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The Protectors
The Protectors

The Protectors

Volume 1

Created by Israel Idonije, By Ron Marz, Illustrated by Bart Sears



136 Pages, 6.5 x 10.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: October 2018

ISBN 9781946687609

Rights: US & CA

ATHLiTACOMiCS (Oct 2018)

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Superstars ... or superheroes? This series is the first creation by former NFL defensive lineman and lifelong comic fan Israel Idonije. The diverse Protectors include football's Isaac Chike, baseball's Miguel Montiero, basketball's Douglass Larter, soccer's Danielle Peters and hockey's Gerard Rioux, who are all stars in their respective sports. Each is blessed with a genetic spark that, when fully activated, will give them incredible abilities, as well as awesome responsibilities. They will learn that mankind is threatened by powerful adversaries called the Dissenters, who have come from their extra-dimensional home and taken positions of power through religion, politics and the media. The Dissenters plan to dominate the Earth and enslave mankind. Only the Protectors stand in their way. The initial six-issue mini-series introduces the characters, concepts and conflicts, recounting the origin of the Protectors, as well as their first major battle with the forces of the Dissenters. Each of the Protectors must choose between their lives of athletic stardom, and the great responsibilities placed before them. They must join the fight against those who would enslave us.

Author Biography

Israel Idonije is a former NFL player who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and the New York Giants. He has been an integral part of the Chicago Public School system community by supporting reading and literacy initiatives and has also served on the board of the Chicago Public Library. He is the author of the DreamKidz Adventures. He lives in Chicago. Ron Marz has been writing comics for more than two decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. He has compiled a long list of credits including stints on Green Lantern for DC, Star Wars for Dark Horse, Witchblade for Top Cow, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics. He lives in Duanesburg, New York. Bart Sears has been laying pencil marks on paper professionally for over 30 years, working for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, and a number of others. Known for his "Wizard" magazine covers, Brutes and Babes art tutorials, he has also put his talents to use designing toys and video games. He lives in Tampa, Florida.