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Preview: Six Million Dollar Man TP

Six Million Dollar Man TP

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: David Hahn
cover: Michael Walsh
FC | 120 pages | $19.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen +

THE DRASTICALLY DEPRECIATING MAN

It’s the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve Austin (used to be an astronaut, now has robo-parts & a laser eye) heads to Japan to help Secret Agent Niko Abe stop a madman with missiles. Steve figures, no sweat. But then…sweat. How’s Steve going to complete his mission, when his fancy $6,000,000 body starts (DRASTICALLY) depreciating in value!?

Six Million Dollar Man TP

Review: Quantum and Woody #3

Quantum and Woody #3

Quantum and Woody are back in high school – this time to solve a murder!
But are their combined powers a match for the haunts that await them? Find out in Quantum and Woody #3!

When I read this comic the first time verses the second time, a lot had changed. And it changed my appreciation of the comic, too. It went from being a fun diversion to a life raft.

Y’see, because my wife has lung issues, we’re effectively in quarantine already, and so I was in desperate need of a distraction. Even having read this book once, the second time through still allowed me to escape for just long enough to reset myself. So judging this book critically will be tough but then sometimes you just have to judge a book in the moment. And in this moment Quantum & Woody #3 was perfect.

Written by Christopher Hastings, with art by Ryan Browne and colors by Ruth Redmond, this book was everything I didn’t know I needed. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it the first time I read it; this isn’t a comic that went from average to amazing simply because I read it after a tumultuous weekend.

Hastings has once again packed a full story, start middle and end, into a single comic. He has so far given us three complete stories in three issues that have all tied together with elements that are bound to come together in the finale next month whenever the fourth issue comes out. It isn’t often you get as much story in a comic as you have with Quantum & Woody #3 these days, which is a refreshing change of pace and it feels like you’re getting far more than you’re paying for in comparison to other books.

Browne’s art is absolutely perfect for this comic; there’s an energy to his line work that jumps from the page. Whether it’s Quantum punching somebody or Woody running out of a panel this comic has a lot to look at at, and Browne is able to make the art tell a complete story despite how much is happening between the covers. His art flows and makes sense. There’s no need to make a logic jump from panel to panel (you know how when you’re reading a comic and all of a sudden it feels like you missed a panel or two? That’s not here), which is a testament to Browne’s ability to tell a story visually.

Ruth Redmond has the unenviable job of coloring the insanity taking place in this comic, and does so in a way that nothing is lost on the page. Quantum & Woody #3 is a bright book because of Redmond’s vibrant colors as much as the story itself.

I also want to highlight Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou‘s lettering in this book. Hastings has a lot of words in this comic, and Otsmane-Elhaou’s work is so spot on to be almost unnoticeable. I say almost, because once I noticed his lettering because of the sound effects. I realized just how impressive the work is in this comic. Read the book, then read it again paying attention to the lettering and you’ll see what I mean; the font choices, the sizing and the sound effects are perfect for this book.

I don’t know when we’ll get to read the fourth issue at this point, and just typing that sucks. We’re all living in a time that few of us ever expected. Things have changed on us overnight. If you need a moment of brightness, a distraction from the news, then the third issue of this series is ideal for that.

It’s absolutely a perfect way to distract yourself. It’s a pretty stand alone book you can enjoy this without reading the first two issues. I’m going to be reading those three comics a lot over the coming months. Join me, won’t you?

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

Story: 9.2 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum and Woody #3

QUANTUM AND WOODY #3

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by WILL ROBSON
Pre-Order Edition Cover by STEVE LIEBER
Cover E 1/20 “Extra Virgin” Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale MARCH 25 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Quantum & Woody are back in high school – this time to solve a murder!
But are their combined powers a match for the haunts that await them?

QUANTUM AND WOODY #3

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

Preview: Quantum and Woody #1

QUANTUM AND WOODY #2

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by JOE QUINONES
Cover C by REILLY BROWN
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TODD NAUCK
Cover E 1/20 “Extra Virgin” Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale FEBRUARY 26 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers!
But 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.)

QUANTUM AND WOODY #2

Review: Quantum and Woody #1

Quantum and Woody #1

Quantum & Woody are the worst superhero duo in the world. They’re also Earth’s LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet! The world’s worst team is back with all new adventures and volume in Quantum and Woody #1.

I’ve never really thought of myself as a big fan of either Quantum or Woody. Which is funny because I’ve enjoyed every comic of theirs that I’ve read. Some more than others; Eliot Rahal’s run to close out the most recent volume resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect. When I got an advanced copy of Valiant’s newest volume of Quantum and Woody written by Christopher Hastings with art by Ryan Browne and colors by Ruth Redmond, I was hoping I’d enjoy it. Having never knowingly read anything by Hastings before I wasn’t impatiently waiting for the series to start.

After reading the first issue, it is fair to say I’m impatiently waiting for the second.

Hasting’s Quantum and Woody is the breath of fresh air in comics that I didn’t know I needed. He packs a lot of story into the comic’s twenty odd pages. The issue reinforces the relationship between the two would-be-heroes seamlessly with the swift pace of the book.

I’ve recently started to read Judge Dredd Megazine from the same folks who publish 2000AD because I was able to find it on the Diamond ordering system at work/my LCS (which are one and the same). There’s a distinct style to British comics that I don’t often see in the stuff I read that originates across the pond. I find that somewhat odd because a lot of writers whose comics I read are from the UK. I bring this up because as I was reading the book, I got a sense that I was reading something that could have originated in 2000AD. For me, that’s a very good thing.

The comic itself finds the adoptive brothers trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public – for what reason… well it isn’t a huge deal breaker if you don’t know because other than a general sense that the brothers have screwed something up, it isn’t really mentioned a whole lot (says the person who probably read the comic it happened in and can’t remember). Instead there is a lot of fantastic dialogue across the comic, regardless of who is on the page. It is a brilliantly witty book, with some one-liners in the context of the comic that are laugh out loud funny.

There’s also a manic quality to Ryan Browne‘s artwork that exudes a love of his craft; I couldn’t think of anybody else I would rather see drawing these two after reading this issue. Browne is superb. Without heaping on the hyperbole, I love his style. There’s an expressiveness to the character’s faces, a smoothness to the choreography, and the page layouts and paneling as exciting as they are impressive. Visually, Quantum and Woody #1 is an absolute hit. Ruth Redmond‘s work only serves to highlight the positives in Browne’s work. The vibrancy of her color choice contrasts with the events of the comic as the story unfolds.

I didn’t expect to be so thoroughly taken with Quantum and Woody #1, but here we are. An almost complete story in one issue, but with enough left open that you’ll want to come back. With a creative team like this how could you not want to come back? I’m already excited for the end of this month – because then I get to reread this in print. Join me, won’t you?

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

Story: 8.9 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum and Woody #1

QUANTUM AND WOODY #1

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Cover C by DAVID LOPEZ
Preorder Edition Cover by ERICA HENDERSON
1:100 Fool’s Gold Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale JANUARY 29 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Quantum & Woody — the worst superhero duo in the world — are Earth’s LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #1

Quantum & Woody Go on a (Signing) Tour Plus Get an Exclusive Cover

Celebrate the release of Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) with writer Christopher Hastings and Ryan Browne!

The world’s best comic book creator duo will be at shops to talk about the world’s worst superhero duo from Wednesday, January 29th to Wednesday, February 5th. Each shop will have the Christopher Hastings exclusive variant (amazing Tango & Cash homage pictured below). See below for details.

Quantum and Woody #1 tour variant

Wednesday, January 29th
Christopher Hastings at Bulletproof Comics
Brooklyn, NY
Starts at 5:00pm

Wednesday, January 29th
Ryan Browne at Challenger Comics + Conversation
Chicago, IL
River North location starts at 4:00pm
Bucktown location starts at 6:00pm

Friday, January 31st
Christopher at Forbidden Planet
New York, NY
Starts at 6:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Christopher at East Side Mags
Montclair, NJ
Starts at 1:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Ryan at Kowabunga Comics
Oconomowoc, WI 
Starts at 12:00pm

Wednesday, February 5th
Christopher at October Country Comics
New Paltz, NY
Starts at 4:00pm 

We recommend showing up early to the signings, just to be safe. Please contact the comic shops directly for more information.

Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) is on sale on January 29th. 

Advanced Review: Quantum and Woody #1

Quantum and Woody #1

Quantum & Woody are the worst superhero duo in the world. They’re also Earth’s LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet! The world’s worst team is back with all new adventures and volume in Quantum and Woody #1.

I’ve never really thought of myself as a big fan of either Quantum or Woody. Which is funny because I’ve enjoyed every comic of theirs that I’ve read. Some more than others; Eliot Rahal’s run to close out the most recent volume resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect. When I got an advanced copy of Valiant’s newest volume of Quantum and Woody written by Christopher Hastings with art by Ryan Browne and colors by Ruth Redmond, I was hoping I’d enjoy it. Having never knowingly read anything by Hastings before I wasn’t impatiently waiting for the series to start.

After reading the first issue, it is fair to say I’m impatiently waiting for the second.

Hasting’s Quantum and Woody is the breath of fresh air in comics that I didn’t know I needed. He packs a lot of story into the comic’s twenty odd pages. The issue reinforces the relationship between the two would-be-heroes seamlessly with the swift pace of the book.

I’ve recently started to read Judge Dredd Megazine from the same folks who publish 2000AD because I was able to find it on the Diamond ordering system at work/my LCS (which are one and the same). There’s a distinct style to British comics that I don’t often see in the stuff I read that originates across the pond. I find that somewhat odd because a lot of writers whose comics I read are from the UK. I bring this up because as I was reading the book, I got a sense that I was reading something that could have originated in 2000AD. For me, that’s a very good thing.

The comic itself finds the adoptive brothers trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public – for what reason… well it isn’t a huge deal breaker if you don’t know because other than a general sense that the brothers have screwed something up, it isn’t really mentioned a whole lot (says the person who probably read the comic it happened in and can’t remember). Instead there is a lot of fantastic dialogue across the comic, regardless of who is on the page. It is a brilliantly witty book, with some one-liners in the context of the comic that are laugh out loud funny.

There’s also a manic quality to Ryan Browne‘s artwork that exudes a love of his craft; I couldn’t think of anybody else I would rather see drawing these two after reading this issue. Browne is superb. Without heaping on the hyperbole, I love his style. There’s an expressiveness to the character’s faces, a smoothness to the choreography, and the page layouts and paneling as exciting as they are impressive. Visually, Quantum and Woody #1 is an absolute hit. Ruth Redmond‘s work only serves to highlight the positives in Browne’s work. The vibrancy of her color choice contrasts with the events of the comic as the story unfolds.

I didn’t expect to be so thoroughly taken with Quantum and Woody #1, but here we are. An almost complete story in one issue, but with enough left open that you’ll want to come back. With a creative team like this how could you not want to come back? I’m already excited for the end of this month – because then I get to reread this in print. Join me, won’t you?

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

Story: 8.9 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Early Preview: Quantum and Woody #1

QUANTUM AND WOODY #1

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Cover C by DAVID LOPEZ
Preorder Edition Cover by ERICA HENDERSON
1:100 Fool’s Gold Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale JANUARY 29 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Quantum & Woody – the worst superhero duo in the world – are Earth’s LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #1
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