THE BLACK HOOD #1 ON SALE NOW!

The first issue from Dark Circle Comics by Duane Swiercyznski and Michael Gaydos is on sale now!

Grab the debut issue of THE BLACK HOOD at a comic book store near you! Not sure where your nearest comic shop is? Use the Comic Shop Locator Service!

Get THE BLACK HOOD #1 mailed directly to your door with a subscription from Archie Comics!

Prefer to read your comics digitally? Grab THE BLACK HOOD #1 on ComiXology!

ComicBook.com has a look inside the first issue including an animated trailer for the series!

USA TODAY chatted with writer Duane Swierczynski about the series and showcased artwork from the second issue.

THE WASHINGTON POST spoke with Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura about the new series and crafting a world where characters and story come first.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY examined THE BLACK HOOD’s dark tone and talked with Duane Swierczynski about setting the book in Philadelphia, influences on the series and more.

DARK CIRCLE COMICS DEBUTS CHILLING TRAILER TO THE BLACK HOOD #1

When Philadelphia police officer Greg Hettinger stepped into the middle of a gunfight, hot lead shredded his face—and he pulled the trigger, blind. Now Greg is waking up in a world where he’s a killer, hopelessly scarred and hooked on painkillers. What does a man do when he can no longer face the world, yet still wants to do good? He puts on a hood…

Check out the thrilling trailer to THE BLACK HOOD #1 and get ready for the gritty first issue by Duane Swierczynski & Michael Gaydos when it hits comic book stores this Wednesday, 2/25!

To find a comic book store near you, use the Comic Shop Locator Service or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK

DARK CIRCLE COMICS LAUNCHES AMBITIOUS DIGITAL LIBRARY FEATURING DEBUT OF IMPACT COMICS, RETURN OF THE NEW CRUSADERS

EmailBlast_DarkCircleToday, Dark Circle Comics – the genre-defying super hero imprint of Archie Comics – unveiled the first phase of a proactive digital rollout featuring many acclaimed titles starring key Dark Circle characters. The books – available digitally for the first time – include the hard-to-find Impact Comics titles and the best-selling Red Circle Comics books from the 1980s.

The expanded digital offerings will also herald the return of THE NEW CRUSADERS in a new one-shot reuniting the fan-favorite reimagining of the classic Dark Circle heroes. These classic titles, along with the new series coming from Dark Circle Comics including THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX, and THE SHIELD, will be available through all of Archie’s major digital partners, including iVerse, ComiXology, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google and more.

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Launching in the early 1990s, the Impact Comics imprint featured classic Red Circle characters such as The Black Hood, The Comet, The Shield, and included work by comic book luminaries such as Mark Waid, Tom Lyle, Mark Wheatley and more. THE BLACK HOOD was taken in exciting new directions by focusing on several different incarnations of the classic character under the guide of writer Mark Wheatley and Eisner-award winning artist Rick Burchett.

The 1980s Red Circle relaunch featured the classic characters getting a modern update foreshadowing the Dark Circle Comics relaunch in 2015. THE ORIGINAL SHIELD told new tales of Joe Higgins, an FBI agent with a secret identity as America’s fighting champion of justice. Selections from both Red Circle and Impact comics are available now digitally with more issues to be added periodically.

Launched in 2012 by fan favorite creators Ian Flynn and Ben Bates, The New Crusaders were a group of mostly teenage superheroes who teamed together to protect Impact City from threats such as The Brain Emperor and The Eraser. The New Crusaders will make their much-anticipated return in a digital exclusive NEW CRUSADERS – DARK TOMORROW SPECIAL. This digital-only one-shot picks up from the events of the NEW CRUSADERS – RISE OF THE HEROES series and moves the characters forward into the world of Dark Circle. Readers who are excited for more NEW CRUSADERS stories won’t want to miss this digital special!

 
The Dark Circle Comics library will continue to expand with the new ongoing series THE BLACK HOOD #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos on February 25th, followed by THE FOX by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, and THE SHIELD by Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, and David Williams in April!

The following titles will be available at launch on all the Dark Circle Comics digital platforms:

BLACK HOOD (Impact) #1-2
BLACK HOOD (Red Circle) #1-3
ORIGINAL SHIELD (Red Circle) #1-4

Additional titles will continue to be added spanning both the Impact and Red Circle publication histories alongside the new ongoing Dark Circle Comics series.

 

Available in March: 

New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Special
The New Crusaders return in this new Dark Circle Comics Special! Still reeling from the shocking death of their teammate during the events of New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes, the group has no time to rest as a new threat attacks Impact City. There’s no room for failure—the brutal Ragnarok claims to wield the power of a god, and has no problem sending the heroes home in bodybags. Can the New Crusaders pull themselves together and avert catastrophe? 

Explore the history of Dark Circle Comics on ComiXology!

Get Excited for BLACK HOOD #1: Interviews, Advance Reviews, and more!

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We’re just a few weeks away from the release of THE BLACK HOOD #1, the gritty crime thriller comic launching from DARK CIRCLE COMICS.

Check out all the creator interviews, previews, and reviews  as we move toward the release of BLACK HOOD #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos on February 25!

READ WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

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IGN
“Swierczynski and Gaydos craft a compelling character study and crime drama here”

COMICS BEAT
“Highly recommended for fans of crime comics and darker subject matter”

MULTIVERSITY COMICS
““THE BLACK HOOD” #1 is a strong start to what will hopefully be the next big thing for Archie Comics”

PANELS
“This is only one issue, sure, but so far I’m thinking THE BLACK HOOD is the real deal; lean, tough and noir-as-hell”

COMICOSITY
“A perfect start to a guaranteed modern classic, this book fulfills every expectation for what a brilliant first issue can be — coming in fast and furious and leaving on a last page high”

13TH DIMENSION
Archie‘s new gamble, Dark Circle Comics, pays immediate creative dividends” 

COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
“”THE BLACK HOOD” #1 is a thrilling start to a new publishing initiative, so far removed from any previous iteration of this concept”

COMIC VINE
“If this is any indication in what we can expect in future Dark Circle comics, we have a lot to look forward to”

NEWSARAMA
“There’s something magnetic about watching this character lose himself, bit by bit, until there’s nothing left. That’s the secret of THE BLACK HOOD. It’s not just a mask – it’s a reflection of the man underneath”

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Learn more about what writer Duane Swierczynski plans on bringing to the series, how the collaboration between Duane and artist Michael Gaydos takes place, and more in these extensive interviews:

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MULTIVERSITY COMICS

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Pre-Order BLACK HOOD #1 with your local comic book store today!

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NEW ONGOING SERIES from the brand new DARK CIRCLE imprint! “The Bullet’s Kiss – Part 1 of 5” When Philadelphia police officer Greg Hettinger stepped into the middle of a gunfight, hot lead shredded his face—and he pulled the trigger, blind. Now Greg is waking up in a world where he’s a killer, hopelessly scarred and hooked on painkillers. What does a man do when he can no longer face the world, yet still wants to do good? He puts on a hood…

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Michael Gaydos
Variant Covers: David Mack, Francesco Francavilla, Howard Chaykin, David Williams
On Sale Date: 2/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Pre-Order Black Hood #1 Today!

There’s still time to pre-order THE BLACK HOOD #1, the new genre-bending crime-noir comic book from best-selling crime novelist Duane Swierczynski and artist supreme Michael Gaydos!

Contact your local comic book store by Monday, February 2, and let them know you want THE BLACK HOOD #1 from Dark Circle Comics!

BLACK HOOD #1

“The Bullet’s Kiss – Part 1 of 5”

When Philadelphia police officer Greg Hettinger stepped into the middle of a gunfight, hot lead shredded his face—and he pulled the trigger, blind. Now Greg is waking up in a world where he’s a killer, hopelessly scarred and hooked on painkillers. What does a man do when he can no longer face the world, yet still wants to do good? He puts on a hood…

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Michael Gaydos
Variant Covers: David Mack, Francesco Francavilla, Howard Chaykin, David Williams
On Sale Date: 2/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.  

Use the order codes listed below to let them know which cover you want!

DEC141059 – BLACK HOOD #1 REG CVR (MR) – $3.99 – ON SALE 2/25
DEC141060 – BLACK HOOD #1 FRANCAVILLA VAR CVR (MR) – $3.99 – ON SALE 2/25
DEC141061 – BLACK HOOD #1 MACK VAR CVR (MR) – $3.99 – ON SALE 2/25
DEC141062 – BLACK HOOD #1 CHAYKIN VAR CVR (MR) – $3.99 – ON SALE 2/25
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DARK CIRCLE COMICS TO MAKE BLACK HOOD #1 RETURNABLE FOR RETAILERS, REVEALS FIRST INTERIOR PAGES BY SERIES ARTIST MICHAEL GAYDOS

BlackHood#1GaydosCoverDark Circle Comics is proud to reveal the first interior pages from THE BLACK HOOD #1 and announce that the first issue will be fully returnable for comic book retailers that order 5 or more copies.

Best selling crime novelist Duane Swierczynski and noir master Michael Gaydos will be exploring the dark and dangerous corners of both Philadelphia and the mind of Officer Gregory Hettinger, a hero cop whose brush with death takes him down a path that he could never have envisioned. THE BLACK HOOD is an intense look at a man whose struggles with anger, addiction, and self-destructive behavior redefine his position and outlook on life and what that means for the people of his city.

For more information, visit Comic Book Resources or Dark Circle Comics.

To find a comic book store near you, use the Comic Shop Locator Service or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

 

 

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Dark Circle Comics Launches in February with The Black Hood #1

Archie Comics is proud to debut the full line-up of covers for THE BLACK HOOD #1 coming in February from Dark Circle Comics.

Take a look at superstar artist Francesco Francavilla’s cover for issue #1 below:

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THE BLACK HOOD #1 is a gritty, crime, noir comic from the creative team of writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Michael Gaydos that redefines The Black Hood for a new generation of readers.

Issue #1 hits comic book shops on February 25. To find a comic book store near you, use the Comic Shop Locator service

Head over to Comic Book Resources to see the full line-up of covers and to find out more about THE BLACK HOOD and Dark Circle Comics.

Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura Unveils THE SHIELD Artist, New Artwork

DarkCircle_Poster_Side_BHot on the heels of the critically acclaimed series THE FOX – FREAK MAGNET, Dark Circle Comics is set to launch three new superhero titles in 2015.

Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura debuted new promotional artwork by Francesco Francavilla (AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE) for THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX, and THE SHIELD featuring the titular characters in one spectacular image.

Rising star artist David Williams will join the creative team of THE SHIELD, Chuck Wendig and Adam Christopher, and will be the regular series artist when it debuts in early 2015.

Harvey Award winning artist Jose Villarrubia joins Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid on THE FOX for “FOX HUNT,” the continuation of the story began in THE FOX – FREAK MAGNET.

DARK CIRCLE COMICS COMING IN 2015:

THE BLACK HOOD is a gritty, noir crime thriller written by Duane Swierczynski with artwork by Michael Gaydos presenting the Black Hood as an urban vigilante.

THE SHIELD features a new and different incarnation of the classic character in a superhero action-adventure story by Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, and David Williams.

THE FOX by Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid, and Jose Villarrubia, will follow the crazy and entertaining adventures of Paul Patton Jr in his attempts to fight crime in Impact City.

For more information on these announcements and for exclusive artwork, head over to Comic Book Resources and stay tuned to Dark Circle Comics on Twitter and Facebook during New York Comic Con 2014!

USA Today Spotlights The Fox: Freak Magnet Collection

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Coming this summer, the “Freak Magnet” saga returns as Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid’s The Fox is finally collected. USA Today spoke with Haspiel about both “Freak Magnet” and the upcoming “Fox Hunt” sequel. Along with the critically-acclaimed mini-series, the collection will also include J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Cavallaro’s “The Face of Hate” story featuring fellow Red Circle hero The Shield. Add in every awesome cover of the series, a foreword by Mike Allred and afterword by Haspiel, and you have the ultimate freak-tastic collection.

Stay tuned to RedCircleComics.com, Facebook and Twitter for the latest on the release of The Fox: Freak Magnet and The Fox: Fox Hunt.

CBR: Dean Haspiel Delivers A Finale For The Fox

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Get a series retrospective as series plotter and artist Dean Haspiel chats with Comic Book Resources on how the finale came to be, how the project changed his style and what’s to come for the titular hero.

Before the everyman hero backflips off into the sunset, CBR News spoke with Haspiel about the journey to date. Below, the cartoonist explains how the time-jumping, feature-folding finale came to be, what personal touches he’s brought to the Fox’s adventures, how collaborating with two writers has changed his own storytelling style and why he’ll be back for another Fox series in the not so distant future.

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