P:R Approved: Ben Bates’ Redesign Of The New Crusaders!

Note: Last summer when Archie Comics announced it was retooling its superhero line after the lackluster outing over at DC, we here at Project: Rooftop were excited at the possiblities. And now as the launch date nears and art’s started to trickle out, we’re even more excited. The series writer Ian Flynn was interviewed last month on iFanboy, and in that post they shared the best look yet at Ben Bates‘ redesigns for the “Red Circle” heroes. Take a look! – Chris A.

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29 comments on “P:R Approved: Ben Bates’ Redesign Of The New Crusaders!
  1. Years later, Steve Rogers is still fighting the good fight. However, he has paid a terrible price and time has left him bitter. Captain America: the Geriatric Years!

    Ben Riley, back from the dead!

    Jaguar- I’ve got nothing funny to add. It’s just nice looking stuff

    Comet- Shoryuuken!

    Steel Sterling- The money I paid to have Buffy wax me was well worth it. I shine like a million bucks

    Fly Girl- Her name is fly girl, lawl

    Fireball- Oh hey, Johnny Storm’s got a new suit.

    All (terrible) joking aside, I like these looks and the art style. Yeah, they kinda look derivative of Marvel characters, but I don’t really care about that as long as they can deliver the goods of decent, enjoyable comic books. I can’t wait to see what comes of these pics

  2. Well, most of the character predate Marvel, so I don’t know that you could call them derivative. Maybe that would be fair if you were talking about their current costumes or alterations made to the characters (though I still don’t really see it).

    It would be cool if these were successful, but I don’t see it happening. It would be great to have a line of traditional super-hero comics that were appropriate for kids and adults, instead of pandering to one segment of the audience or the other. I just don’t think that they will have much luck in marketing these largely-unknown character, especially if the comics are digital-only.

    All of the costumes are pretty nice, with the exceptions of Steel Sterling (who may not be salvageable, hoho) and The Web.

  3. Don’t care too much for The Web or Steel Sterling, but I think that’s more of the actual art style as opposed to the designs themselves. Otherwise, I really like these.

  4. Ben Bates has done some good work over the Sonic and Mega Man comics but this looks like his best work yet. I especially how he re-designed The Web while keeping elements of his DC version. Plus Geriatric Captain Amer—er I mean the Shield looks awesome!

  5. That’s probably true, but so few people have heard of these guys, that in the public conciousness, Marvel wins. That’s the problem with being overshadowed. Even if you came first, according to the people, you’re the knock off.

    Now, if these magazines stay true to Archie Comics and sell themselves in newstands or supermarkets, then I have no doubt that they could succeed by virtue of availability. That’s especially true if they advertise themselves as “all ages” material. I like to believe there is a substantial market for “all ages” comics waiting to be filled. You just have to abandon the thinking of recent years (selling comics in bookstores and comic shops, writing for the trade, etc.) and remember how comics used to be sold to EVERYONE, not just comic collectors

  6. The art is great but the characters (while “classic”) are overshadowed by similar, more popular main stream characters.

    That’s blatantly a Captain America torso, just with two extra “nipple stars” … am I right? Besides, I bet inside of 10 issues (if it lasts that long) The Shield loses his one cool feature and he his shot with a “de-aging ray gun” – or some such nonsense – to younger and more appealing.

    Comet and Fireball … weren’t they names of reindeer in that classic Rudolph special? Not to mention both seem to have sports logos rather than superhero insignia.

    Fly-girl is caucasian? She should be modeled after the most famous fly-girl of all … JLO! What a missed opportunity, what with her on American Idol and all. And the jokes we’ll never read… Why I wasn’t consulted on this?

    Jaguar and Steel Sterling are just too generic to comment on.

    I can’t see this getting any sort of following.

  7. I really like these. the aged SHeild leading a new group of heroes. I picked up a few issues of the Shield and The Comet back in the 90′s. Missed the DC versions recently but they didn’t seem that interesting.

  8. Why, Itlas? The Shield was created before Captain America. Marvel had to change Cap’s shield back in the 40s because it was a ripoff of Shield.

  9. Heritage characters or not, this looks like unusually well-rendered designs for knock-off superhero action figures (except for Fireball, who looks like someone who’d turn up in The Authority for like three issues just so he can get torn in half by someone). Sterling Steel is kind of making me want to buy DC’s incredibly crappy Tom Strong figures though, so at least one company might actually make some money.

  10. MAN! Seems like these guys have a up hill battle already. Most of these look great and interesting, can’t wait to see the Hood! I loved the more relaxed take the impact line had back in the 90′s, I’d love to check these out. Good luck with the relaunch guys!

  11. I so miss the original Crusaders. I picked up a lot of those comics as back issues. I don’t mind the update or the Impact updates but the originals really had a spark.

    What’s wrong with just modernizing the stories a bit and keeping the old characters?

  12. I’m liking these new designs– they certainly tap into that Golden Age sense of fun that seems to be lacking in comics today. And they’re miles better than DC’s terrible “Red Circle” versions that they published a few years ago.

  13. Chris A.: Why, Itlas? The Shield was created before Captain America. Marvel had to change Cap’s shield back in the 40s because it was a ripoff of Shield.

    Ok the Shield original costume http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Shield it’s totally like the first shield of Captain America,but because Cap was created later it’s him that copied the Shield.
    But this new costume returns the favor,just look at the Shield horizontal band on the belly with vertical red and white stripes,totally similar to the Cap costume,there are so many ways to play with the “blue,red and white” but they choosed something too much similar to Cap’s uniform.

    THE WEB:look at the web over his head and how he puts his hand on his face,missing only a balloon that says “OH,my spider sense’s tickling!”

    FLY-GIRL:Wasp with Spiderman mask.

    FIREBALL:as Edwin sayd “Oh hey, Johnny Storm’s got a new suit.”

  14. But this new costume returns the favor,just look at the Shield horizontal band on the belly with vertical red and white stripes,totally similar to the Cap costume,

    But as you’ll see, that lower torso set of vertical red and white stripes were in the Shield costume before Cap was first published. It just went from a Shield design mounted on his costume to wrapping around the costume and losing the shield motif.

  15. If different companies can keep recycling the DC holy trinity concept with ethnic or “more adult” variants, then I fail to see how this is such a sin. As it stands, if they stay true to Archie comics tradition, then these guys should appeal to a wider audience

  16. Chris A.:
    But as you’ll see, that lower torso set of vertical red and white stripes were in the Shield costume before Cap was first published. It just went from a Shield design mounted on his costume to wrapping around the costume and losing the shield motif.

    yeah,but they could have made the stripes more thin to recall the Shield’s shield,or they could have made a sort of V band still to represent his previous costume.As I sayd,there are many ways to play with red,white and blue.
    But no,they made an horizzontal band with wide red and white stripes,totally similar to Cap’s band.
    Not to mention the other heroes.

  17. The more I see the Shield, the more I love him. Could he grit his teeth any harder? It’s like he needs another mouth just so he can scowl harder

  18. I like the Comet’s look best, and Steel Sterling IS a good hero name. Fireball looks like one of the Incredibles, though. That’s the problem here: somewhat generic look + lack of common knowledge about characters = condemnation as ripoffs and dismissal.

  19. I’m disappointed they keep trying to update the original designs when they were cooler than anything they ‘ve been able to coma up with.

    That is sure true of the Comet (the original design, with Cyclops visor, is awesome) and, by far, of Fly Man. Strange they insist on making him a girl (actually there used to be a Fly Girl, but it was an iteration, like Super Girl) just as in the Red Cricle version that failed to succeed.

  20. Chris A.: The Shield was actually created before Captain America.

    I know that…just poking fun. Plus like others have mentioned, the general public would just give them unflattering nicknames like “Electro Spider-Man” or “The other Johnny Storm”. The mainstream is such a fickle mistress.

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