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Review: Quantum And Woody #3

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“If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!”

Alright so this issue essentially breaks the story that had been running in the series’ first two issues with what is essentially an enjoyable, yet largely irrelevant one shot that has a surprisingly emotional undertone (there’s a chance this may pay off own the road eventually, but on face value…?). That’s not to say that this isn’t worth your time i you’re only interested in the story from the first two issues, because the essence of the characters that you love is still present even as the story takes place an unspecified amount of time before the events of Quantum And Woody #1. The world’s worst superhero team haven’t fractured their relationship into nothingness just yet, but the signs are present that it’ll happen. This means we get to see Daniel Kibblesmith’s take on their relationship when they don’t hate each other.

Because this story does break the ongoing arc in the series it’s not a bad place to start reading the series if you want to get a sense of the characters, but in terms of getting a sense of what had gone before and where we’ll be heading next… not so much.

That being said, Francis Portella and Andrew Dalhouse provide some great visual accompaniment to the story, and the switch between the two time periods is visually obvious as the page layouts shift from full page art to a panel layout that feels as though you’re looking into the past. Of course Dave Sharpe‘s lettering spells it out in no uncertain terms, and the unobtrusive yet visually striking work he contributes to the comics he works on goes unmentioned far too often because it’s so damn good (yours truly is guilty of this).

Quantum And Woody #3 is an interesting comic that should appeal to those already reading the series, but may not be a great place for new readers to hop into the story itself – even if the comic itself is more than accessible to anybody picking it up, and the quality is certainly there. As an introduction to these characters, you can’t go wrong with this touching exploration of what happens when you get a little bit longer with a formerly deceased family member – the brother’s reactions give you a great feel for who they are, and it’s that feeling that will help you understand where they’re coming from in the issues ahead.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Francis Portella
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Uh….

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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