The Crusades
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Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date June 2001 – December 2002
Number of issues 21 (Urban Decree one-shot, Crusades #1-20)
Creative team
Writer(s) Steven T. Seagle
Penciller(s) Kelley Jones
Creator(s) Steven T. Seagle
Kelley Jones
Collected editions
Volume 1: The Knight ISBN 978-1-60706-288-2

The Crusades is an American comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. It was created by writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Kelley Jones.

Publication history

The series comprises a one-shot special entitled The Crusades: Urban Decree (which introduced the characters and premise) and an ongoing series, simply titled The Crusades which ran in comics cover dated between June 2001 and December 2002.


The series was set in a fictionalised San Francisco and featured a large cast of characters whose lives are thrown into disarray by the sudden appearance of a murderous 11th Century Knight in the city. Main Characters included Anton Marx, a leftwing political radio "shock jock", his fact checker girlfriend Venus Kostopikas, her friend Detective Addas Petronas and the rival gangsters Tony Quetone and "the Pope".

Collected editions

Image Comics is releasing the series in two hardcovers:[1]

  • Volume 1: The Knight (256 pages, Image Comics, August 2010, ISBN 978-1-60706-288-2) reprinting The Crusades: Urban Decree and The Crusades #1-9



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