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Protocol: Orphans #1

Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Art by Mariano Navarro
Colors by Gabriel Cassata
Review by Mike Duke

I would like to lead off with this: Boom Studios has been doing some really great creator-owned titles in the last few months. Six-Gun GorillaSuicide Risk, and Imagine Agents are just a small handful of the cool stuff they’ve got going on over there. It makes me very happy to see a comic company that’s mostly known for licensed products branch-out into original work. I’m happy to say that Protocol: Orphans is another step in the right direction. Protocol_Orphans_CVR

The story is something of a cross between The Umbrella Academy and a Jason Bourne movie. This issue doesn’t provide a ton of back story, so the history of the Orphans and exactly how they got here is still something of a mystery. However, what the issue does have, in spades, is action. The Orphans work in teams to try to locate and stop a bomb that threatens thousands of lives. As the plot unfolds, we get some short flashbacks into the childhoods of these people as they are forced to hack computer code before they die from poison gas or solve a puzzle before a puppy dies. It’s all quite twisted, and the Orphans all have a kind of arrested development as they call their leader Dad and argue amongst themselves. The story ends on a nice twist that will lead the rest of the series forward nicely.

Mariano Navarro’s art is perfect for this story as his faces are all very well defined and distinct. Since there are about seven characters to track in the issue–and that’s just the Orphans–it’s important that all of the characters are easy to pick out at a glance.

Verdict

Buy it. Protocol: Orphans is only a four issue mini-series, but I think it’s going to be a great read all the way through. This is a solid spy/thriller with lots of action and a good dollop of mystery, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

About The Author

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Mike is a husband, father, writer, gamer, and all around geek. His life’s ambition is to write the fictions, either in film, books, or comics. He is currently working on a couple of comics with artists local to his home in Denver, Colorado, which will be available in 2014. He loves all kinds of games–card, board, video, etc. (including the ones you don’t usually tell your friends you like.) He’s been collecting and reading comics since he was a youngster with some gaps to accommodate for things like kids and no money. His favorite stories include anything 2099, Elseworlds-like superhero arcs, and vintage 90′s Vertigo and Image. When he’s not posting reviews on Talking Comic Books, he’s also not posting his writing on his writing blog, or not writing his comic book, etc.

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