In the newest series from Hound Comics, an indie comic publisher out of New York, creator Chris R. Notarile plans to bring back a great deal of that same classic sense of truth, honor and justice. His new book, The Protector, is actually based on a concept he originally brought to life as a short film. And its titular hero, mild mannered insurance investigator Allen Adams, has all the larger than life qualities that one might expect from a loving homage to those bygone days of comic book glory.
The Protector starts at the very beginning of our heroes journey. It’s his first day on the job as a costumed hero, and everyone who takes in the sight of his staggering abilities is left slack-jawed and amazed. No one knows who he is, and even the most common of super-feats is met with looks of wide-eyed fear and amazement. You know right off the bat that Republic City, Allen Adams’ adopted home, has never seen anything quite like The Protector.
You might be understandably confused when you see the credits on this book, because the names of the writer/creator Chris R. Notarile, and the artist Chris Notarile, are so damned similar. But the reason for this is quite simple. They’re related. Father and son have teamed up to form their own sort of dynamic duo, and combine their considerable talents to make this new hero come to life.
Chris R. Notarile, the son in this particular father/son equation, is a successful independent filmmaker with a passion for comic books and the heroes that populate them. He’s become well known in certain circles for not only his fan films, but also for his more mainstream efforts as well. In fact, I reviewed one of his horror film productions quite awhile back; a well executed homage to the Halloween films called Methodic. You can check out that article here:
Chris Notarile (without the “R” this time) is the elder half of this effort, and brings 40 years of experience as a commercial artist to the table. And while the majority of his career has taken place in the mainstream arenas of wide-circulation magazines, TV Guide, and countless advertising contracts, he also spent a period of time as a freelancer for Marvel Comics while attending design school in his youth.
The writing is also well-executed, and does a bang up job of bringing The Protector to life, not only as a hero and symbol, but also as a human being who chooses to don a cape and costume to help his fellow man. There’s an especially telling scene in which Allen Adams talks to his mother and father on the phone. He’s opening a parcel with a pair of scissors and answering, “Yes, Mom. I just got it.” He then lifts a hand-sewn costume from the box and takes a look at it for the first time. “What do you think?” his mother asks. And Allen just smiles before commenting, “It’s perfect. You really outdid yourself. Thank you so much.”
Allen’s father then comes on the line and wishes him good luck. He also reminds his son to remember everything they taught him, and gives him a final word of encouragement before ending the call, “Go get ‘em!”
This is definitely a book you guys will want to check out. The cover price is a little steep at $5.00, but you can tell the book is printed on some really nice quality paper, and the whole thing looks beautiful, so I’m sure it’s worth the price of admission.
Writer: Chris R. Notarile (Blinky Productions)
Pencils: Chris Notarile (Outlines, Inc.)
Publisher: Hound Comics
8.5 out of 10