THE SHIELD #1 is out today from Dark Circle Comics!

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, today’s the day – on the shelves of your favourite comic store, and available digitally on ComiXology, is the debut issue of The Shield, out from Dark Circle Comics, the superhero imprint of Archie Comics.

It’s not only the debut of this particular version of the Golden Age superhero, but it’s my comic debut as well – not to mention that of my co-writer, Chuck Wendig (New York Times bestselling author, doncha know?). With art by Drew Johnson, colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letters by Rachel Deering, I think this first issue is something we’re all proud of, and I hope you dig it. Alex Segura is our masterful editor, and you’ll also find an essay by SFF author Myke Cole in the back!

If you want more of a low-down on The Shield, you can check out some recent interviews with me, Chuck and Drew at The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. Also, the first issue has had some great early reviews, which you can read here, here, and here, and it also makes a couple of recommended lists, here and here.

And finally, thanks to my local comic book shop, I was able to head down as soon as the doors opened to not only see an entire shelf devoted to The Shield


…but to sign my very first comic! Ever!


I’m not sure that will ever get old.

And if you want to pick up a copy signed by me, The Comic Book Shop will be happy to help – just drop them a line at their Facebook page, and tell them I sent you. They have stock of all the variant covers, and can ship worldwide.

Also, if you’re within range of Big Red Comics in Orange, California, artist Drew Johnson will be appearing there today from 3-8pm, signing copies of The Shield and his creator-owned project from Dark Horse, Midnight Society. Word is he’s also doing sketches and will have prints for sale.

And finally, I’m going to be in the US in November… and there will be a very special joint event with me and Chuck, thanks to Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics. If you’re in or around New York City on Tuesday, November 3rd, keep that date free… more info on that coming shortly!

  • Nuts! I’m within 2.5 hours of Big Red Comics, but won’t get out of work till 6:30. Oh well. Great job on getting this out in any event! Can’t wait to see it on Friday!