Project Patron #1
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Project Patron #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Patrick Piazzalunga Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as THE PATRON, a hero sent as humanitarian aid from a different dimension, went punch for punch with WOE, a primordial beast and a perfect match for our mighty protector. In the end, hero and villain alike fell...but the Patron returned - and continues to defend us to this day!
At least, that's what we've all been told.
The truth is, the Patron died that day along with Woe. The UN replaced the Patron with a Reploid, designed to mimic the real Patron and continue on his mission of protection.
Today, the Patron Reploid is secretly piloted by an elite team - a team prepared for anything more

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 8, 2021

    Orlando writes a great script. It takes a lot of things that we have seen before in modern culture and sort of slams them together. The artwork here by Peter Piazzalunga is absolutely fantastic. This guy is great and the artwork is out of this world. I expect great things from his career, judging by this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 7, 2021

    With Project - Patron #1 the new book from Steve Orlando, Patrick Piazzalunga, and co. one can easily see this becoming the best updated compliment to one of DCs classic stories, Death of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 8, 2021

    If you're going to launch a superhero comic these days, you have to have a lot of really strong elements to it that make it work. Steve Orlando and Patrick Piazzalunga have all the right fixings here and have put together a fantastic start. While there are certainly familiar pieces to it that any longtime reader can see with ease, it's the execution and the details, the trappings of the world, that elevate it. There's a lot that can be explored here in so many ways that it really is limitless and I'm excited to see which direction that the team goes with it. The opening is one of the strongest ones I've read for a first issue of a superhero book in quite some time and I've got my fingers cross that they can deliver on it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Justin Harrison Apr 7, 2021

    Project: Patron is an excellent comic book. I'm excited to follow it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comic Watch - James Remolde Apr 15, 2021

    This story is great, it is a definite change to the status qo of superhero storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 7, 2021

    The final pages throw a shocking twist into the proceedings, effortlessly answering my question about how Orlando and co. could spin a whole series out of this premise, and making my picking up of the second issue an absolute certainty. A powerful opening then for a series which injects new life into a familiar trope and puts an intriguing, smoke-and-mirror slant on the worlds greatest superhero. Definitely one to look out for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Apr 7, 2021

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue, and you can count me for checking out the next story. Orlando, as the characters creator, has found a twist in the superheroes genre, and its bloody refreshing. The Patron is the beacon of light in a world that relies heavily upon him, and the bulb is about to go POP. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Apr 7, 2021

    Steve Orlando and Patrick Piazzalunga have a hit on their hands here, blending the concept of "The Death of Superman" with "Mobile Suit Gundam," creating an immersive first issue that hits all the right beats. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - James Caudill Apr 7, 2021

    I am completely blown away by this book. At first, I was just thinking, okay this is just another Superman rip off and I’ve seen hundreds of those...but then...all of a sudden...it wasn’t. Project Patron is it’s own new, totally unique, take on a superhero story. I for one was very pleased with this book and can’t wait to read the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Apr 12, 2021

    "Project Patron" #1 is a lot of promise and very little fulfillment Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Brion Salazar Apr 7, 2021

    A confusing introduction that left me underwhelmed.

    At first I was hopeful opening the cover of this book. I was impressed with the art style, a subtle retro look that went well with the classic death of a Super Hero opening. As I dug further into the issue, I was intrigued by the concept. Unfortunately the dialogue was so stiff and unrealistic that I wasn't able to remain interested long enough to finish.

    I do not know if what intentional on Orlando's part to make his characters all sound so similar in tone. Possibly he was trying to continue the homage to a long-gone era of comics. Whatever the case it did not work. Sounding more like individual monologues rather than actual human conversations, the result was a con more

  • 9.0
    tonpas1989 Apr 8, 2021

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    Boudi Apr 9, 2021

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