Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as THE PATRON, a hero sent as humanitarian aid from a different dimension, went punch for punch with WOE, a primordial beast and a perfect match for our mighty protector. In the end, hero and villain alike fell…but the Patron returned – and continues to defend us to this day! At least, that’s what we’ve all been told. The truth is, the Patron died that day along with Woe. The UN replaced the Patron with a Reploid, designed to mimic the real Patron and continue on his mission of protection. Today, the Patron Reploid is secretly piloted by an elite team – a team prepared for anything… except for the death of one of their own.
Author Steve Orlando and artist Patrick Piazzalunga bring to us, Project Patron. Project Patron is one of these comics that I stumbled upon by accident but instantly got hooked from reading the description. The superhero defends the earth until his last breath only to seemingly come back but in reality, he is reincarnated using a robot by the UN that is running a secret project called Project Patron to defend those who the real superhero gave his life to defend.
Here's the deal though, the description of the series is basically one of the few good things with this comic book. Unfortunately, the story didn't really manage to capture my attention. Even though there is a very small sense of mystery hanging in the air while you meet the team behind Project Patron the story is mediocre at best. Having said that, I will wait for the second issue to come out in order to make a final decision for if I am going to subscribe to this series or end it there.
Having said that not everything is mediocre with this book. The art is what took me by surprise. Patrick Piazzalunga has definitely made this comic stand out. I have to say that I spend a considerable amount of time afterward trying to find previous work and ended up just jaw-dropping at his portfolio. Along with coloring by Carlos Lopez, this has been one of my favorite surprises in quite a while.
Till the second issue,