The hunt for Armstrong’s estranged wife is taking a strange turn through America’s most bizarre traveling circus…and it’s no laughing matter! Besieged by a deranged troupe of malformed Armstrong clones, the world’s hardest-traveling adventurers may have finally met a match more dysfunctional than they are! And if that wasn’t enough absurdity for one day, a Russian science bear is about to come barreling through the big top with grave news for Archer & Armstrong!
Archer and Armstrong start the issue out by punching a few scientists, as they lament during the fight that nobody will explain what’s happening to them. I kind of hope that they don’t find out because watching them run through a circus trying and failing to reason with people is fantastic.
This is a series that’s quite possibly one of the most consistently entertaining comics on the racks month to month, and it’s also a criminally under-read series. Rafer Roberts script, Mike Norton‘s art and Allen Passalaqua‘s colours flow together to create such a brilliantly irreverent story that thinks nothing of throwing some completely unexpected things at both the two lead characters and the people reading the comic (I won’t give you an example because that’ll take away a little of the magic). I ended the last issue’s review by saying “the entire issue is a fantastic middle finger to the type of by the numbers story telling that can be commonplace in comics, but it’s a bird that’s flipped with love – and I enjoyed every page.” The same is equally as true here, and it’s just as fun.
There isn’t much more for me to say about this issue (but there is a talking bear!), other than I really hope you go out and start reading this series. Whether you begin with this arc or not, when you pick up A&A be prepared to find your new favourite comic.
Story: Rafer Roberts Art Mike Norton Colourist: Allen Passalaqua
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.