Review: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #12

aa12Archer and Armstrong’s cross-country travels through the weird, the wild, and the downright wrong have all come down to this: One final showdown with their greatest enemies! As Ivan the Soviet scientist bear and his army of Florida Men unite with the One Percent to unleash the ultimate death trap, the Valiant Universe’s premier adventure duo are gonna need all the help they can get!

When you get your hands on the final issue in a series, especially one of your favourite series, the first question you’ll want answered upon picking it up is whether or not it’ll provide a satisfying conclusion to the story that you’ve been reading (and hopefully enjoying), or if it leaves us with a fizzle.

There’s no fizzle here.

If you’ve been reading the series so far, then you’ll probably be wondering how Rafer Roberts will wrap up his run on A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #12, and whether or not the loose ends he’s dangled before us will actually get resolved in this regular sized final issue. Well, the good news is that most of them are resolved at least enough so that this comic doesn’t fall into the same fate as many comics that were unfairly canceled; a sudden and almost random final issue that feels like a rushed mess. Instead, we get an issue that brings almost everything to a satisfying enough close. There was really only one plot point that wasn’t explored as much as I’d have liked, but seeing as how I didn’t notice that until I sat down to write this review, I’m not going to fault the comic for that in anyway (primarily because I honestly believe that was an intentional ploy to leave an avenue to be explored in a later series).

There weren’t many series like this one over the last year, and while I’ll miss the hell out of reading about the adventures of these two miscreants, Roberts definitely saved the best for last. This comic is funny, with more than one moment where the fourth wall is almost broken as a character gives voice to the thoughts that likely won’t be far off from your own (at least, they mirrored mine at any rate). Mike Norton‘s ability to capture the sheer chaotic nature of this comic without losing any detail is fantastic, and I hope he had as much fun drawing the comic as I did when reading it.

As a concluding issue, this really was everything I could have hoped for. The art was awesome, and the dialogue witty and on point. To say I’ll miss this series would be an understatement, but at least it ended with a great bloody bang.

 Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Mike Norton
Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review