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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.

First Knife

Review: Protector #1

Protector #1

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Shadow of the Batgirl

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier (First Second) – A graphic novel that explores the first women in space. Entertaining and educational.

Criminal #12 (Image Comics) – It’s the end of the story arc but this series is so good it should be on your pulllist anyways. Criminal is a must for comic fans, especially those who enjoy crime/noir stories.

Ginseng Roots #3 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson’s autobiographical comic series about growing up around the ginseng industry. It’s very educational and also rather meta at times. Beautiful art and interesting narrative makes this series of the year material.

Hawkeye Freefall #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun picking up the banter and pacing of the previous Hawkeye series. The mystery of who the new Ronin is has us really intrigued.

Protector #1 (Image Comics) – A new sci-fi series that mixes Cona, Mad Max, and The Expanse and takes place in a far-future North America. A tribe must deal with an old-world demon.

Quantum and Woody #1 (Valiant) – The world’s worst superheroes are back and as always it’s chaotic, funny, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Ravencroft #1 (Marvel) – A piece of the bigger puzzle Marvel is putting together. Ravencroft is re-opened and where this goes and where this leads has us scratching our heads.

Shadow of the Batgirl (DC Comics) – DC has been killing it with their graphic novels for young readers. Batgirl is missing and Cassandra Cain attempts to take on the heroic mantle.

Around the Tubes

John Constantine: Hellblazer #3

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Kodansha USA Names New CEO/President, CCO, Publisher, Senior Marketing Director – Congrats to all!

Newsarama – Rosario Dawson Nabs Lead Role for HBO Max’s DMZ – Report – Interesting casting.

The Beat – Report: JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot working on a series of Justice League Dark films and tv shows – This has been worked on forever. We’ll believe it when we see it.

The Beat – Annie Koyama announces Koyama Press Provides grant program – Great idea.


Newsarama – Batman #87
The Beat – Best of 2000 AD #1
Comics Bulletin – John Constantine: Hellblazer #3
Comics Bulletin – Protector #1

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.

Protector #1