According to USAToday.com, Archie Comics is taking their Red Circle comic characters and making them a little darker. Characters like The Shield, The Fox, Firefly and The Web will be relaunched next year under the banner of Dark Circle Comics.
We got a rumbling of that back in May from the retailer summit and Rich wrote it up with a nice brief history of the Red Circle Comics.
The new line will be edited by Alex Segura who also doubles as the company's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Publicity. He talked about the change from red to dark.
"Most comic fans know its history of being rebooted a handful of times in various places, most recently as an all-digital line in 2012. With Dark Circle, we want to not only break away from that, but also show fans, retailers and newcomers that this is a fresh start featuring recognizable names and icons with zero baggage. It starts here. You don't need to read anything else."
The new books will be done in 5-issue story arcs with breaks for trades. This announcement fits in with the company's move to produce more adult themed stories in line with the recent Life with Archie and Afterlife with Archie.
"These are not superhero comics for kids, nor are we trying to make everything-for-everyone comics. These books are on par, content-wise, with anything Image, DC or Marvel are putting out — hopefully better. We're not looking to be the 53rd book in (DC's) 'The New 52' or the 12th X-Menbook. Those guys do those books well. We're taking our inspiration from cable networks like HBO, AMC and FX — great, diverse programming featuring some iconic characters that have yet to see their most definitive stories told. That's what we want to do now."
Segura says he has a "dream team" of creators for the new series, but did not mention any specific names or titles. We will hear more about that during San Diego Comic Con and from the previous word we had, expect the new books to debut in November.