Pastrami Comics Review: Quantum and Woody #1
Review by Nolan P. Smith-Pastrami Nation
Written by: James Asmus
Art by: Tom Fowler
Published by: Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantcomics.com)
They are billed as the world’s worst superhero team. That’s a tough act to follow. In the 90’s, Quantum and Woody were in a league all their own. With the humor, the amazing characterization, the goat: it was one of the brightest spots in that decade within the world of comics. But the not so dynamic duo has been gone for quite some time now: until now. The new Valiant Entertainment, who have had a string of amazing titles released as they bring back classic Valiant characters, has made the 2013 Summer of Valiant the time to bring the laughs back to the four color page. Quantum and Woody #1 is here, did it bring the applause with it?
Written by James Asmus (Thief of Thieves, Gambit) with art by Tom Fowler (Venom), this new incarnation of the duo lives up to the tagline: I would not want to have my life in the hands of these two not-so superheroes. But the book? It’s damn good. We get introduced to brothers Eric and Woody Henderson (brothers due to Woody being adopted) and the very different lives they lead. One is a service man in the military, and one is a no good con man. Sounds like a super hero duo, am I right? Of course, things go from bad to worst in this issue really quick, leading up to the inevitable super team up!
In this debut issue, we see a bit of an origin story as to how the two brothers gained powers, if they even have any, and what has brought them together. Asmus’s dialogue feels natural and flows nicely with Fowler’s clean lines. This is a great set up for what I am hoping to be another amazing Valiant revival. I had been looking forward to this one, and I must say, I wasn’t disappointed. Quantum and Woody brings the funny back to 2013, and I think fans old and new will enjoy the hell out of it. I give Quantum and Woody #1 a solid FOUR out of FIVE here at Pastrami Nation. Keep an eye on this one!