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Protector is Now First Knife as it’s collected in October

The fan favorite science fiction/action series Protector by writers Simon Roy and Sideways Award-winning author Daniel M. Bensen team up with artists Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, and Hassan Otsmane-elhaou will be collected into trade paperback with a sharp new title—First Knife—from Image Comics this October.

First Knife is an environmental sci-fi adventure that’s equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Nausicaä, and Zardoz. In the hot ruins of far-future North America, a slave stumbles across an ancient and bloody power. A conqueror bargains with godlike beings. A soldier tries to bring back his lost world. As the full moon approaches, the remaining humans of Earth find themselves standing between the forces that once nearly destroyed it. A post-apocalyptic, yet hopeful story, First Knife will collect issues #1-5 of the Protector series. 

First Knife trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL200063, ISBN 9781534316423) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 13. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore via Bookshop or IndieBound, or it can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

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Review: Protector #1

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Protector #1 kicks of a new series and world that’s 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.

Protector #1 introduces us to a post-apocalyptic America, that is equal parts fantasy and science fiction. Following the accidental awakening of a machine by a slave-girl and Yanqui Priestess. The Devas manage to warn the Hudsoni war chief of the destruction that is to come. Will they manage to stop this dangerous remanent of a world that no longer exists?

Writers Simon Roy and Daniel Bensen deliver a reading experience that feels like a graphic introduction to a fantastical roleplaying world. It teases out the narrative with hints as to what was. It relies on the reader to piece together what’s going on and the current world. This roleplaying game feel is enhanced by back material explaining the world, maps included.

The artwork simultaneously captures the beauty of a post-apocalyptic landscape and the rise of new civilizations. It shows off how humanity has endured, even if they only show one brief glimpse of Sussem Ri. Artyon Trakhanov‘s art reveals glimpses of the past, not just by the details of scenes but the details of how the characters dress. The colors of Jason Wordies deliver a palette that’s both post-apocalyptic and grounded in nature with browns and greens.

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.

Story: Simon Roy, Daniel Bensen Art: Artyom Trakhanov
Color: Jason Wordie Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Protector is Conan Meets Mad Max and out in January 2020

Bestselling writer Simon Roy and Sideways Award-winning author Daniel M. Bensen team up with artists Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, and Hassan Otsmane-elhaou for the forthcoming series Protector. This all-new science-fiction adventure will launch from Image Comics in January 2020.

Equal parts Conan the BarbarianMad Max, and The ExpanseProtector 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.

Protector #1 (Diamond Code NOV190012) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 29.

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Preview: M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand: Riding V.E.N.O.M.’s Trail

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand: Riding V.E.N.O.M.’s Trail

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas, Juan Samu, Drew Moss, Andrew Griffith (a) • Artyom Trakhanov (c)

M.A.S.K.: the special ops team that streaks into the dangerous landscape of dark wars, high intrigue, and non-stop action to stop the impossible threat of Miles Mayhem and his black ops squadron, V.E.N.O.M.

An untested Matt Trakker must lead M.A.S.K. through a complex new world order where nothing is as it seems! Plus, the origin of V.E.N.O.M.! Trakker goes on a solo mission to identify new recruits and, along the way, he crosses paths with Dr. Mindbender, who instructs him on the art of leadership and manipulation. Collects the M.A.S.K. Revolution one-shot, all 10 issues of the series, and the 2017 Annual.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 296 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-341-4

Preview: Brigands: Ruin of Thieves #1

BRIGANDS: RUIN OF THIEVES #1

Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Sumit Kumar, ROSH
Cover Artist(s): Sumit Kumar (Cover A), Artyom Trakhanov (Cover B), Anand Radhakrishnan (Cover C)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

The Myros Comet passes overhead, setting the night ablaze, a spark to a tinderbox of political forces vying for its power. As the first flames of conflict begin to lick at their heels, our heroes, led by the infamous Stilian ‘Blackheart’ Desault, find themselves on the smuggler’s isle of Rekik. And, for all their efforts at keeping their heads low, trouble seems to have a knack of tightening the noose around their necks.

Preview: The Shadow/Batman #2

The Shadow/Batman #2

writer: Steve Orlando
artist: Giovanni Timpano
covers: Tony Daniel (A), Brandon Peterson (B), Artyom Trakhanov (C), Philip Tan (D), Giovanni Timpano (E-Sub)
Philip Tan (RI-B/W), Tony Daniel (RI-BVirgin), Artyom Trakhanov (RI-Virgin), Brandon Peterson (RI-B/W), Tony Daniel (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The truth of what the Shadow doesn’t know threatens to destroy his partnership with Batman and Robin just when they need him the most. Three generations of heroes stand at a crossroads as the secret of the Silent Seven threatens to encompass and obliterate them all. To fight the Seven, Batman and the Shadow must force them to reveal themselves. But how do men make moves against a behemoth evil that measures assaults in centuries?

Preview: Paknadel & Trakhanov’s Turncoat SC

Paknadel & Trakhanov’s Turncoat SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Artyom Trakhanov
Cover Artist: Artyom Trakhanov
Price: $19.99
Synopsis:

  • Written by Alex Paknadel (Arcadia, Assassin’s Creed) and illustrated by Artyom Trakhanov (Undertow, American Vampire), Paknadel & Trakhanov’s Turncoat is a gripping exploration of the sociopolitical ramifications of occupation in a post-war civilization where the transition from oppression to emancipation is anything but clean.
  • It’s been three hundred years since humanity was brutally subjugated by the alien race known as Management—and two years since these invaders abandoned Earth to return to their home world.
  • Following her participation in the brutal massacre that caused Management’s withdrawal, resistance fighter Marta Gonzalez is riddled with guilt. Rather than join the new human government, she starts her own private detective agency.
  • When a missing persons case lands on her desk, Gonzalez is forced to confront her own bloody past as she delves into the seedy underworld that’s bloomed after the alien departure.
  • Collects the complete limited series.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Hendry Prasetya
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Morph Incentive Cover 1: Goñi Montes
Incentive Cover 2: Ricardo Bessa
Unlockable Action Figure Variant: Telmos Santos
Unlockable Villain Variant: Artyom Trakhanov
Price: $3.99

Billy and Tommy are left powerless and trapped in a strange new world. Jason and the rest of the team must do all they can to track down their missing friends and bring Zordon back.

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Preview: Kong of Skull Island #6

Kong of Skull Island #6

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Asmus
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nick Robles
Incentive Cover: Artyom Trakhanov
Price: $3.99

The two queens will fight to ensure domain over their new civilizations, while the Kongs must tear down the monstrous king of the island.

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Preview: Namesake #1 (of 4)

Namesake #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jakub Rebelka
Incentive Cover: Artyom Trakhanov
Price: $3.99

Steve Orlando (Supergirl: Rebirth, Midnighter) brings us his only original series of 2016, a gripping story about the nature of identity.

Once every seven years, Earth overlaps with Ektae, a world where alchemy is not pseudo-science but the driving force of industry. For seven days, Ektae breaches our world, bringing dirty magic and ideas.

Jordan Molossus was born of Earth and Ektae and abandoned by both, but when he receives two cast iron urns containing his estranged fathers’ ashes, he’ll leave everything behind to put his parents to rest before Ektae disappears for another seven years.

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