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It's another MightyVille Advance Review from Joe Kach! This time he takes an early look at Quantum & Woody #1, courtesy of the fine folks at Valiant Entertainment. Is this new number 1 a winner? Read on!

 

It's another MightyVille Advance Review from Joe Kach! This time he takes an early look at Quantum & Woody #1, courtesy of the fine folks at Valiant Entertainment. Is this new number 1 a winner? Read on!

 

Well, they are certainly back, ladies & gentlemen! Valiant promised us the return of the “World’s Worst Superhero Team”, and we certainly got it. Except, spoiler, no Goat yet, so don’t let the cover fool you!

The rebooted timeless tale of the estranged “brothers” does deviate slightly from the original fable: Eric and Woody Henderson, while investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding their father’s death, stumble upon an energy experiment and unwittingly imbue themselves with as-of-yet undefined super powers. By making Eric and Woody actual adopted brothers, the story is more streamlined, emboldens the sense of family between the two leads, and allows for a more focused history.

 

 

They two also end up naked in front of a group of policemen, but I think that’s a new addition to the story.

Writer James Asmus and artist Tom Fowler handle this fairly straight-forward and by-the-numbers opening chapter fairly well. We’re given a good glimpse at the opposing personalities of the two “heroes” while also being privy to just enough back-story into Derek Henderson’s death to keep the reader interested in the underlying plot. Eric and Woody are each dealing with different demons in different ways after parting company years ago. Will the death of their father help them overcome their issues and be a family once more? I think the answer is “yes,” but it’s going to be quite a while.

There’s good amount of humor injected into the book, especially a bit about a botched laboratory break-in as perpetrated by Woody. And the creators certainly want the “World’s Worst Superhero Team” catchphrase front and center! There’s also a decent amount of action. It’s very much in the same vein as a summer blockbuster that would star Johnny Depp. Fowler’s art is a nice mix of classic and modern, in some ways lending itself to the original Q&W artist, Mark Bright. It’s not quite as polished as the art on the other Valiant titles though, but that also sets it apart from the rest. Jordie Bellaire, as usual, nails the colors.

 

 

I was hoping for a little bit more of a hook, or the addition of a new piece to the storyline. While I’m definitely on board for the rest of the arc, it’s not with the enthusiasm I was expecting. This was by no means a bad issue, quite the opposite, but going up against the other summer comic book launches and events, Q&W #1 might lose a bit of footing, without that extra “oomph”.

Quantum & Woody #1 was an enjoyable opening to what is sure to be a fun saga. With a solid story combining both humor and over-the-top action and the quality-assured presence of Valiant Entertainment behind it, this series is going to go places with a “Klang!” It’s definitely a book I would recommend to those looking for something a bit different in their traditional superhero faire.



Quantum & Woody #1 from Valiant Entertainment will be available July 10th, 2013.

 

Who else is psyched for the Q&W Relaunch? Let us know!

 

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