Bestselling writer Simon Roy (Prophet) and Sideways Award-winning author Daniel M. Bensen (Junction) team up with artists Artyom Trakhanov (Turncoat), Jason Wordie (God Country), and Hassan Otsmane-elhaou (Red Sonja) for the forthcoming series Protector. This all-new science-fiction adventure will launch from Image Comics in January 2020. While not much is currently known about the series, the creators have described Protector as “Conan the Barbarian meets Mad Max”. There’s a lot to dissect from the cover, which vaguely reminds me of that old Avatar cartoon with the songbird from Bioshock: Infinite thrown in for good measure:
Equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse, Protector is set in far-future North America. Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins, 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.
What do you think? I’m leary to pass any sort of judgment yet as so little has been released about Protector, but I’ve enjoyed several Image properties in the past, so here’s hoping this one does the brand proud. Protector #1 will be available in stores on January 29th and will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.