Rating: 4/5 – Nicely paced introduction of the title characters
Quantum & Woody is a “Valiant Fan Favorite” reintroduction of the eponymous title duo. They had a strong following for their 1997-99 series from Acclaim, probably the best thing to come out of Acclaim (a re-branding of the original Valiant). To the credit of the new Valiant and writer James Asmus, this series completely stands on it’s own and a reader can pick this #1 issue up off the stands and thoroughly enjoy it with zero prior knowledge of the “old stuff”. What’s even better is that it just feels right compared to the originals and while it’s a relaunch it’s a 100% respectful relaunch updating & enhancing the original material as opposed to ignoring or denigrating the originals as is done by some other publishers when handling a relaunch.
Tom Fowler’s art is a perfect match for the story by Asmus, he has a great sense of humor in his art but more tongue in cheek than broadly comedic. The panel-to-panel story flow worked wonderfully, the best part was the lack of gratuitous splash pages and double page spreads that are overused in so many comics. We get one full page splash to end the issue and it’s appropriate from an artistic & storytelling perspective. We get a lot of necessary setup in this issue, but a decent amount of story flow too. That said, the story looks like it will really kick into gear with #2. I was given everything I needed to understand and enjoy this issue between the covers of #1 and I’m looking forward to next issue, which is the exact mission of a #1 comic.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – email@example.com
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