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Review: Quantum & Woody #11

QW2017_011_COVER-B-(EXTREME-ULTRA-FOIL)_SHAWQuantum and Woody are having a pretty terrible day so far – their atoms were dissolved in the middle of a nationwide disaster; they faced down their personal demons in “The Otherverse;” and now they’re responsible for bringing a malicious entity back with them! These guys can’t even finish a jigsaw puzzle without losing a whole bunch of pieces – how are they gonna put all of reality back together?

The basic set up for this issue is that Quantum and Woody have to save the world because the real heroes are unavailable. Eliot Rahal doesn’t hide the fact that neither Henderson brother is particularly sought after in the hero circles. His conveyance of this message is both overt and subtle. The obvious is done through the dialogue surrounding the brothers, from Colonel Jamie Capshaw and other G.A.T.E. officers, where as the subtle is in the wonderfully lettered interludes curtesy of Dave Sharpe and through Joe Eisma‘s art. The brothers never really feel like they’re going to be enough to tackle the threat, and yet we still root for them. It’s within this underdog tone that Rahal has created one of the most compelling runs in a comic series I’ve read in a long time.

Quantum & Woody #11 is one of those comics that you can, sort of, just pick up and enjoy with minimal confusion (the recap page that Valiant open the story with will more than help you here), but if you’ve been reading the book since Rahal took over then it’s an issue that rewards you with some brilliant moments in comics. It may sound like hyperbole, but this issue had me grinning from ear to ear as the brothers found a determination that I’ve seldom seen from both of them (granted my Quantum and Woody knowledge isn’t the best). There were also other emotions felt, but the less said about that the better (because spoilers, not because I want to hide that I have emotions).

What we’re given with this comic is an issue that pokes fun at itself and the title characters whilst simultaneously providing an excellent example of the type of super hero comics that will hit you right in the warm spot. That spot that triggers a really satisfied and complete feeling from you when you read or listen or watch something that moves you. Because this comic did that for me.

Ultimately with only one issue left in the series (and that issue being a one-shot story), Rahal is on pace to end his tenure with the Henderson’s on a high note. A very high note.

Story: Eliot Rahal Artist: Joe Eisma
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #11

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #11

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KYLE SMART
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN LEE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 17th

Situation Normal All Klanged Up!

Quantum and Woody are having a pretty terrible day so far – their atoms were dissolved in the middle of a nationwide disaster; they faced down their personal demons in “The Otherverse;” and now they’re responsible for bringing a malicious entity back with them! These guys can’t even finish a jigsaw puzzle without losing a whole bunch of pieces – how are they gonna put all of reality back together?

Rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) give the world’s worst superhero team some much-needed closure as SEPARATION ANXIETY draws the two brothers closer than ever before!

Review: Quantum And Woody #10

QW2017_010_COVER-A_SMARTWhen most people go on a journey, they bring back a souvenir…but most people usually stick to t-shirts and keychains, not unearthly creatures like the ones Quantum and Woody brought back from the “Otherverse”! Now, a giant monster is wreaking havoc on Washington D.C., and another anomaly – known only as “The Screaming Man” – is slowly getting acquainted with our reality. Is the world’s worst superhero team going to do anything about it? Hopefully, or this would be a really weird comic!

I have really been enjoying Quantum And Woody since Eliot Rahal took over the scripting duties on the comic, and it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that this has become one of my most antcipated comics each month.

This issue has the brothers facing off against what is basically Godzilla, and as they aren’t exactly the biggest powerhouses in the Valiant universe we get some inventive uses of their powers as they come to save the day. It’s moments like these that Rahal shines; he isn’t writing in way that tries to be funny (or at least it doesn’t come across that way), but rather he’s got an effortless way of bringing humour into the book without ever making it the focal point – but that won’t stop you from having a good chuckle all the way through. Quantum And Woody #10 captures the essence of a what we remember early Marvel comics to be; fun, with decidedly subtle (or not so subtle) undertones that you may or may not pick up on.

Rahal questions reality in this book, and how one’s perspectives can change based on what you are and are not aware of. And he does this while showing that even the worst of us can be heroes, no matter who writes you off as useless – which seems to be an underlying theme of the series since Rahal has taken over. Maybe that’s why I love this issue so much, or maybe I’m over thinking things. I suppose it depends on my perspective, eh?

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Eisma
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #10

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #10

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KYLE SMART
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Pre-Order Edition by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th

When most people go on a journey, they bring back a souvenir…but most people usually stick to t-shirts and keychains, not unearthly creatures like the ones Quantum and Woody brought back from the “Otherverse”! Now, a giant monster is wreaking havoc on Washington D.C., and another anomaly – known only as “The Screaming Man” – is slowly getting acquainted with our reality. Is the world’s worst superhero team going to do anything about it? Hopefully, or this would be a really weird comic!

Red-hot writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Archie) attach themselves to the underdogs of the Valiant Universe as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” reaches new heights!

Review: Quantum & Woody #9

QW2017_009_COVER-A_FOWLERFor Eric and Woody Henderson – adopted brothers, partners, and the erstwhile superhero twosome known as Quantum and Woody – the world has just turned upside down! Usually, they can’t stand to be near one another… Now, they literally can’t be – or their powers go on the fritz! That definitely makes being a “duo” difficult, especially when a perilous new threat is teaching you just how bad you are at superhero-ing solo!

Look, I’m going to dispense with the usual review blabber, and just straight up tell you that this is a book that you’re going to enjoy. There’s something here for everybody, of any kind of superhero persuasion, and it’s all done with a remarkable smoothness and accessibility. You like the overly complicated alternate dimension stuff? Great, Quantum and Woody have just returned from an alternate dimension they went too after they died, along with Quantum’s wife and a mysterious Other, and now the brothers Henderson  have two sets of conflicting memories that they are dealing with in totally different ways – one of which, oddly, is kind of sensible. You like the street level stuff with a hero trying to save something important to him? Check. You’d rather a city ending threat? Check. You’d rather see two heroes going about their daily business? Check.

Emotional drama? Yup. Comedy? Of course.

There are a lot of reasons why this book should feel like a disjointed mess, but only one why it doesn’t: Eliot Rahal. The writer dangles numerous different threads and plot devices in front of you without ever seeming like he has lost control or that they’ve been forced into the story. Quantum & Woody #9 feels like a love letter to whatever your favourite part of the superhero genre it represents with a story that is surprisingly deep with its underlying core questions: how do superheroes deal with the reality altering trauma? Why are they any more prepared to ace something like this than your average Joe?

Speaking of Joe’s, Joe Eisma has a style and pinach about him this issue that couldn’t be more in sync with the story had it been written and drawn by the same person.

Quantum & Woody was  a good series in the hands of its first creative team, but with Rahal spearheading the direction now, the series is dangerously close to becoming one of my favourite Valiant series.

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Eisma Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.3 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

It’s Comics Comics from Starburns Industries Press on Kickstarter

Starburns Industries Press has launched a Kickstarter for their Comics Comics anthology which is completely written by stand-up comedians.

Backer rewards include the comic in print and digital, two Kickstarter exclusive editions, Starburns swag, our other comics, retailer tiers, and even a tour of the studio that produces Rick and Morty, HarmonQuest, and Animals.

Comics Comics is an ongoing collection of original stories with each issue containing at least 48 pages of brand-new stories written by headliners, cult favorites, and newcomers drawn by artists from every corner of the comics world.

Comics Comics features such voices as Patton Oswalt (MST3KHappy!), Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made?The League), Sam Jay (SNL), Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest), Quinta Brunson (BrokeUp for Adoption), Megan Koester (Coming to the Stage, Corporate), Sara Benincasa (Real Artists Have Day Jobs), Carolyn Main (Pitch, Please!), Eliot Rahal (New Comic Book Day), Rose Matafeo (Funny Girls), Nick Giovannetti (Bad Guys), with more announced throughout the campaign.

The comedians have the freedom to write whatever they want in any genre resulting in comics featuring slices of life, flights of fancy, and journeys into genre.

Teaming up to make these stories into comics are such comedy fans as Troy Nixey (Vinegar TeethThe Black Sinister), Robert Hack (Chilling Tales of Sabrina), Evan Dorkin (Milk and CheeseBill and Ted’s Excellent Comic Book), Rick Altergott (ViceCracked), Brent Schoonover (Gregory Graves), Sarah Burrini (Nerd Girl), and more, with double threats like comedian/cartoonist Carolyn Main writing and drawing! A set of Kickstarter-exclusive covers are painted by cartoonist and HBO artist Richard P. Clark (The BoysHouse of Gold & Bones).

The Comics Comics Kickstarter runs through September 19. Backers can get copies of the comic in print and digital, an exclusive hardcover version, prints, and more.

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #9

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #9

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by TOM FOWLER
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Q&W Icon Variant by SEAN CHEN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

Breaking up is hard to do!

For Eric and Woody Henderson – adopted brothers, partners, and the erstwhile superhero twosome known as Quantum and Woody – the world has just turned upside down! Usually, they can’t stand to be near one another… Now, they literally can’t be – or their powers go on the fritz! That definitely makes being a “duo” difficult, especially when a perilous new threat is teaching you just how bad you are at superhero-ing solo!

Acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner Award nominee Joe Eisma (Archie) divide the world’s worst superhero team in two as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” continues!

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)!

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

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