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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

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)!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang TPB

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) VOL. 1: KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG TPB

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO with FRANCIS PORTELA
Additional Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (APR181868)
$9.99 | 128 pgs. | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-269-0

The world’s worst superhero team returns in an explosive new ongoing series!

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.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This summer, 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 make headlines and take names! Starting right here, deeply alarming and untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1–5.

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

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.

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