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Those guys are the worst! Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father's murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose - and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime! Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and ...
Those guys are the worst! Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father's murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose - and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime! Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! (And, yes, there is a goat too.)
Collecting Quantum and Woody #1-4 by creators James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), start reading here to jump into the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic that Comic Book Resources calls "yet another critically acclaimed hit for Valiant Comics."
Posted September 29, 2014
Quantum and Woody: The Worlds Worst Superhero Team. The tagline is no joke – when you team up two brothers, one a straight laced, ex military guy and the other, well, a slacker, and require them to stick together to stay alive…well, you can imagine what happens. This is a re-imagining of the hit series from when Acclaim ran Valiant (one of the few hits they had). In the first issue we see the back story of the two (Eric and Woody), as they obtain their powers and get accused of murdering their father. We are also introduced to the “Goat” (who actually plays an important role later on in the comic).
This is a humor comic, more slap stick and absurdist comedy than anything else. The art was okay, but very different from the standard art in other Valiant comics (presumably to make this book more obviously separated from the rest of the Valiant Universe, even though they inhabit that same place). I didn’t like the art as much, and felt it distracted a little bit from the story, but not as much as some other titles.
Lots of bickering between the siblings, and very…unusual villains and opponents make this story relatively unique. It doesn’t have the same feel as the original series (but then again, that is standard with “reimagining”) but it holds its own well enough to interest a casual reader. Obviously this is the best starting place for people to start reading the comic, and my hunch is most people will enjoy it.
Posted January 27, 2014
Quantum and Woody - A comic from Valiant that doesn't take itself too seriously, and still provides an entertaining quality read.
The book's basic plot centres on the two children of Derek Henderson: Eric, the biological child and Woody, the adopted child. One day Derek Henderson is murdered and Eric and Woody are called in for questioning by the police. Upon it becoming clear that their father was murdered, they set about getting to the bottom of the mystery.
Now, if this is all sounding a bit heavy so far, don't fret! The book never actually falls into an overly heavy tone, as hilarity is prevalent throughout the book: even during these early scenes slapstick comedy action and witty one-liners occur, keeping the book surprisingly light in tone. The 'fun factor' of the book then gets turned up to eleven as Eric and Woody get caught up in a science lab disaster whilst investigating their late father's lab and as a result of this, end up acquiring mysterious 'super powers' - at the expense of having their body's molecules destabilising and dissipating on an almost constant basis. The solution to this: The trademark action of the characters with accompanying phrase - [the] 'Klang!'. As they 'klang' together their respective mysterious metal wristbands that they acquired during the lab accident, it somehow restabilises their molecular makeup (for roughly another 24 hours). This mechanic makes for some very entertaining and funny early sequences that occur in this book, such as the naked shootout with the police as one example...*ahem!*, and also features as a central plot device as at one point in this book Eric has to rush to save Woody (and himself!) from almost completely destabilising altogether as he's detained in the wicked clutches of a mysterious evil organisation!
It's hard to not effervesce and enthuse about this book, because it's simply _so much fun_. The plot is entertaining to the max and the characters are extremely well written and illustrated. The characters are given a very healthy dose of depth throughout the book, and even within the very first issue, as their past is delved into and explored by way of sepia-style 'past' sequences which always link contextually to the 'current' events that are occurring. The 'evil organisation' is given relevance, history and depth by way of a hilarious 'flashback' sequence (of sorts, I'm not going to give away this gem here!) and even the 'bad guys' are given a certain level of character development which makes them more interesting, even if some of them don't make it as far as the end of the book!
The quality in which the characters is written is fantastic in itself, yet the art lends SO much more to the way the characters come across. Tom Fowler is the artist here, and even though I'm not in the least familiar with any of his previous work on any other project, I instantly became a fan of this work on Quantum and Woody due to the brilliant way in which he draws physicality and movement into the characters, not to mention the facial expressions that he draws so well. The art really is a treat in this book, and it pushes an already great book up to the next level.
I'd probably go so far as to say that I think this book could be a really good introduction to the world of comics for people. The lighthearted nature of the book makes it easily approachable, and the tongue-in cheek 'superhero' routine that occurs in this book is a very funny schtick on the stereotypes of 'costumed comics' which, for anyone who's perhaps not that bothered about that kind of thing, makes this a very good laugh. The quality of the story of course holds the book up in its own right, so essentially it's resulted in being a very easy to pick up and enjoy book, straight from the go, for anyone that reads it.
Overall, a fantastic book with extremely well written and drawn characters that entertains through quality of story, with genuinely entertaining humour to make it a very, very fun and rewarding read. I'd really recommend it to anyone, especially 'new' readers of comics.
Brilliant new comic from Valiant.