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Review: Quantum & Woody #8

QW2017_008_VARIANT-ICON_BARTELQuantum and Woody just barely escaped from a surreal atomic realm…and, unfortunately, they’ve brought some pieces of it back with them! As dangerous new threats plunge their city even deeper into chaos, they’ll soon realize that they have bigger problems and bigger grudges than ever before – now if the brothers are anywhere near one another, their powers stop working!

Quantum and Woody, having just returned from an alternate reality of their own making struggle to make sense of what they’ve experienced. In fairness, they’re not the only ones. If that sounds like a complaint or a nit pick, it’s not. Eliot Rahal has scripted a comic that doesn’t hand an explanation to you at the drop of  a hat so that you’re one step ahead of the characters you’re reading, but instead allows you to follow along with the brothers as they try and puzzle out just what happened to them in a way that they understand. This style of writing has the benefit of easily allowing those new to the series to jump right in (once you’ve read the provided recap page at the beginning of the comic)  and enjoy this buddy-cop superhero comic.

Joining Rahal for Quantum & Woody #8 is Joe Eisma (art), Andrew Dalhouse (colours) and Dave Sharpe (letters), and the trio combine for a visually stimulating comic. Eisma is dynamic, his lines clean and easy to follow as the art flows along with Rahal’s script; with the colour palate injecting a slice of life into an already exciting comic. But despite the brilliant fight scene that’s got a couple of funny moments, it’s the interactions between Quantum and Woody that remain the highlight of this book for me. I may not have followed the characters for very long, but I feel that Rahal has found a perfect knack for writing them in their own unique way.

Whether you’re a new reader or you’ve been with the series for the last seven issues, you’re going to find a lot to love about this comic, and try as I might, I genuinely can’t find any flaw. What this buddy-cop superhero comic does right, it does very right. There’s no reason to miss this issue.

 

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Eisma
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 89 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #8

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #8

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by TOM FOWLER (MAY182084)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (MAY182085)
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA (MAY182086)
Q&W Icon Variant by JEN BARTEL (MAY182087)
Pre-Order Edition by ROB GUILLORY (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 18th

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “SEPARATION ANXIETY” – PART ONE!

Quantum and Woody just barely escaped from a surreal atomic realm…and, unfortunately, they’ve brought some pieces of it back with them! As dangerous new threats plunge their city even deeper into chaos, they’ll soon realize that they have bigger problems and bigger grudges than ever before – now if the brothers are anywhere near one another, their powers stop working!

The world’s worst superhero team is going to have to go it alone as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” presents a super-powered stress test, courtesy of rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Archie)!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang TPB

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) VOL. 1: KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG TPB

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO with FRANCIS PORTELA
Additional Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (APR181868)
$9.99 | 128 pgs. | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-269-0

The world’s worst superhero team returns in an explosive new ongoing series!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your troublemaking adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome superpowers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This summer, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names! Starting right here, deeply alarming and untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1–5.

Review: Quantum & Woody #7

QW2017_007_COVER-A_OLIVETTIWith Harbinger Wars 2 seizing America, Livewire has rendered the nation’s power grid useless in a last-ditch attempt to shield her psiot allies. The people of Washington D.C. need someone to save them – and so do Quantum and Woody! Now that the high-tech wristbands that keep their atoms stabilized have become nothing more than fashion accessories, the world’s worst superhero team is going where no one has gone before… Into the atomic realm!

Well last issue saw Quantum and Woody dissipate, or explode depending on how you look at it, into atoms as they failed to klang their bracelets together in time. One could be led to believe that would mean the two brothers had died… but then if that were the case you wouldn’t be reading this, would you? Besides, nobody really know what’d happen if they failed to klang – and so why not find out together?

Eliot Rahal (writer), Francis Portella (art), Andrew Dalhouse (colours) and Dave Sharpe (letters) deliver a comic that… look, without any unneeded hyperbole, Quantum & Woody #7 is just fun. It’s fun, it’s brilliantly written and it looks freaking gorgeous. There’s a brilliant Quantum-as-Superman subplot to the comic that has a deceptively powerful homage to the granddaddy of all superheroes, with the art giving off a very noble feeling whenever Quantum is on the page. Conversely, Woody seems less than super, but no less important to the story; his story is the driving force behind the book, and his struggles to find the missing piece in his life seem oh so familiar to most of us.

It would be fair to say that there are a lot of parallels within Woody’s story to the very real struggles we all face in our daily lives, culminating in a heartbreaking scene on a rooftop that is serene in the brutality of its truth. It would also be fair to say that the art bringing this multilayered script to life more than matches the quality of the writing as the creative team combine into a mean comic book machine that’s shooting grenades of awesomeness left, right and centre.

Yeah, I loved this book, and I am not being objective about that at all.

Despite this being the second issue of Rahal’s run on the book, it is entirely accessible for those readers who pick it up for the first time (though why you’d willingly skip #6 is beyond me – Rahal has written two freaking awesome comics in his run on Quantum & Woody thus far).  With all the high profile books coming out lately, Quantum & Woody #7 is likely to fly under the radar of many of you – and that’s a damn shame.

Pick this book up, pop your feet up and get settled in for an utterly fantastic read.

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Francis Portella
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum & Woody! (2017) #7

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #7

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI (APR181862)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (APR181863)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (APR181864)
Q&W Icon Variant by VIKTOR KALVACHEV (APR181865)
Pre-Order Edition by ANTONIO FUSO (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 27th

“WHAT THE KLANG?” Hey, who the heck invited these guys to HARBINGER WARS 2?

With HARBINGER WARS 2 seizing America, Livewire has rendered the nation’s power grid useless in a last-ditch attempt to shield her psiot allies. The people of Washington D.C. need someone to save them – and so do Quantum and Woody! Now that the high-tech wristbands that keep their atoms stabilized have become nothing more than fashion accessories, the world’s worst superhero team is going where no one has gone before… Into the atomic realm!

Do not attempt to adjust your eyeballs because red-hot rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) are taking things from zero to Dada as Quantum and Woody tie into, outside of, and in between Valiant’s seismic summer event!

 

Review: The Flash/Speed Buggy Special

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a journey into the Speed Force!

The Flash/Speed Buggy Special is by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Mark Irwin, Marc Deering, Matt Banning, John Livesay, Andrew Dalhouse, Pete Pantazis, Tom Napolitano, Dan Mora, Liz Erickson, and Jim Chadwick.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Quantum And Woody #6

QW2017_006_COVER-A_OLIVETTI“KLANG, KLANG…KLUNK?” In the ultimate display of power, Livewire has plunged the United States into darkness. From coast to coast, once-vital technology has now been rendered worthless… No cars… No phones… No quantum bands?!? Without the high-tech gauntlets that bind them together, the world’s worst superhero team have 24 hours before they disintegrate into nothingness…Now, stripped of their powers and unable to “klang,” can Quantum and Woody become the heroes they’ve always aspired to be and secure the streets of the nation’s capital…before time runs out?

If this were a marvel title, the series would have reset the numbering. But it’s not, and so with a new writer (Eliot Rahal) we’ve also been given a new jumping on point that has the most tenuous of ties to Harbinger Wars II, but if you haven’t read Harbinger Wars II: Prelude then you honestly won’t miss a beat with Quantum And Woody #6. Rahal smartly never explicitly refers to the prelude comic, nor is it required reading before you read this one, because although our heroes are reacting to the consequences of Livewire’s actions, they’re not aware that’s the case and are instead just trying to help the people around them during a blackout.

Quantum And Woody #6 has the world’s worst super team trying to rescue the inhabitants of a tenement building as it succumbs to the burning tendrils and oxygen smothering smoke of a rather large fire. It is into this that our heroes run, in an attempt to save lives, in a comic that reminds me of one of my favourite issues of Wolverine where he runs into a burning building to save a kid; the similarities to the comic don’t end there, as much like Quantum & Woody #6 has a loose tie to Harbinger Wars II, Wolverine #113 was also a loose tie-in to the Onslaught story during the late 90’s. Now to be clear, I am not saying that Rahal has copied, or been influenced by, the previously mentioned Wolverine comic. I don’t even know if he’s read it, nor do I particularly care because beyond the similarities mentioned, these comics have nothing in common.

Moving away from the trip down memory lane, I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this comic. Rahal comes out of the gate swinging, Francis Portella, Andrew Dalhouse and Dave Sharpe produce a wonderful visual experience, and Valiant once again have a brilliant comic on the racks. That the comic is also an ideal jumping on point for new readers is also a bonus.

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Francis Portella
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: X-O Manowar #13

XO2017_013_COVER-A_LAROSA“This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…”

If you have been reading the solicitations, then you’ll know where Aric will be heading by the end of this issue. If you haven’t, then I’m not going to tell you here. This is only relevant because X-O Manowar caps off the series first year; a year in which we have seen some phenomenal story telling in the sequential arts. It hasn’t always been consistent, some have been merely really good as opposed to great, but without a doubt I have never felt as though I wasted my money in buying these issues (yes, I did read a review copy, but I still buy the individual comics in print).

The last issue saw Aric fully embracing the sacred armour of Shanhara as his world comes crashing down around him, There is, somewhat predictably, a series of fantastic action sequences with Aric and the armour working together in a  harmony we haven’t seen this series. Ryan Bodenheim has a style that enables you to easily follow the more action heavy scenes with the speed that they’re happening within the story. You don’t need to do this, and upon absorbing the art after reading the story there will be visual queues that may have been missed the first time through. Bodenheim’s art is given a unique flavour by the colouring work of Andrew Dalhouse, and you’re often reminded that this isn’t Earth.

With X-O Manowar #13Matt Kindt finally explains why Aric left Earth in some subtle yet powerful flashbacks. I won’t reveal the details of said flashbacks because the reason is a doozy and you need to experience it without it being spoiled online. Suffice to say that a lot of the loose end and questions are answered without anything being forced or unnaturally handed to you. As the series brings a close to the current multi-part story arc, Kindt leaves us with a very complete story that stands above the vast majority of other superhero comics being published today.

X-O Manowar is a space epic with a deeply personal story about a man finding himself, and, thankfully, the final issue is a nigh on perfect cap on a great first year. We’ve had thirteen issues, four story arcs and one amazing story. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #13

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #13 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover A by Lewis Larosa (JAN182024)
Cover B by Giuseppe Camuncoli (JAN182025)
Interlocking Variant by Ariel Olivetti (JAN182026)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Howard Chaykin (JAN182027)
Pre-Order Edition by Ryan Bodenheim (OCT171928)
Editor: Warren Simons Assitant Editor: David Menchel
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 28th

This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…

The end of X-O Manowar’s year-long conquest at the farthest reaches of the Valiant Universe draws near – and a powerful new beginning awaits – as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead) unleash the final reckoning of “VISIGOTH”!

Review: Action Comics #999

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Superman.

Action Comics #999 is by Dan Jurgens, Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Kaare Andrews, Andrea Shea, and Paul Kaminski.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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