob Liefeld very publicly walked away from his commitment to Archie Comics for The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1, he left the publisher in a very awkward position. Liefeld maintains that he’s somehow the injured party, though he submitted unfinished artwork with no script when he exited the project over a variant cover design that he disagreed with.
Archie Comics, for their part, promised The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1, and they intend to deliver. To this end, they have enlisted David Gallaher to script the one-shot, based on the incomplete artwork submitted by Liefeld.
Here’s the updated solicit text from Archie Comics:
‘The Shield Is Back! America’s first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone’s control threaten The Shield’s legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld and a story by David Gallaher.’
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 hits the spinner racks on June 30, 2021.