Debuting from Centaur Comics in Feature Comics #21, 1936, the Clock,
eventually revealed to be society man and former district attorney Brian
O’Brien, wore a three-piece suit, a fedora, and a black full-face mask.
The first masked hero of comics dealt with crime using guile and gun
and usually left a calling card that bore an image of a clock and the
words “The Clock Has Struck.”
Ben Dilworth steps in to fill in the gaps about what MADE the Clock
-plus a revelation: what happened to O’Brien’s look-alike and crime
busting companion Pug?
Prepare for violence, harsh language and to ask the question: can there ever really be justice from the barrel of a gun?
I need to point out I have only seen a pdf of the first book so
this is NOT a review. Sadly, I can’t get copies of Red Circle books in
Bristol (and, yes, I have looked on the internet!):
Acclaimed super hero comic book series prepares for second arc and new #1.
York, NY – Red Circle Comics, the super hero imprint of comic publisher
Archie Comics, is proud to launch the second arc of the groundbreaking New Crusaders series: Dark Tomorrow.New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes saw the revival of the Red Circle heroes and a fresh, exciting take on the classic franchise.
Beginning this May, the New Crusaders continue their triumphant return with New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow following their fiercest battle to date with the shocking conclusion to New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes. The digital first series successfully made the transition to print this summer and continues to build on its timeless legacy.
“This new series will introduce some new characters to the team,
and some familiar faces to the Red Circle universe will be back,” teases
Red Circle Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski. “Dark Tomorrow will
take our kids back to high school, where they begin to juggle their
super hero identities with the normal trials of high school life. The
6-issue limited series format will allow us to pace out the long-form
story just as writer Ian Flynn has crafted it over time, and that story
“New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow is a fantastic first issue!”
exclaims Red Circle Comics President Mike Pellerito. “Not only is it
filled with suspense, mystery and intrigue, but it’s not a dream or an
imaginary tale. Dark Tomorrow is a tale only the radical Red
Circle would attempt! Plus, it’s still only $2.99! But in all
seriousness, we couldn’t be more excited for this story to kick off and
take our readers on a new journey with these characters we’ve all grown
to love with a passion.”
The innovative flagship title for Red Circle Comics will now offer
fans day-and-date releases of the issues either in print from their
local comic shop or digitally on the Red Circle App. In addition to the
ongoing storyline, The Lost Crusade stories will continue to
explore the histories of the original Mighty Crusaders, filling in the
gaps between the classic series up to now and featuring some of today’s
New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow #1features the continued talents of writer Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man) and artist Alitha Martinez (Iron Man, Batgirl) with cover art by superstar artist Phil Jimenez (JLA, Infinite Crisis) and variant cover art by original New Crusaders artist Ben Bates.