Review: Quantum and Woody #2

Quantum and Woody #2

The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers in Quantum and Woody #2! Can Woody’s new visions of the future be trusted when it leads the duo to face their arch-rival DOCTOR TOILET?!

(No, they most certainly cannot.)

Sometimes you read a comic that you’re expecting to be average because you’ve decided that you need to read everything that a certain publisher or series puts out. Over the years I’ve read almost every Valiant comic I could get my hands on. Some are far better than others. There are always the odd one or two that take me entirely by surprise. I hoped that I’d enjoy Christopher Hastings Quantum & Woody. I had no idea that with a single issue it’d take me by the ankles and rip the rug out from under me.

The first issue struck such a chord that I’ve been waiting for this issue for what feels like months and not weeks. Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, and colorist Ruth Redmond have been able to capture something that I’ve often missed in American comics. Quantum and Woody delivers a quintessentially British feeling. I’m aware that none of the creators are British. They’ve been able to capture the spirit of comics like weekly anthology comic 2000A.D. For me that’s a huge plus. I was always amazed at how much was crammed into the short space in the anthology’s stories, and the same is very true here.

Hastings has packed a full story, start middle and end, that could have easily been spread across multiple issues. Probably at least four to six if it was a bi-weekly comic from a certain dedicated company. Even so, the issue doesn’t feel like the story is being stretched thin. Which isn’t to say this comic is too packed; between Hasting’s writing and the art of Browne and Redmond this comic strikes the perfect balance.

Where the first issue reintroduced us to the brothers and their relationship this issue focuses on their attempt to become legitimate superheroes by attacking an ice dancer. It’s as glorious as it sounds. But this also gives us one of the best sequences in the series so far with Woody sliding through the panels which only adds to the chaos of the brothers and the ice dancer on the page. Visually, this is a great example of why comics are such a unique medium; Browne is able to turn what is essentially a sight gag into the border of the panels while highlighting the frantic pace of the page.

It’s a simple trick, but it’s impact cannot be denied. You simply can’t do this in any other medium.

I’ll make no apologies for the love-letter to Quantum & Woody #2 that this review has become. I frankly don’t care. This comic is utterly fantastic in every way. Genuinely gutted that we’re only getting four issues of this creative team at this point, but these four issues are on pace to be some of the best comics featuring the World’s Worst superheroes I’ve ever read.

Story: Christopher Hastings Art: Ryan Browne
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Story: 9.2 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review