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Underrated: Quantum And Woody (2013)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Quantum And Woody (2013).

This is actually the cover to the second printing of the hardcover which as of this writing is still available.

Quantum and Woody, often called the World’s Worst Superhero Team, are a pair of adoptive brothers from Valiant Entertainment who have to touch the bracelets on their arms once every twenty four hours or they’ll… simply cease to be. The reason they have to touch these bracelets is also the cause of their powers – a rogue science experiment of some kind that leads to two very unlikely people getting super powers.

Where this story differs from most other superhero stories is that the two heroes are both immediately at odds with each other whilst still being extremely close. Quantum, real name Eric Henderson, and Woody, real name Woody Henderson are adoptive brothers. One, obviously, wants to hide his identity, the other believes secret identities are pointless. There’s also the super powered goat who may or may not be the brother’s dead father, who keeps trying to tell them this in ever increasingly inventive and entertaining ways.

This volume of Quantum And Woody collects the entire twelve issue run of the title series, along with a bonus zero issue featuring the Goat, which is a great way to get the entire story in one sitting (the second volume collects various miniseries featuring the two, which are also worth reading – but aren’t the subject of today’s column.

Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose — and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Go big or go home, folks! 

With a blurb like this…

Perhaps one of the things I was most taken with in the book was just how dysfunctional everything was. The story shouldn’t have worked – there were so many disjointed moments and plot threads that had no theme other than the brothers stumbled into the events because they were trying to just live. Not live as superheroes, but as regular people who need to literally find a job in order to pay bills, rent and deal with the recent death of their father – but through all of this they somehow get wrapped up in a plot to start a civil war, stop a high tech crime spree and not kill each other.

You’d think that as two brothers who hadn’t seen each other in years would just go back to being estranged after getting superpowers, but they have to touch, or Klang!, their bracelets together once every 24 hours or they’ll cease to exist for superhero science reasons. What that means for us, is that as readers we get to explore a very common (sadly) familial relationship through the eyes of superheroes.

It is at once funny, endearing and somewhat frustrating as the two brothers try to learn to live together once again. And maybe save a few people in the process.

Quantum And Woody Deluxe Edition Volume One is one of those books that was far too easy to devour in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every issue within the collection – and highly recommend you checking it out when you get a chance.

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Roku #3 (of 4)

ROKU #3 (of 4)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Preorder Edition Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
On sale DECEMBER 18 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The lethal assassin Roku is reeling from a brutal defeat, but an even bigger fight awaits…

It’s round 2 between Roku and the superspy Ember-1!

ROKU #3 (of 4)

Preview: Bloodshot #4


Written by TIM SEELEY
Preorder Edition Cover by SIMON BISLEY
On sale DECEMBER 18 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

NEW STORY ARC “The Long Shot” starts here!

All aboard as Bloodshot faces off against ghoulish monsters on a bullet train to the heart of darkness!

High-speed thrills and blood-curdling chills lurk behind every turn in 2019’s best new action series!


Preview: The Visitor #1 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Preorder Edition Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale DECEMBER 18 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Unstoppable. Untraceable. Unkillable. This is how he changes the world…
Who is the Visitor? Why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? And will they live long enough to find out?

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4 (of 4)

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4 (of 4)

(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Evan Stanley
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Showdown”! This is it! Whisper’s ready to confront her old foe, and Tangle’s more than happy to back her up! Of course, if the bad guy knows he’s walking into a trap, he’s going to be prepared, right? Maybe this won’t be so easy, since he’s got a Badnik army backing him up!
The final fantastic issue of the first Sonic the Hedgehog mini-series in almost two decades!

Collect the epic connecting covers by Evan Stanley, the amazing covers by fan-favorite Sonic artist Nathalie Fourdraine, and the RI by new-to-Sonic artist Abigail Starling!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4 (of 4)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Dave Wachter
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $7.99

Things have never been worse for the TMNT and their allies, but there’s still one desperate gambit to try if the family can come together in time. Will it be worth the cost? Over eight years of TMNT storytelling have led to this game-changing moment! Don’t miss it!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

Preview: Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors & Smoke

Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors & Smoke

(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Stranded far from the ruins of the Terran Empire, Captain Janeway of the rebel ship Voyager has crowned herself Pirate Queen of the Delta Quadrant! Of course, the locals won’t give in without a fight-especially not scavengers Neelix and Kes. And who is this apparent Terran who calls herself Annika Hansen? Find out in Mirror Voyager’s amazing comic book debut!

Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors & Smoke

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #1

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #1

(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

A new Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins here!

Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unravelling the secret of its source will take our heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

Infernal Tides continues the D&D comic odyssey written by Jim Zub (D&D: Evil at Baldur’s Gate, D&D: Shadows of the Vampire, Avengers) with artwork by Max Dunbar (Avengers, D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate)!

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #1

The Future is Now in the Iron Man 2020 #1 Trailer

Arno Stark is the new Iron Man for a new era! So get ready to meet the Iron Man of 2020 in this all-new trailer, featuring a sneak peek at exclusive artwork! 

The time has come for machinekind to unite and demand equal rights! But not all humans think that A.I.s are worthy and Arno Stark – Iron Man 2020 – is one of them. Will he still fight with all he has against the robot revolution, even as other heroes begin to fill their ranks? Can Arno Stark truly be the Iron Man of the future if he’s on the wrong side of history?

Iron Man 2020 #1 by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Pete Woods hits stands on January 15th.

Your First Look at Maria Llovet’s Heartbeat #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Heartbeat #3, the latest issue of the new original five-issue series by comics creator Maria Llovet and letterer AndWorld Design — a dark, violent, decadent, disturbing story, in which life, death, blood, and love are inextricably intertwined, available on January 22, 2020.

After a thrilling encounter with Donatien, Eva finds herself becoming more interested in his macabre tastes. As the murderer draws her deeper into his world, what parts of herself is Eva willing to give up to get closer… and will she miss them when she’s done?

Heartbeat #3 features main cover art by series creator Maria Llovet as well as variant cover art by artist Jen Bartel.

Heartbeat #3
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