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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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Quantum & Woody #6 (Valiant) – Eliot Rahal takes over writing duties for the series and, as much as I enjoyed Daniel Kibblesmith, I am so excited to see what Rahal will bring to the table. So excited, in fact, that I want to read this more than Harbinger Wars 2 #1. But not by much.

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (Valiant) – Valiant’s latest big even is here, with reverberations that will be felt across the line. Plus, this looks beautiful.

The Last Siege #1 (Image)Game of Thrones meets spaghetti western? Hell yeah – this could either be awesome or awfully awesome… either way I’m in.

Pestilence: Story Of Satan #1 (Aftershock) – With the first volume re-imagining the bubonic plague as a zombie infestation, and turning into a really good read, I’m excited to see what’s in store for this series. I’d be very okay with more of the same.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Man of Steel #1 (DC Comics) – While I haven’t been too excited about Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman so far this first issue will define his direction and give us an idea of where he plans on taking the character. This will be a key issue, good or bad, for some time, so if you care about the character, this is one you’ll need to get.

Amazing Spider-Man #800 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man is winding down and this is the culmination of so much of that.

Blackwood #1 (Dark Horse) – Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish… I’m sold.

Justice League: No Justice #4 (DC Comics) – Much like above, this comic will help define the direction of the Justice League and what comes next. It’ll be a key read for years to come.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #19 (IDW Publishing) – The reveals have been amazing and I’m hooked for it all. An amazing run on Transformers is all coming together here.

Review: Quantum And Woody #2

QW2017_002_COVER-B-(ULTRA-FOIL)_SHAW“It’s the ones you love that hurt you the most…and, in the case of super-powered adoptive brothers Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – this is definitely going to leave a mark! Quantum has kept the truth about Woody’s biological father a secret, and now that Woody has found out about his brother’s betrayal, their once-promising superhero career has ground to a standstill. So now it’s time for one last shot at teaming up as our heroes head “down under” – ahem, to Australia – in search of Woody’s one true DNA match. Like father, like son? Let’s hope not.

You’ll believe two men and a goat can fly coach when the new adventures of the world’s worst superhero team continue with a slightly less collectible second issue from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano (Daredevil)!”

For some inexplicable reason I put off reading the foil embossed comic laying on my coffee table for almost as long as I had the review copy in my inbox. I enjoyed the first issue, but for whatever reason I wasn’t bursting out of myself to crack the spine on Quantum And Woody #2 – as I’m sure you could guess by the date of this review. Once I had read the comic, I was pleasantly surprised and wondered why I hadn’t read it already. The sibling relationship between Quantum and Woody drives the story as they veer from one end of the spectrum to the other; Daniel Kibblesmith never loses sight of the fact that even if these men hate each other, deep down there’s still a brotherly affection between them.

The book is still somewhat tough for someone unfamiliar with the characters to be able to pick up and enjoy, but seeing as how I am one of those people, I can tell you that for every little reference I didn’t get or question I had there was always something to remind me that it’s okay to not know everything. It’s okay to just sit back and enjoy the comic. That’s made so much easier because of Kano‘s art work. Quantum And Woody #2 has some wonderfully constructed pages from the paneling right up to the final toucheson the art itself. Any trouble you have following the story m the dialogue and narration boxes will end up being a moot point once you actually pay attention to the art and the story telling within the visuals.

Ultimately, this issue was a genuine surprise for me; a comic that over delivered on my expectations with a script that has an intelligence and deceptively deep plot hidden just bellow the surface all wrapped into an art style that packs enough visual humour to keep you smiling without overpowering the quality of the book itself.

If you’re not reading this, well, why not?

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Quantum and Woody! #2

If I had to describe Quantum and Woody in one way I can, is that they’re essentially the superhero equivalent of a buddy cop duo like Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon. Though given the origins of these characters, Luke Cage and Iron Fist aren’t a far off comparison either. And it’s even more apparent with this new ongoing by Daniel Kibblesmith (frequent collaborator of Stephen Colbert and writer of the upcoming Marvel miniseries Lockjaw) with art by Kano (Mark Waid’s Daredevil). And you can tell Kibblesmith was definitely channeling every buddy cop movie he has seen like 48 Hours. And he nailed it hard.

It really does feel like it could have been a film in of itself. Some panels feel a bit cinematic like they were storyboarded. I say this in a good way. It’s simply something I find to be a nice touch. There are wide panels that allow the characters to move without cutting to a new panel sequentially like one by one to showcase movement. The art and colors certainly make the art pop-fitting the tone of the book. It can appear very funny with the art elevating whatever Kibblesmith was going to emotional when it needed to be based on for example, the first few pages of the book with the young heroes playing a game where it started to turn into drama with Woody finding out that Eric (Quantum) had kept a secret about his real father this entire time.

Kibblesmith really does nail the characterization and the book’s tone very well where it didn’t once feel jarring, they both came in naturally. Narrative wise, you understand Woody’s motivation to find his father-even if it means teaming up with a supervillain he knows by the name of Negative One, who was kind of a scene stealer due to her sardonic attitude and how she was able to get both heroes to go along with her. Though with Eric, she didn’t even have to say anything to get him to come and I’ll leave it at that.

Kano’s art as I said, compliments the writing and I want to spotlight the facial expressions on all the characters. They emote just about right without going over the top. It never once feels exaggerated, maybe aside from one or two moments where maybe it didn’t look right but that could just be me. And Kano is not a pushover with the action scenes either or when displaying the superpowers from both characters like when Woody pushes away Eric, the impact and aftermath is very well done especially when you toss in the fact that while it started dramatic, it ended with a small joke for levity.

If there is one qualm I have with this, is that this could leave potential new readers lost. I mean, this new ongoing could serve as a good introduction but if you’re coming to these characters and this new ongoing late, you may be lost. I mean, I got the gist of it easy enough but other readers may not be lucky but it’s a testament to Kibblesmith to make this book accessible to even non-fans of this book. While in terms of superheroes, my heart will always belong to the likes of Marvel, Sailor Moon, Power Rangers and others, Valiant superheroes I don’t doubt will be added to my personal favorites.

If you’re a fan of these characters and enjoying this book so far, keep on reading. If not for either, well, there’s always reading the likes of other Valiant heroes like Faith.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Jon

Top Pick: Silencer #1 (DC Comics) – Dan Abnett is always good and John Romita Jr’s art looks better than it has in years. Of all the New Age of Heroes line this one probably interested me the least but I am definitely in.

Detective Comics Annual #1 (DC Comics) – James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows at the top of their game and a new origin of one of my favorite Batman villains? Yes, please.

Eternal (Black Mask Studios) – A beautifully drawn and colored graphic novella that virtually demands to be re-read.

 

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart (Black Mask Studios) – The world of Black expands with this first spin-off a graphic novel that’s really interesting and entertaining. Black is a world where only Black individuals have superpowers. You can imagine the implications of that. Where the first volume was all about that truth coming out and the conspiracy hiding it ending, this volume moves beyond that… and adds a hell of a twist. Definitely catching me off guard, this is a sequel that improves upon the original.

Dark Ark #5 (AfterShock Comics) – The series about that “other arc” continues and I’m fascinated to see where this dark Biblical story goes.

Dark Nights: Metal #5 (DC Comics) – Things really get crazy here as things go from bad to worse. It lives up to the word “dark.” For an “event,” this series has delivered.

DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster (DC Comics) – I love this all ages series and this latest graphic novel is adorable.

JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – “Milk Wars” begins! I have no idea what this is about or what to expect, but I’m intrigued.

Motherlands #1 (Vertigo) – A future where bounty hunters are celebrities and parallel worlds exist. It all sounds really interesting and fun.

Quantum and Woody #2 (Valiant) – Speaking of fun… the worst superhero partners in the world are also the most entertaining. Superhero action that constantly puts a smile to my face and gets me to laugh. So happy these two are back.

Review: Quantum & Woody #1

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“Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your troublemaking adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome superpowers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.”

There is a lot to talk about Quantum and Woody #1. Firstly, the sheer number of variant covers is unreal, almost comical, really, because there is the ultimate variant cover that will out variant any variant by design (which is utterly brilliant), as well as the “oh shit we ran out of foil so lets just use a bunch of different types for cover 1B” accidental variant that will inevitably drive sales high as completists look to collect every possible variation of the numerous different foil covers available. Oh, and there’s also quite a few meme variants where the title characters are mimicking different popular internet memes. And this doesn’t even begin to cover the single issue second printing to benefit the CBLDF.

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To say that Valiant are embracing the idea of variant covers with this comedy series would be fairly accurate. Once you  get past all the bells and whistles of the metric fuck tonne of variants, you’re left wondering whether the series has any hope of sustaining enough of a readership on its own merits, or whether the sales will drop off once the variants are done.Coming into this issue, I had read one issue of featuring these characters before (Q2: The Return Of Quantum And Woody #1) and then never went back for the second issue – that should tell you what I thought of it. Needless to say, I was going into this with some trepidation and with a whole lot of fog regarding who the characters were. I needn’t have been worried. Written by Colbert Report writer Daniel KibblesmithQuantum & Woody #1 features art and colours by Kano, the opening to the new series starts with an appropriately titled Don’t Call It A Threepreat (which immediately put the utterly unrelated LL Cool J song in my head) that lets you know from the outset that this is a continuation of Quantum and Woody’s story, and not an attempt to reboot the pair for a new audience.

But that doesn’t mean new readers (such as myself) will be lost. QW2017_001_007There’s a useful recap blurb at the beginning that gives you the basics (such as that the pair need to Klang to stay alive, but not why – which is ultimately irrelevant), and the rest is filled in throughout the issue itself in some well placed exposition. Kibblesmith packs a lot of story into this issue, and yet the comic never feels crowded or rushed; it has that unique quality of moving the story along without sacrificing the pacing or characterization. That being said, the issue strays dangerously close to feeling like a collection of moments rather than a cohesive single issue as we explore several different (yet still relevant) points in the lives of our heroes.

Where there is no little niggles is the brilliantly chaotic art. Credit for that belongs to Kano and the way his pages are laid out. They’re great. The early issue chase scene involving an ice cream truck is kinetic, the shit from the fan nearly splatters your hands and face as you read the scene, all while enveloped in a colour scheme that will leave your eyes bleeding.

That probably sounds awful, doesn’t it? But it’s not; far from it, in fact because Quantum & Woody #1 is a visual treat that stands above the numerous variant options available.

Gimmick covers aside, the content of the comic itself does more than enough to pull you in for the second (and possibly third) issue on its own merits. A successful return for the worlds worst superhero team, and one that doesn’t require any familiarity with the two.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Kano
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.98 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but I picked my copy up from my LCS today.

Daniel Kibblesmith Talks the Return of Quantum & Woody

Sometimes… you embrace your destiny. And sometimes… you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is… and where he’s been hiding all these years.

Consider yourself warned…

This December the world’s worst superhero team return in the all new Quantum & Woody #1 written by Daniel Kibblesmith with art by Kano.

We got a chance to talk to Daniel about the new series as well as his writing for The Late Show and the difference between digital and print.

GP: How’d you become a writer, especially one focused on comedy?

Daniel Kibblesmith: Well, I always wrote and drew and generally made stuff. I wanted to be a filmmaker from an early age, and taught myself how to make claymation shorts on our family’s VHS camcorder. It wasn’t until I got to film school that I realized how the duties are divided up and that the writing was the part I cared about the most – plus, being on sets stressed me the hell out. When I was making short films, it was at the beginning of YouTube, and I figured out that no one really wanted to watch a three-minute drama, but they would totally check out a comedy sketch. I was naturally inclined toward comedy, so I committed. From there I took Second City classes, tried stand-up, and made friends in the comedy community, which eventually blossomed into this whole career-like object.

GP: You’ve previously written for Valiant, how’d you wind up on Quantum & Woody? How well did you know the characters coming on to the project?

DK: I knew them pretty well. Quantum and Woody was my entry point into Valiant, because I knew James Asmus a little bit from the comedy world, and I was told that you didn’t need to know anything about Valiant to get into Q&W. I loved them right away, especially in The Delinquents team-up series, so I’ve had my eye on Quantum and Woody for a while. They seemed like a good fit for another comedy/comics writer like me.

GP: Was it a bit of an adjustment to go from writing for things like the Late Show to writing for Valiant and comics in general?

DK: Not really, because I still do both every day. I compare it to playing different video games sometimes – both video games could require a lot of overlapping skills, like timing or coordination, but the headspace and rhythm you slide into could be really different between, say Mario Kart and Smash Bros. (Nintendo, I mentioned your intellectual properties, please send me a free Switch).

GP: For those who haven’t been introduced to the characters before, how would you describe Quantum and Woody?

DK: Quantum and Woody are “the world’s worst superheroes” -– two dysfunctional adopted brothers, one straight-laced black guy (Eric) and one reckless white guy (Woody), who become estranged in childhood and reunite to solve their scientist father’s murder. But while investigating his lab, they accidentally blow things up and get superpowers (Quantum makes force fields, Woody shoots explosive blasts), and also get two golden bracelets fused to their wrists that have to be KLANG’D together every 24 hours to re-stabilize their molecules and stop them from turning into energy. So no matter how angry they get at each other, they’re basically stuck with each other.

GP: What’s your process like when you sit down to write?

 

DK: I don’t really have a set process outside of the Late Show office, where everything is driven by the schedule of producing that day’s show. It leaves me nights and weekends to carve out time to get actual pages written, but a lot of the breakthroughs are incidental, which won’t surprise anyone else who writes. I think most of my ideas for Quantum and Woody came to me in the shower at the gym or walking to and from work, when my wind can wander. It’s great for dialogue, because I just kind of let my mind go blank and imagine them bantering on an empty stage back and forth until I’ve got way, way more bickering than I can actually fit in word balloons.

GP: Quantum & Woody has a nice history with Valiant and the last few volumes have built off the madness of the previous. You reference some previous adventures but as a writer how do you balance the history with making the comic easy to pick up for new readers?

DK: Well, for one thing, the hook. You don’t really need to know who Quantum and Woody are to appreciate a buddy-action-comedy-superhero-family-drama. Also, “Quantum and Woody” is one of the most bizarre names you give a comic, which I think it one of the reasons it’s stuck around all these years. It leaps off the shelves at you like, “What the hell kind of name is Quantum and Woody and how are these black and white guys brothers?” And if you’ve heard anything about it, you probably know that it’s funny. So we worked really hard to make this a brand-new jumping on point for readers –  if they’ve heard of Quantum and Woody before but were just waiting for a new #1, or if they know my work from Twitter, or the Late Show, or the dumpster I scream my rejected jokes into at night.

GP: You’ve done all sorts of writing, print, television, comics. How does the fact you have visuals change how you might approach a joke?

DK: Comics and comedy both have something really important in common, which is timing. The most fun for me is using the visuals to tell the story in a way that it feels like it’s playing out before your eyes, and take advantage of those storytelling devices to land different kinds of jokes – like the interminable silence that’s implied by a grid of identical panels with no dialogue, or being able to use flashbacks or little insets to reveal people’s secret motivations and reactions. Now that I think about it, something like Arrested Development, with the narrator and all the jumping around in time and points of view, would’ve made a really funny comic book.

GP: You wrote the Valiant High comiXology Original comic. What’s the impact the digital aspect has on the story? Is the fact that is what you’re writing for impact how you approached the story? How does an ongoing print series differ from a digital one?

DK: It really makes me wish I’d learned where the ads are going to be. Some writers I really admire have a very conscious awareness of “left page, right page, reveal page, opposite facing pages, double-page spread,” and I didn’t teach myself any of that for Valiant High, because I was picturing it as one-page-at-a-time on an iPad with no screen-rotating. That doesn’t mean Quantum and Woody won’t have double page spreads in it, though. In fact, Issue #2 is all double page spreads. Unless Valiant says no.

GP: What’s the biggest difference between writing for comics versus television versus prose?

DK: For me, it’s the voice you’re writing for. At The Late Show, you’re writing for the rhythm and delivery of a late-night talk show host telling the story of today’s events, and what our country is going through, in a kind of shared POV that gets filtered through his own sensibility. In the comics, you’re telling a story through characters who have their own personalities and dialogue ticks, and are at odds with each other by design. It’s sort of like essay versus novel, but way more lowbrow and with more energy drink ads.

GP: Thanks so much for chatting and looking forward to the comic!

Check out a preview for the first issue below.

Valiant’s Icons Trailer Spotlights Bloodshot Salvation, Ninja-K and Quantum and Woody

Valiant has revealed the fully animated video trailer for the publisher’s “Icons” initiative – an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events featuring the Valiant Universe’s biggest and most demanded heroes! Out of the record-setting success of X-O Manowar (2017) #1 – the year’s best-selling ongoing series from any independent publisher – “Icons” is preparing to go further than ever before with three all-new, must-read monthly series colliding the publisher’s hardest-hitting and most iconic characters with an A-level roster of creative talents that will push Valiant to its furthest heights yet…


FIRST: On October 25th, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan leave a wreckage-strewn trail of villains, vengeance, and vendettas behind Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge weapon of war in Bloodshot Salvation #2 – the next issue of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES continuing Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga!

Today, Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile, in the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? What has become of Bloodshot? This fall, the answers in await in Bloodshot Salvation #2 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Monika Palosz, Philip Tan, Greg Smallwood, and Glenn Fabry!


THEN: On November 15th, Valiant “Icons” unleashes a new assignment for Colin King, the latest in a long line of international operatives assigned to defend queen and country on behalf of Britain’s black-budget secret service, in Ninja-K #1 – the 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW, EXPLOSIVE ONGOING SERIES from renowned writer Christos Gage and superstar artist Tomás Giorello!

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globe-trotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of Armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. But now… an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

On November 15th, join all-star creators Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello as they lead Ninjak on a manhunt through a cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue, only in Ninja-K #1 – featuring covers by Trevor Hairsine, rising star Lucas Troya, Tonci Zonjic, Kenneth Rocafort, and David Mack!


FINALLY: On December 20th, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when Quantum and Woody! #1 (2017) – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW and UNTRUSTWORTHY ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and explosive artist Kano – makes headlines and take names!

Sometimes… you embrace your destiny. And sometimes… you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is… and where he’s been hiding all these years.

Consider yourself warned… This winter, the world’s worst superhero team is careening back into action as Valiant’s “ICONS” initiative throws the comic book industry’s sense of propriety straight into the wood chipper for the most heartfelt, most eye-popping, and most punching-est superhero-action-family-drama-buddy-comedy throwdown of the year, only in Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 – featuring covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, Geoff Shaw, Nick Pitarra, comics legend Neal Adams, and Clayton Henry… and every gimmick known to man!

The Russo Brothers to Produce Valiant’s Quantum and Woody

It’s being reported that the Russo Brothers will be tackling another comic property once their work on The Avengers: Infinity War wraps up. The project based on Quantum and Woody sounds like it’ll be a television project according to The Wrap who first reported the news.

The comic series is about the “world’s worst super-duo” is published by Valiant Entertainment but created by Christopher Priest and MD Bright and first published in 1997 and ran until 1998 with another short run in late 1999 and early 2000. A second volume launched in 2013.

Anthony and Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, and Dinesh Shamdasani will executive produce the series. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will script the pilot and also executive produce. The duo are behind Marvel’s Ant-Man and it’s sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp.

This is the latest live-action project based on Valiant properties. The comic company is working with Sony and screenwriter Eric Heisserer on films based on Harbinger and Bloodshot. Feature films based on Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman are also being worked on. The company also announced a live action project Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe at New York Comic Con in 2016. The webseries is being produced with Bat in the Sun Productions.

Quantum and Woody is about interracial brothers who are given superpowers after a lab accident and must deal with the murder of their father. One’s straightlaced and the other is a complete screw-up and together the series and characters are a fantastic mix of spandex superheroes and comedy.

(via The Wrap)

Valiant Heads to Farrago Comics for FREE Digital Comics

farrago comicsWe’re got the scoop and breaking the news that Farrago Comics will now be offering comics from Valiant Entertainment through their digital app. Valiant will be offering issues #1 and #2 of the popular X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and more, all for free.

The Farrago Comics app, allows individuals to read comic books for free with revenue generated from full-page ads. In January, Farrago announced a partnership with IDW Publishing where they offered ten #1 issues. This also marked the apps move out of beta. In February, the company launched into original comics through a Kickstarter for Rob Kutner’s Shrinkage which is illustrated by John Lucas.

The app is available for iPad and Android.

Check out the complete list of what’s on, or coming to the app:

Valiant Entertainment comics now available on Farrago:

  • Archer & Armstrong #1 & #2
  • Harbinger #1 & #2
  • X-O Manowar #1 & #2
  • Bloodshot #1 & #2
  • Eternal Warrior #1
  • Shadowman #1
  • Harbinger Wars #1 (of 4)

Valiant Entertainment comics coming to Farrago on March 18, 2014:

  • Eternal Warrior #2
  • Quantum and Woody #1
  • Unity #1
  • Shadowman #2
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