Protectors, Inc. #1

5 Overall Score
Art: 4/10
Dialogue: 6/10
Story: 5/10

The brand new series is penned by the amazing J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 and The Amazing Spider-Man fame, with art by Gordon Purcell.

The dialogue isn’t up to par with what you usually expect from a gifted writer, and the art is wanting.

Protectors, Inc. #1
Straczynski, Purcell, Atiyeh
Image Comics
2013

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, another installment of the “Both Barrels Comic Book Review” is now being called to order. This installment features a new book from Image Comics: Protectors, Inc. #1. The brand new series is penned by the amazing J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 and The Amazing Spider-Man fame, with art by Gordon Purcell. The story picks up with a background overview of the universe the tale takes place in, where during WW2, a U.S. soldier is hit by an as-yet unexplained light, granting him super powers, and the ability to win the war. Afterwards, more supers pop up, only in America, and while they fight for truth, justice, and the American way, there are no supervillains to thwart.

The story is engaging and interesting, if you’ve never read The Boys. In fact, from this one issue, it seems like Mr. Straczynski is attempting to make a carbon copy remake, without the grittiness of Garth Ennis’ series. Like most carbon copies, it appears to go with the “similar, but this one part is different” approach, which I find sad and lackluster for such a talented writer.

The dialogue isn’t up to par with what you usually expect from a gifted writer, and the art is wanting. The coloring bleeds, the shading is off, and the drawing itself is just…well, weak. As a fan of hand drawn panels as opposed to the dominant computer generated art so prevalent in today’s comics, I have to say, disappointment pervades. Still, it’s not the worst book I’ve had the unfortunate task of reviewing.

I just think it could have been better. It’s a monthly, so like with most new books that don’t suck balls right out of the gate (I’m looking at you, Liberator and Survivorman), I’ll give it another issue before I pass permanent judgment. Still, a very flimsy offering from what should have been a better book.

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