Protector #1

Writer: Simon Roy, Daniel M. Bensen Artist: Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 29, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! From SIMON ROY (Prophet), Sideways Award-winning author DANIEL M. BENSEN (Junction), ARTYOM TRAKHANOV (UNDERTOW), JASON WORDIE (GOD COUNTRY), and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Red Sonja) comes a sci-fi adventure equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse.
Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Jan 29, 2020

    Together, the stories of Mari and First Knife define a world that blends the desperation and lost promise of Mad Max with the engrossing world of feudal Japan depicted so well in Kurosawa films. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jan 29, 2020

    The first issue is focused on world-building. It challenges the reader to fill in gaps and surmise what's going on not just through dialogue but the hints peppered throughout the art. It's a start that has us wanting more than just a comic but something we can explore ourselves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mike Nickells Jan 22, 2020

    This book has an interesting international creative team starting off with two writers working together on the story. Simon Roy is a Canadian writer known for his work on Prophet with Image. While Daniel Benson is a novelist who wrote Junction and has won a Sideways award for his short story Treasure Fleet. Benson resides in Sofia, Bulgaria. Artyom Trakhanov is a Russian artist who has worked on 7 Deadly Sins for TKO and Undertow for Image among other books. Canadian colorist, Jason Wordie, who has worked on God Country. Along with letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou of Red Sonja fame. The amazing cover art was created by James Stokoe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jan 30, 2020

    A visually stunning and complexly layered debut, "Protector" #1 is undoubtedly worth your investment. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 7, 2020

    All in all, it's a pretty decent book that is very different from your run of the mill post apocalyptic story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Jarred A. Lujn Jan 28, 2020

    I think the premise of this book and the well-constructed art team is enough to earn a second issue pick up from me, but I certainly would have liked to know more about who our story is following from the outset. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jan 29, 2020

    Protector begins with a technological war machine from ages past released on a primitive population. This will not end well. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jan 28, 2020

    Protector #1 introduces readers to an interesting world but stumbles when it comes to pacing and interesting characters. Readers should expect some fantastic world-building and a story that doesn't hold the reader's hand. This could be a great miniseries, but the first issue doesn't do enough to hook. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 31, 2020

    A solid debut, but it's one that will live and die based on whether people are here for the art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Rashaad Jan 22, 2020

    The Protector #1 will be available on January 29th, you can pick it up at your local comic book store or online through ComiXology using our affiliate link. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jan 29, 2020

    In the grim realm of post-apocalyptic life, creators can delve into really fascinating social commentary and unleash the gritty part of their imaginations. So it's a shame that with such a storied history to the sub-genre, Protector #1 fails to make much of an impact. Characters lack depth, the worldbuilding is derivative, and the art only makes things more confusing. Read Full Review

  • 2.4
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Jan 29, 2020

    Protector sets its ambitions high with its detailed world-building and equally detailed art, but ultimately, it sacrifices character development and a compelling narrative along the way. Read Full Review

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