When Archie's Dark Circle imprint relaunched The Shield back in October, it did it with a pretty interesting premise. Victoria Adams is the Shield, and in a twist playing off the Shield's status as the first "patriotic" hero in comics, her career fighting for the United States of America goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, she's got a touch of the amnesia, and is being hunted by her enemies.

But aside from the story, it also brought a great new design for the character, and when the second issue finally drops on February 17, some of our all-time favorite artists are going to be taking a shot at it, including "The Dude" Steve Rude and Evan "Doc" Shaner,  along with the nicknameless Wilfredo Torres and David Williams. Check it out, along with a preview of the issue, below!

 

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As for what's going down in the issue, here's what Archie's press release had to offer:

As Victoria Adams finds herself on the run in present day Washington D.C., dark secrets are revealed about her origins tied to the birth of the United States! With her memories gone and facing attacks from all sides, just whose side is THE SHIELD really on? Writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig connect with artists Drew Johnson, Ray Snyder, Al Barrionuevo, colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick and letterer Rachel Deering to bring the next thrilling issue of THE SHIELD to life!

Promising further reveals as to the mystery of The Shield's origin, co-writer Adam Christopher explained, “With issue 2 we not only reveal another slice of the Shield’s 1776 origin, but we find out a little more about the factions who have been waiting for her arrival today - and the Shield has a big decision to make."

Co-writer Chuck Wendig says THE SHIELD #2, “goes a little deeper both into The Shield herself, and the Secret History of the United States — a secret history whose origins are tied explicitly to the Shield’s own beginning.”

 

The Shield #2 will be released on February 17, with a cover price of $3.99.