After a long break, Protectors, Inc. has returned. It’s been a rather slow paced series, often not advancing much per issue. However, its mystery and story so far have been rather intriguing and very engaging. Now that the series has returned, what will be happening next for our detective hero? Is it good?
Protectors, Inc. #7 (Image Comics)
Detective John Riley is taken to Huntsman’s secret blimp home in the sky by Angel, member of Protectors Inc. and woman who he is seriously crushing on. Riley is hoping to find information about why exactly Huntsman was killed there, but apparently, he wasn’t the only person who showed up looking for something. Someone’s trashed the place and smashed up the former hero’s office, but why?
Ah dammit! She did it again! She really needs to remember where she left that jet-pack.
I recently bought the trade paperback of the entire run up until now and read through it to prepare for this issue. Admittedly, it does read a lot better in the trades and flows relatively well when you read all the issues at once. However, you can still tell when the comic is being very slow going. I bring this up because I have to say, this new issue feels a lot better in this department.
This issue on its own feels like the story accomplished a lot and we as an audience learned just as much. I can’t spoil anything, but we do get to learn more about how the powers actually work and get some more interesting developments in the mystery. It’s genuinely good stuff and offers up hope that the story will pick up the pace as time goes on. Also good are Detective Riley and Angel. They have a good chemistry with how they work with each other and confide in one another. There are some good, rather intelligent and human moments that really make them feel more real in a sense. Add in some decent dialogue and narration, along with a solid ending (frankly, add this issue to the last volume and it feels like a better way to end the last arc) and this was a rather enjoyable return story and character wise.
That office chair, of course! It still looks in decent condition and I could really use a new one.
In regards to the artwork, it’s pretty much the same level of quality that you would come to expect from this book. It’s perfectly fine and gets the job done well (there are even nice subtle things you might not automatically notice), but that’s pretty much it. It’s just kind of average looking, with okay looking characters, coloring, backgrounds and settings, and layouts. Nothing much here that’ll jump out at you honestly, which is probably the weakest thing about this comic.
Is It Good?
Protectors, Inc.‘s new arc starts off on the right foot, fixing problems it was suffering from. The story felt stronger, with more things happening and more exploration of the mythos, the characters are developing more and becoming likeable, and the mystery continues to deepen and grow more intriguing. Artwork is alright, but nothing more. Still, I have more confidence in Protectors than before and I really look forward to what the future holds for this series.