Review: Quantum and Woody! #2
If I had to describe Quantum and Woody in one way I can, is that they’re essentially the superhero equivalent of a buddy cop duo like Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon. Though given the origins of these characters, Luke Cage and Iron Fist aren’t a far off comparison either. And it’s even more apparent with this new ongoing by Daniel Kibblesmith (frequent collaborator of Stephen Colbert and writer of the upcoming Marvel miniseries Lockjaw) with art by Kano (Mark Waid’s Daredevil). And you can tell Kibblesmith was definitely channeling every buddy cop movie he has seen like 48 Hours. And he nailed it hard.
It really does feel like it could have been a film in of itself. Some panels feel a bit cinematic like they were storyboarded. I say this in a good way. It’s simply something I find to be a nice touch. There are wide panels that allow the characters to move without cutting to a new panel sequentially like one by one to showcase movement. The art and colors certainly make the art pop-fitting the tone of the book. It can appear very funny with the art elevating whatever Kibblesmith was going to emotional when it needed to be based on for example, the first few pages of the book with the young heroes playing a game where it started to turn into drama with Woody finding out that Eric (Quantum) had kept a secret about his real father this entire time.
Kibblesmith really does nail the characterization and the book’s tone very well where it didn’t once feel jarring, they both came in naturally. Narrative wise, you understand Woody’s motivation to find his father-even if it means teaming up with a supervillain he knows by the name of Negative One, who was kind of a scene stealer due to her sardonic attitude and how she was able to get both heroes to go along with her. Though with Eric, she didn’t even have to say anything to get him to come and I’ll leave it at that.
Kano’s art as I said, compliments the writing and I want to spotlight the facial expressions on all the characters. They emote just about right without going over the top. It never once feels exaggerated, maybe aside from one or two moments where maybe it didn’t look right but that could just be me. And Kano is not a pushover with the action scenes either or when displaying the superpowers from both characters like when Woody pushes away Eric, the impact and aftermath is very well done especially when you toss in the fact that while it started dramatic, it ended with a small joke for levity.
If there is one qualm I have with this, is that this could leave potential new readers lost. I mean, this new ongoing could serve as a good introduction but if you’re coming to these characters and this new ongoing late, you may be lost. I mean, I got the gist of it easy enough but other readers may not be lucky but it’s a testament to Kibblesmith to make this book accessible to even non-fans of this book. While in terms of superheroes, my heart will always belong to the likes of Marvel, Sailor Moon, Power Rangers and others, Valiant superheroes I don’t doubt will be added to my personal favorites.
If you’re a fan of these characters and enjoying this book so far, keep on reading. If not for either, well, there’s always reading the likes of other Valiant heroes like Faith.