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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: 2
7.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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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
    ComicBook.com - 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
    Rogues Portal - 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

  • 6.5
    Alloy Press Jan 30, 2020

    I saw the cover of this Comic and was like shit I gotta give this a read. Im not mad I did but I will not be picking up the next issue. The art in this story was so refreshing its loose and real. I loved it. The story felt like something you kind of expect from an Indie Title. I just felt like I had read this story 100 times. Characters did not speak to me or feel unique other than the way they were decorated by the artist. Overall slightly below average story with good artwork that still just isn't enough to keep me coming back.

  • 9.5
    Joe_Comics Jan 30, 2020

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