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4LN Advance Comic Review and Preview – Quantum & Woody Must Die #1

Series: Quantum & Woody Must Die
Writer: James Asmus
Art: Steve Lieber, with Dave McCaig and Dave Lanphear
Publisher: Valiant Comics

Summary from Valiant Comics:

Multiple Harvey Award nominee James Asmus (Quantum and Woody, The Delinquents) and Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) are here to bring the most talked-about, most award-not-winning-est heroes in comics to a whole new high! Unfortunately, there are a bunch of people that would like to kill them up there.

They came. They saw. They pissed off a whole lotta folks. And now a team of mystery vigilantes has singled out the world’s worst superhero team for complete and utter destruction. Their first target: their minds! But who are these all-new enemies? Are Quantum and Woody hitting it off with a sexy duo of cat burglars? And, dear god, what have they done to the goat? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Sex Criminals isn’t the only comic that can quote Queen, comics fans – here come Quantum and Woody! (Or so they think! [Trippy, right?!])

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Quantum & Woody is my new favorite comic. Those characters, and what James Asmus has done with them, is absolutely, unequivocally, without a doubt… the best thing in modern comics. And I run a comic book news & reviews website so clearly I know what I’m talking about and therefore you shouldn’t question my vast knowledge and omnipotence. (You see what the other 4LN guys have to put with?)

So, as soon as Quantum & Woody became my new favorite, Valiant goes and does this $h!+! (That last exclamation point is an actual exclamation, not a part of the expletive). Here’s a transcript of the conversation I attempted to have with them regarding the subject…

Do you see that $h!+?! (See previous expletive note.) I tried to be polite and friendly and they just got all flippant and rude! How could those bastards be so cold, so cruel, so heartless?! Do they even care about how important Quantum & Woody are to our nation’s cultural and economic growth?! Am I the only one who recognizes how desperately we need them to save us not only from the vile super-villains that plague our society but sometimes, just sometimes, we even need them to save us from ourselves… (Side note: auto-correct tried to get me to change “super-villains” to “vaudevillians” so Valiant, if you’re reading this, I think I may have just discovered the name of Quantum & Woody’s next team of foes. That is, assuming, you END THIS DEATH OF QUANTUM AND WOODY CHARADE RIGHT THIS INSTANT!) I’m sorry. I got a little carried away and I sincerely apologize. (This has gone on entirely too long…)

How’s about we get down to business finally. Quantum & Woody #1 continues the adventures of everyone’s favorite terrible superhero duo. If you made it this far you probably already read the summary from the murderous cretins over at Valiant so in order to avoid being too repetitious I’ll not repeat the summary that way you don’t end up reading a bunch of redundancies. (I’m gonna lay off the Valiant ridicule now because the last thing I want is for them to send Ninjak or Bloodshot after me. I LOVE YOU VALIANT! YOU’RE ALL AMAZING PEOPLE! PLEASE DON’T SEND RAI TO MURDER ME!)

James Asmus is once again in great form here, putting the guys in situations they couldn’t possibly get out of without being hopelessly disorganized and dysfunctional. Quantum & Woody face every obstacle head on with maturity, class, wisdom… oh who am I kidding… they face every obstacle in this issue the same way they’ve faced every obstacle in the past…with extreme hesitation, incompetence, and just a tad bit of racism! (Ok, so that last part is mostly Woody. This time he offends people of the Asian demographic! That’s a new one I think…)

Meanwhile, Goat (who also just happens to be the host for Quantum & Woody’s dead father’s consciousnesses) is preparing to give birth! I should clarify, if you haven’t read the previous Quantum & Woody series then you’re gonna be really lost and confused here, but hey! That’s what recap pages are for!

One of my favorite things in comics is when there are random and/or obscure pop-cultural references. It enhances the reading experience and helps to keep comics relevant. I struggle with serious comics. I’m like, “God… move on… we get it already… Every hundred years the gods come to earth pretending to be sorceresses who hide in the trees and torment little girls who just so happen to have superpowers but are unknowingly possessed by a demon that comes from a dimension of naked frog people.” That plot is getting really overused people. Give me a good ol’ fashioned reference to The Wire or 90’s gangster rap songs any day. And Quantum and Woody Must Die #1 has both of those and more! This is the definition of a win-win situation if ever I’ve seen one.

Mr. Steve Lieber and his team have done a great job with the artwork and lettering here in this issue. It’s got a clean, classic comic book look and the colors are perfect. But don’t just take it from me! Check out these preview pages that the noble, generous, and all-around great folks over at Valiant sent to us! And make sure you pick up Quantum and Woody Must Die #1 when it hits the stands at your local comic shop tomorrow!

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Variant Cover by JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS

 

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Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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