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Exclusive: Christopher Hastings Talks Quantum and Woody Plus an Exclusive Look at issue 4!

Quantum & Woody is the world’s worst, to us one of the best, superhero teams. Fans will be able to get their hands on the finale to the current volume, Quantum & Woody #4, on July 8 with the final order cut off on June 15th from writer Christopher Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, colors by Ruth Redmond, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits! What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!

Quantum & Woody #4

Writer Christopher Hastings talked to us about the series and we have an exclusive first look at the final issue.

Graphic Policy: Before we get started, I’ve got to warn you that the first three issues have been some of my favorite comics from the last year. I’m really enjoying the approach you’re taking with the story and the characters; how did you end up writing the World’s Worst superheroes?

Christopher Hastings: Well, thank you very much! I’ve been a lifetime fan of these characters, and it’s a massive honor to contribute to their ongoing story. As for how I wound up writing them, that’s all on our editor, Heather Antos. Heather was my editor on Unbelievable Gwenpool, and thank goodness it seems like I did a good enough job that she thought I would be good for Valiant’s best action-comedy characters.

GP: As I read the first three issues, I’ve noticed that the creative team has been in a groove from the first page. Did you know any of the creative team prior to the first issue?

CH: As our scheduling went, I don’t think we actually had our full team set by the time I finished the script for the fourth issue, which is unusual. Heather and Valiant really did me a kindness as far as getting the story down well ahead of time, which allowed us all to really make sure that the story across all the issues is cohesive. That said, Ryan Browne and I came up in a similar time of webcomics, and I think we always had similar sensibilities, so when Heather suggested putting us together, it was a no-brainer. Ryan and I are two celestial objects that have been in a decaying orbit for years, and Quantum and Woody is the project where we finally collided.

GP: How does working with Valiant differ from working with other publishers?

CH: I think the biggest thing is how much I’ve been able to get to know the sales and marketing folks. These are the people who take my insane little fantasies and have to get them into comic shops. It’s been a really wonderful experience getting to talk to them on a regular basis, take road trips to signings with them, and just get to see what that side of the comics industry looks like. It’s easy for the writer of a comic to be removed from the whole picture, but with Valiant, I feel like I get to be along for the whole trip, from inception to every individual reader.

GP: Do you approach writing for an ongoing series differently than a miniseries?

CH: Certainly! If I know a miniseries is 4 issues, I’m not going to introduce something in issue 2 that I’ll “pick up later”. When I write, I’m really conscious of the beats of various plots, and I want to make sure there is room for all of them. I don’t want to do a beat 1 and 2 if I can’t do a 3.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Each issue so far has essentially been a self-contained story; did the series initially set out that way, or did it evolve as you were writing?

CH: This was probably my top priority/artistic goal when I got the chance to even just pitch for Quantum & Woody. I miss episodic comics, and I wanted to make a real effort at putting them out myself. A comedy is especially well suited for this style of serialized storytelling. Drop in for a particularly funny issue, even if you haven’t read the previous! You can watch any episode of Cheers without seeing another one. Why can’t we do that in comics? I’ve also read just about every comic Marvel put out in the 60s thanks to their Essential collections, and it was the same there. If it’s good enough for Stan Lee, it’s good enough for me.

GP: Can you talk a little about your inspiration behind Woody’s “disguise” in the first issue? I thought that the sewer sequence was a great reminder to not see what you wanted to see.

CH: Clark Kent can convince people he isn’t Superman with a dumpy suit, glasses, and his hair parted on the other side of his head. Why can’t Woody?

GP: You’ve been using the brother’s powers in unique ways throughout the series; do you ever feel you’re in danger of making them competent heroes?

CH: Haha, no I think they are far enough down on the ability ladder that it left some room for them to get a little better without totally destroying their entire deal. That said, one of my favorite things in comedy is when the all around idiot happens to show off the one tiny thing they are good at. A little bit of competence goes a long way as far as character likability goes.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Ryan Browne’s linework and layouts have been really exciting at times in this book, especially around the ice-skating scene. I’m always interested in how much direction writers give to artists in scenes such as those. Did it come out how you expected?

CH: Ryan is in my favorite class of artist where he can look at a fairly specific, panel-by-panel, shot-by-shot written out script, see what I’m *actually* trying to communicate, and make changes from the script to do it better, punching up the whole thing. Ryan gets down everything important in the story, and then he just PEPPERS the rest of it with a million fun extra things. It makes the book a very satisfying one to reread several times, honestly.

GP: Was there anything you wanted to include in this series, but had to end up saving it for the next?

CH: I have SO MANY ideas for what I would want to do with Quantum and Woody after this. I sure hope I get the chance. Fingers crossed x1M.

GP: If you could write any other Valiant character, who would it be?

CH: Top choice is easily Archer & Armstrong. Such a great premise, great world, infinite potential for hijinks. Close for second place is Ninjak, just because I am a long time fan. And third place, I’d love to do Bloodshot like an 80s action movie.

GP: Thanks so much for answering our questions!

Check out the exclusive preview below!

You Can Stay Valiant at Home with the Valiant Hero of the Week


There’s a new way to stay Valiant while you stay home: Valiant Hero of the Week!

We want to offer some entertainment and escapism for Valiant fans during this challenging period. Every Monday for the next several weeks, Valiant will post a poll on Twitter that features four heroes, and the fans will determine who becomes the Valiant Hero of the Week! Once a hero is selected by the end of Monday, they will be celebrated throughout the week with:

  • Engaging social content encouraging fans to share their favorite art, covers, stories, and more
  • Free PDFs featuring the hero
  • Videos from Valiant staff saying why they love the hero and suggesting ways to celebrate
  • Giveaways
  • And more!

Valiant Hero of the Week kicks off on Monday (March 30th) and the first poll will feature Bloodshot, Punk Mambo, Quantum & Woody, and Ninjak. Who will you vote for?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Falcon and Winter Soldier #1

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

2020 Force Works #1 (Marvel) – Spinning out of the “2020” mini-event a team must come together to take on the robot revolution!

Amethyst #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry in the Wonder Comics line, that puts the character in the spotlight after her reintroduction in Young Justice.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel) – Can a comic capture the big screen fun that is this buddy cop duo?

Far Sector #4 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – One of the best Green Lantern titles in years, the story is top notch and art is jaw dropping amazing.

Finger Guns #1 (Vault Comics) – Two teenagers find out they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns.

Hidden Society #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series from Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque introduce us to a world of wizards, deities, demons, and danger.

Leviathan Dawn #1 (DC Comics) – The next chapter after Event Leviathan. The heroes fight back!

Quantum & Woody #2 (Valiant) – The world’s worst superhero duo is always fun and full of humor and laughs.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika #1 (IDW Publishing) – The newest Turtle embarks on a solo adventure that explores her past and present.

Tomorrow #1 (Dark Horse) – A Russian computer virus has jumped the sepcies barrier and wiped out most of the adult population. Interesting concept that might be a bit too on the nose for today’s news.

Preview: Quantum and Woody #1


Pre-Order Edition Cover by TODD NAUCK
Cover E 1/20 “Extra Virgin” Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale FEBRUARY 26 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers!
But can Woody’s new visions of the future be trusted when it leads the duo to face their arch-rival DOCTOR TOILET?!
(No, they most certainly cannot.)


Quantum & Woody Go on a (Signing) Tour Plus Get an Exclusive Cover

Celebrate the release of Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) with writer Christopher Hastings and Ryan Browne!

The world’s best comic book creator duo will be at shops to talk about the world’s worst superhero duo from Wednesday, January 29th to Wednesday, February 5th. Each shop will have the Christopher Hastings exclusive variant (amazing Tango & Cash homage pictured below). See below for details.

Quantum and Woody #1 tour variant

Wednesday, January 29th
Christopher Hastings at Bulletproof Comics
Brooklyn, NY
Starts at 5:00pm

Wednesday, January 29th
Ryan Browne at Challenger Comics + Conversation
Chicago, IL
River North location starts at 4:00pm
Bucktown location starts at 6:00pm

Friday, January 31st
Christopher at Forbidden Planet
New York, NY
Starts at 6:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Christopher at East Side Mags
Montclair, NJ
Starts at 1:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Ryan at Kowabunga Comics
Oconomowoc, WI 
Starts at 12:00pm

Wednesday, February 5th
Christopher at October Country Comics
New Paltz, NY
Starts at 4:00pm 

We recommend showing up early to the signings, just to be safe. Please contact the comic shops directly for more information.

Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) is on sale on January 29th. 

Quantum & Woody Return in 2020 by Christopher Hastings, Ryan Browne, Ruth Redmond, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Supervillains and mad scientists are on the loose and only the world’s worst superhero duo can save us in an all-new Quantum & Woody series!  

This January, superstar scribe Christopher Hastings and astonishing artist Ryane Browne present Quantum & Woody #1, a side-splitting superhero adventure and the first brand-new title from #VALIANT2020! Feast your eyes on fun pages from the debut issue below and enjoy the ride!

The best team-up ever begins in Quantum & Woody #1 on January 29th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by David NakayamaDavid LopezDave Johnson, and Erica Henderson.


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.

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


Written by ELIOT RAHAL
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


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)!

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