Issue picks up by immediately tying together the strands begun in the first issue as well as introducing several new ones to deepen the story. The book is shaping up to be very focused on our narrator Detective Riley, with minimal attention given to the member of Protectors, Inc directly. Just like the first issue the art is really the carrier of emotion in this book, there’s a fantastic panel of Detective Riley shielding his eyes from the sun and the shadow creates a perfect domino mask across his face, creating a deep sense of nostalgia and longing for his former life. Protectors Inc. is working with a level emotional subtlety that is refreshing to see in a superhero book.
Protectors Inc #2 is not a long book. The greatest downfall is that it feels like it’s over when it’s really just getting started. Though it ends of on a promise of excitement in the next issue (no spoilers) I couldn’t help but feel that some of what we saw could have tightened up to put a little of what they set up for #3 in this issue.
While not as good as issue one, issue two does push the story forward, if not as much as I would have liked. This is a series that will probably read better in trade since the writing and art are both solid it’s just being tripped up by not covering enough ground in each issue. Hopefully we’ll see the pace pick up in the next issue now that the world and conflict have been established. At the end of the day I’m not giving up the series, I’ll be picking up issue three and my fingers are crossed that things will really be moving by then.
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