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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

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #6

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI (MAR181994)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181995)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (MAR181996)
Q&W Icon Variant by JAVIER PULIDO (MAR181997)
Pre-Order Edition by JAY FABARES (MAR188175)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th

AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! A TIE-IN TO HARBINGER WARS 2…?

“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?

Hey, hey, nobody invited these guys! Quantum and Woody come kicking and screaming into Valiant’s seismic summer crossover, courtesy of rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Cult Classic), acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH), and a perfect entry point into the title that The A.V. Club calls “a superhero series not to be missed.”

Superheroes Get Served as Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal, and Geoff Shaw’s The Paybacks Gets Collected

t’s time to collect! From superstar writers, Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with stunning art by the incomparable Geoff Shaw comes The Paybacks Collection TPB. Collecting The Paybacks Vol. 1 published by Dark Horse Comics and The Paybacks Vol. 2 published by Heavy MetalThe Paybacks Collection is 224 pages of heart-pumping superhero parody at its finest!

When superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like I.O.U.’s! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! Join writers Eliot Rahal and Donny Cates, with stunning art by Geoff Shaw, in this superhero parody that explores the idea that heroism doesn’t come cheap.

The Paybacks Collection TPB goes on sale August 01, 2018, and is available for preorder.

Exclusive Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #8

Since it’s return in 2017, Quantum and Woody! has brought the (not so) dynamic duo back to our regular reading schedule delivering consistent laughs and lots of action (and becoming once again one of our favorite monthly comics).

With Quantum and Woody! #8, writer Eliot Rahal continues his run on the series with artist Joe Eisma kicking off a new storyline, “Separation Anxiety.”

Everything goes topsy-turvy as the two most dysfunctional defenders of our nation’s capital contend with a new status quo for their superhero skill set!

Valiant has hooked us up with an exclusive first look at the preview for the issue which comes to shelves July 18th.


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #8

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Cover A by TOM FOWLER
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Q&W Icon Variant by JEN BARTEL

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)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 18th (FOC  – 6/25/18)

Eliot Rahal, Jorge Fornes, and AfterShock Deliver a Hot Lunch Special this August

AfterShock Comics has announced Hot Lunch Special, a brand new series from writer Eliot Rahal and art by Jorge Fornes. The comic is out this August.

From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)! A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range—Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival.

The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.

Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired, and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now, Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.

Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?

Hot Lunch Special #1 features lettering by Taylor Esposito and colors by Fornes. Covers include one by Fornes and another by Robert Hack. You can find it on shelves August 8th.

Quantum & Woody! #8 Needs Therapy as Eliot Rahal & Joe Eisma Present “Separation Anxiety!”

Valiant has released a first look inside the pages of Quantum and Woody! (2017) #8 – the FIRST ISSUE of “SEPARATION ANXIETY,” RAUCOUS NEW STORY ARC and ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joe Eisma! On July 18th, everything goes topsy-turvy as the two most dysfunctional defenders of our nation’s capital contend with a new status quo for their superhero skill set!

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!

Featuring covers by Tom FowlerGeoff Shaw, Joe Eisma, and Jen Bartel.

Vault Comics Gives Readers Free First Issues of Cult Classic & Songs For The Dead

Vault Comics is giving readers free copies of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #1 and Songs For The Dead #1 as free digital downloads.

After an internal problem at Diamond Comic Distributors delayed the release of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #2 and Songs for the Dead #2 by one week, Vault Comics decided to offer digital copies of the first issues for free as a thank you to readers for their patience. Because of the delay, physical copies of both Cult Classic #2 and Songs for the Dead #2 will now hit store shelves on Wednesday, April 25th.

Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is the flagship series in a creator-owned, shared universe of interwoven stories published by Vault Comics beginning in 2018. Created and curated by writer Eliot Rahal, the Cult Classic universe will feature a wide array of today’s hottest new creators, including Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, John Bivens, Leah Williams, Katy Rex, Grace Thomas, Jenna Cha, Tim Daniel, Alejandro Aragon, Marissa Louise, and many more to be announced. Cult Clasic: Return to Whisper is written by Eliot Rahal, drawn by Felipe Cunha, colored by Dee Cunniffe, and lettered by Taylor Esposito, with cover art by Irene Koh.

Songs for The Dead is a cult-hit fantasy comic book series that follows Bethany, a minstrel with a heart full of adventure, a would-be hero determined to find a missing boy from the town of Llyne, and a friend to all woodland critters. But mostly the dead ones. Because Bethany is also a necromancer. Captured by the vile Lord Rolland, Bethany will make an unlikely friend, who is all-too-good at providing more corpses to raise. Songs or The Dead is written by Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron, illustrated by Sam Beck, and letterer Deron Bennett.

Review: Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4

NJKVS_004_COVER-A_LEVELHis allies have turned against him. His last options have been exhausted. And there is nowhere left to run. Now, Ninjak – the rogue super-spy turned against his former masters by the cunning assassin called Roku – must face the final revelation of his no-holds-barred showdown with the heroes of the Valiant Universe. Bloodied but unbowed, Colin King’s gauntlet ends here…and Valiant’s first-of-its-kind crossover between live action and the comic book page is about to come to an explosive finale that will leave you stunned!

Alright so I’m not to try to sugar coat anything, but in an effort to refrain from an angry rant, I’ve used bullet points to gather my thoughts about Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4.

  • This four issue miniseries is set in a separate universe from the rest of Valiant’s comics. If you read this prior to anything else, expect to be a little confused when things aren’t the same (but happy that the writing is better).
  • If you consider a “first-of-its-kind” crossover to be an adaptation of live action and comics, you’re behind a couple decades. This may be the first crossover from webseries to comics, however. Maybe  that’s what they mean.
  • Expecting the typical quality that you would ordinarily get from a direct tie-in comic (and not an adaptation like, say, the Bloodborne comics are adapted from the videogames) will leave little room for dissapointment.
  • Eliot Rahal is a much better comic book writer than he’s showing here, because at the end of the day he’s only got so much to work with. You can only polish a turd so much, really, and even then it’s still a turd.
  • The art by Joe BennettBelardino Brabo and Ulises Arreola remain the only saving grace for an issue that caps off perhaps the worst thing Valiant have published in the last three years.
  • If you want a better story starring all the Valiant characters read The Valiant. If you want a better Ninjak story look up Ninja-K or Bloodshot Salvation to get a small dash of Ninjak with Bloodshot.

I am oddly relieved this series is over, because it wasn’t really all that good (if you enjoyed it then fair play to you. I’m not saying you’re wrong, only that we hav different opinions). I tried to find the good in it (the art, mostly), but the pervading sense I got from the entire series was that it was a poor adaptation of another story. This doesn’t read like the kind of comic Valiant, or Eliot Rahal are capable of putting out, nor like the story was ever written for comics. It’s shoehorned into the four colour medium and it doesn’t work. Hopefully the webseries that this is adapted from will be better than the series, but after having read the comics I’m not holding out much hope of anything more than a brief diversion.

Screen story: Aaron Schoenke
Screenplay: Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris and Andrew Rowe
Comic Script
: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Bennett
Ink: Belardino Brabo Color: Ulises Arreola
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0
Recommendation: Read it if you’ve come this far. Don’t start if you haven’t.

Thankfully, Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #4 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #4 (of 4)

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by BRIAN LEVEL (FEB181907)
Cover B by CAFU (FEB181908)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (FEB181910)
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON (FEB181911)
Photo Cover Also Available (FEB181909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 18th

Last man standing!

His allies have turned against him. His last options have been exhausted. And there is nowhere left to run. Now, Ninjak – the rogue super-spy turned against his former masters by the cunning assassin called Roku – must face the final revelation of his no-holds-barred showdown with the heroes of the Valiant Universe. Bloodied but unbowed, Colin King’s gauntlet ends here…and Valiant’s first-of-its-kind crossover between live action and the comic book page is about to come to an explosive finale that will leave you stunned!

Quantum and Woody! #8 – Eliot Rahal & Joe Eisma Go It Alone in “Separation Anxiety” This July!

Valiant has announced Quantum and Woody! (2017) #8 – the FIRST ISSUE of “Separation Anxiety,” RAUCOUS NEW STORY ARC and ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joe Eisma! On July 18th, Quantum and Woody are about to divide their not-so-dynamic duo into a fractured pair of solo acts!

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!

Featuring covers by Tom FowlerGeoff ShawJoe Eisma, and Jen Bartel.

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