Review: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #4

A&A_004_COVER-A_LAFUENTEArcher and Armstrong – with the help of Mary-Maria and the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness – must stop Bacchus’ cavalcade of terror! Will our heroes be able to defeat this 40-foot foe before the party stops forever? Will Armstrong ever find that bottle of Lagavulin? Will we ever find out who or what Davey the Mackerel is?! The answers to two of these questions might possibly be found in this issue!

I can tell you all you need to know about this comic, and whether it’d be for you with the following sentence: immortal adventurer gets drunk and shit hits the fan in a catastrophically brilliant story.

A&A: The Adventures Of  Archer And Armstrong #4 is an absolutely fantastic series; there honestly hasn’t been a bad page yet. Despite a long history (25 issues or so in the new Valiant Universe) between these characters, any foreknowledge about these characters isn’t required when starting the current series (I say this with 100% honesty –A&A #1 was the first comic featuring Archer and Armstrong that your humble review, and Valiant addict, ever read).

And read the series you should.

Rafer Roberts injects an emotional humour that’s both brilliantly funny and yet has hints of a soul destroying loss that’s surprisingly relatable despite the character it comes from, but it’s when the story reaches the silent pages that the comic really shines. David Lafuente‘s layouts do more to convey the chaotic nature of the goings on in the page than any text or narration that Roberts could ever hope to pen down, and the way in which Brian Reber‘s colours infuse the pages with a sense of life brings an additional punch to the gut as you read this, and despite it being part four of a four part arc, this is absolutely accessible to new readers. And upon writing that, it’s actually a lot less surprising than you’d think. 

A&A: The Adventures Of  Archer And Armstrong #4 is an absolutely phenomenal comic, and a brilliant end to the first arc in the current series. Read this, or jump on for #5, either way this simply must be on your pull list.

Story: Rafer Roberts Penciller: David Lafuente
Inker: Ryan Wynn Colourist: Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review