Protectors, Inc. #1 (Image)


Rating: 2.5/5 – All new story that feels like I’ve read it before.

This is the latest offering from the “Joe’s Comics” imprint at Image created by J. Michael Straczynski (others so far include Ten Grand and Sidekick).  As a story it was fine but it really felt to me like something I’d read before, from the seeming origin of the super powers to the uninspired costume designs to the “brief history of heroes from WWII until today”.

I’m not saying this is an intrinsically bad comic, just that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.  I’ve read a LOT of comics and this read like a retread, you may react differently dependent on your reading history.  I know what JMS is going for here: Tell a super-hero story using the familiar archetypes but do some things a little bit off kilter that you’d never get away with using someone else’s heroes (e.g., at Marvel/DC).  He’s doing a similar but different super-hero riff over in Sidekick.  He did it years ago in Rising Stars, and he did it at Marvel with The Twelve.

Nothing here was different or compelling enough to get me to continue with the series past this first issue.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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