David Gallaher will script Rob Liefeld’s ‘The Shield’ one-shot for Archie Comics

The announcement comes after Liefeld left the project over a variant cover reveal by a different artist.

Archie Comics has announced that they’ve hired David Gallaher (Only Living Girl, High Moon) to script Rob Liefeld’s The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield one-shot.

The one-shot will still arrive on June 30 as planned. Archie positioned Gallaher as scripting “a new story for The Shield one-shot based on Mr. Liefeld’s artwork.”

Here’s the updated solicitation text:


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.

*Retailer orders for all covers placed by FOC date will be 100% returnable (no minimum)*

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR A Main Cover: Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR C Var: Aaron Lopresti
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR D Var: David Mack
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR E Var: Jerry Ordway
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR F Var: Top Secret Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR G Var: Rob Liefeld Sketch Variant

On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And here’s a look at all the covers, including the newly revealed “top secret” variant cover by Rob Liefeld:

Archie also released some additional promotional images:

Liefeld said he quit the project after a retailer variant cover by a different artist was released that revealed a “key plot point/element” from the story. He later added on Twitter that some sequences from the issue were incomplete, and he offered to complete the comic, but Archie declined.

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