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Review: Quantum And Woody! #5

QW2017_005_COVER-B-(ULTRA-FOIL)_SHAW“After three decades and 10,000 miles, the moment of truth has finally arrived: Our heroes are about to come face-to-face with Woody’s long-lost father! In Australia! Will Woody abandon his adoptive brother and trusted partner-in-crime-fighting to embrace a hard-partying scoundrel with no sense of decency? Or…is the world’s worst superhero team about to become a terrible trio?

Plus: Back in America, DC’s super-science crime cabal is about to get an energizing new addition!”

Disclosure: I read this comic after another comic that made my mind hurt.

The final issue (for now) of Daniel Kibblesmith‘s stint in the writing chair, Quantum And Woody #5 concludes a with a suitably zany comic that refuses to take itself seriously but never has you rolling your eyes in exasperation. Kibblesmith uses his talent as a comedy writer to accentuate an already good story and elevate the reader’s enjoyment of a comic that’s very self aware. Quantum and Woody are seen as jokes within the Valiant universe, and their series acknowledges that in some pretty great ways.

There’s a great exploration of the relationship between brothers amidst the chaos of a potentially world ending event at the hands of a twelve year old boy. When the premise behind the comic sounds as oddly stupid as that you can’t help but fall in love with it. I suppose it  doesn’t hurt that Kano‘s art is an assault on your eyes in all the right ways.

Quantum And Woody #5‘s layouts are inventive, exciting and make brilliant use of the page, with Kano showing an artistic ability in sequential art that exceeds expectations. The comic is made all the stronger thanks to the lettering of Dave Sharpe who delivers an additional level of intricacy to the visual aesthetic of the comic.

I didn’t honestly expect to enjoy this issue as much as I did, but it is remarkably easy to leave this comic with a nice warm feeling in your stomach and a smile on your face. If you want a series to take your mind away from the real world then you can’t go wrong with Quantum And Woody.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #5

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #5

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by MICHAEL WALSH (FEB181898)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (FEB181899)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (FEB181900)
Q&W Icon Variant by PETER BAGGE (FEB181901)
Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM (OCT171909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 18th

Three’s company!

After three decades and 10,000 miles, the moment of truth has finally arrived: Our heroes are about to come face-to-face with Woody’s long-lost father! In Australia! Will Woody abandon his adoptive brother and trusted partner-in-crime-fighting to embrace a hard-partying scoundrel with no sense of decency? Or…is the world’s worst superhero team about to become a terrible trio?

Plus: Back in America, DC’s super-science crime cabal is about to get an energizing new addition!

It’s going to be a real “Martha” moment when Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano (Immortal Iron Fist) tear one family apart, only to bring another one together as “KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG” heads to a death-defying finish!

Preview: Lockjaw #2

Lockjaw #2

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Carlos Villa
Ink: Roberto Poggi Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson
Logo: Gustavo Duarte
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Part 2
• Lockjaw and his hapless recruit D-Man end up in the prehistoric Savage Land!
• And Zabu, the last living sabretooth tiger, is not happy about it. But there’s no time to mark territory – a puppy is in danger, and Lockjaw will need Ka-Zar and Zabu’s help to find it!
• Who’s after Lockjaw’s lost siblings? And can D-Man get over his D-pression long enough to help?

Review: Quantum & Woody #4

QW2017_004_COVER-A_TEDESCO“They went looking for Woody’s birth father…and they’re about to wish they didn’t! Woody’s pop has left a long trail of broken promises and broken bottles behind him across the decades. Now, Quantum and Woody – the world’s worst superhero team, currently estranged – are thousands of miles from home, riding shotgun across Australia with the human dive bar that forever changed the course of both their lives. Will the senior Van Chelton convert his long-lost son to his hard-traveling ways? And can Quantum take on an older, smarter, and slightly more inebriated version of his unpredictable partner?”

After an emotional detour story about Quantum and Woody’s relationship with their father and by extension each other, we’re back to follow up with where the second issue left us. In a plane on the way to find Woody’s biological father.

Quantum & Woody #5 is a visually stimulating comic that you can’t help but get drawn into. Kano’s layout on the opening page is simplistic in a basic grid layout, but within half a second you’ll immediately recognize the shape of the panels given the context of the setting. It’s simple yet very effective stuff that draws your attention in just as much and the visual representation of the sound effects from Dave Sharpe‘s lettering.

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Despite what it says, I heard Eye Of The Tiger.

Written by Daniel Kibblesmith, Quantum & Woody #4 is a comic that uses humour to add to the story without actually relying on it to be the main draw, but rather as a pleasant addition (which is a good thing, for me at least, as I didn’t find anything side splittingly hilarious). Kibblesmith keeps the fine balance between the silly and the serious throughout the issue with neither over shadowing the other. Comics with comedy are often more miss than hit for me, but with Quantum & Woody, Kibblesmith has a sure fire hit.

It doesn’t matter if you’re unfamiliar with the characters when starting this series (I was), as by the time you get to the fourth issue you’ll have fallen in love with the self aware story telling that’s going to leave you aching for more. A brilliant read all around.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9.2 (because rounding) Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum & Woody! (2017) #4

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) # 4

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (JAN182020)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (JAN182021)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (JAN182022)
Q&W Icon Variant by FRED HEMBECK (JAN182023)
Pre-Order Edition by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 21st

There are bad dads. And then there’s Rutherford Van Chelton…

They went looking for Woody’s birth father…and they’re about to wish they didn’t! Woody’s pop has left a long trail of broken promises and broken bottles behind him across the decades. Now, Quantum and Woody – the world’s worst superhero team, currently estranged – are thousands of miles from home, riding shotgun across Australia with the human dive bar that forever changed the course of both their lives. Will the senior Van Chelton convert his long-lost son to his hard-traveling ways? And can Quantum take on an older, smarter, and slightly more inebriated version of his unpredictable partner?

Valiant’s high-energy superheroes are hitting the road for a once-in-a-lifetime family reunion as rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) bring “KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG” south of the equator!

Valiant High #2 – Valiant’s All-Ages Adventure Skips Second Period with Daniel Kibblesmith & Derek Charm in June!

Valiant has released a look inside Valiant High #2 (of 4), the second issue of AN UPROARIOUS, ALL-AGES ESCAPADE from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm! On June 6th, class is in session as the most powerful heroes of the Valiant Universe return to high school for a hair-raising, all-ages adventure that’s perfect for new readers!

As Valiant Universe’s best and brightest young minds know all too well, Valiant High isn’t your average everyday high school… It’s the kind of place where dodgeball is a literal blood sport and trying to find a date to homecoming can be just as stressful as saving the world! But deep within the hero-filled halls of this otherwise prestigious institute, Principal Harada is hiding a mysterious secret…and Valiant High’s newest foreign exchange student, Colin “Ninjak” King, is ready to seek out the truth – once he’s done giving omega-level nerd Peter Stanchek a cool-kid makeover first, of course!

On June 6th, get ready for second period as Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm detail another hysterical day in the life of the world’s most talented teenagers, in an incredible all-ages adventure set outside of Valiant’s standard superhero continuity – featuring covers by David Lafuente and Dan Parent!

Valiant High #1 – Daniel Kibblesmith & Derek Charm Bring Valiant’s First All-Ages Escapade to Comic Shops Everywhere on May 30th!

Valiant has announced that Valiant High #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of AN UPROARIOUS ALL-AGES ESCAPADE from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm – is coming to comic shops everywhere just in time for summer vacation! On May 30th, get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant‘s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before! In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant‘s standard continuity…and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain!

Featuring covers by David Lafuente and Sina Grace!

Preview: Lockjaw #1

Lockjaw #1

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Carlos Villa Cover Art: Gustavo Duarte
Ink: Roberto Poggi Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Wil Moss Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Part 1
At long last, the dog has his day! Lockjaw spends most of his time defending the Inhuman empire alongside Black Bolt and Medusa. But when he gets a message that his long-lost litter mates are in danger, he’ll spring into action to save them! But wait – Lockjaw has brothers and sisters? Can they teleport? Are they Inhuman? Can they possibly be as gosh-darned cute as their big brother? All the answers are here! Get ready for an adventure worth fetching for!

Review: Quantum And Woody #3

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“If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!”

Alright so this issue essentially breaks the story that had been running in the series’ first two issues with what is essentially an enjoyable, yet largely irrelevant one shot that has a surprisingly emotional undertone (there’s a chance this may pay off own the road eventually, but on face value…?). That’s not to say that this isn’t worth your time i you’re only interested in the story from the first two issues, because the essence of the characters that you love is still present even as the story takes place an unspecified amount of time before the events of Quantum And Woody #1. The world’s worst superhero team haven’t fractured their relationship into nothingness just yet, but the signs are present that it’ll happen. This means we get to see Daniel Kibblesmith’s take on their relationship when they don’t hate each other.

Because this story does break the ongoing arc in the series it’s not a bad place to start reading the series if you want to get a sense of the characters, but in terms of getting a sense of what had gone before and where we’ll be heading next… not so much.

That being said, Francis Portella and Andrew Dalhouse provide some great visual accompaniment to the story, and the switch between the two time periods is visually obvious as the page layouts shift from full page art to a panel layout that feels as though you’re looking into the past. Of course Dave Sharpe‘s lettering spells it out in no uncertain terms, and the unobtrusive yet visually striking work he contributes to the comics he works on goes unmentioned far too often because it’s so damn good (yours truly is guilty of this).

Quantum And Woody #3 is an interesting comic that should appeal to those already reading the series, but may not be a great place for new readers to hop into the story itself – even if the comic itself is more than accessible to anybody picking it up, and the quality is certainly there. As an introduction to these characters, you can’t go wrong with this touching exploration of what happens when you get a little bit longer with a formerly deceased family member – the brother’s reactions give you a great feel for who they are, and it’s that feeling that will help you understand where they’re coming from in the issues ahead.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Francis Portella
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Uh….

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum & Woody! (2017) #3

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (DEC171911)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (DEC171912)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (DEC171913)
Q&W Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (DEC171914)
Pre-Order Edition by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

Because you demanded it! The Goat returns!

If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!

And the Eisner for “Best Goat Birth Scene” goes to…writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Don’t miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone moment in the spectacular goatacular of 2018!

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