Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Hero

Adam Christo­pher and Chuck Wendig rein­vent Archie’s Shield- bearer

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First cre­ated in 1940, Archie

Comics’ the Shield ac­tu­ally pre­dates Cap­tain Amer­ica by 14 months. Now, cour­tesy of writ­ers Adam Christo­pher and Chuck Wendig and artist David Wil­liams, the su­per­pow­ered pa­triot is re­turn­ing as part of the fledg­ling Dark Cir­cle line in the rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent form of new char­ac­ter Vic­to­ria Adams.

“The new Shield has a very dif­fer­ent ori­gin story, one go­ing back to the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion,” says Christo­pher. “Over the last 200- or- so years, she’s been brought back when Amer­ica needs her most. This time, though, things are dif­fer­ent – some­thing has gone wrong, she doesn’t know who she is… and she doesn’t know why she is here.”

“Mak­ing her a woman is vi­tal to our ap­proach,” adds Wendig. “Not just to dif­fer­en­ti­ate her from the likes of Cap, but also be­cause re­ally, rep­re­sen­ta­tion mat­ters. She’s a strong fe­male char­ac­ter not just be­cause she’s lit­er­ally strong, but be­cause she’s com­plex, real, flawed, pow­er­ful and has agency in her own des­tiny and the fate of the US.”

With Wendig de­scrib­ing it as “a mod­ern spy thriller cou­pled with su­per­power shenani­gans”, the Shield’s al­le­giances will be tested like never be­fore. “Out­side the pages, the coun­try is deal­ing with some cuckoo stuff,” he says. “The over­reach of the po­lice, racism, sur­veil­lance cul­ture… we’re go­ing to be crack­ing all th­ese eggs.”

“The Shield is a su­per­hero ac­tion book, but hope­fully a bit more than that too,” con­tin­ues Christo­pher. “There are con­spir­a­cies and dark se­crets, some very nasty, in­sid­i­ous evils to fight. The Shield will also punch a gi­ant robot in the face, I’m ab­so­lutely 100% com­mit­ted to mak­ing that hap­pen!”

“I still think the satir­i­cal idea of a ring filled with rich peo­ple hov­er­ing above the im­pov­er­ished Earth is an awe­some idea. I al­most want to go back and do it cor­rectly” Maybe Neill Blomkamp should go and re­make Ely­sium af­ter Alien 5.

The Shield # 1 hits shelves on Wed­nes­day 17 June.

The Shield joins a grow­ing ros­ter of fe­male su­per­heroes.

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