Quantum and Woody Must Die! 2

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?!])

James Asmus
Steve Lieber
Mike Hawthorne
Johnnie Christmas
Chip Zdarsky
Alejandro Arbona
A screwball comedy? A story about revenge
gone awry? Two idiots getting the justice they deserve? I must admit, going into
this I wasn’t sure what it was, having not read #1. However, it soon became
apparent that it was a mixture of all three. Valiant are on a good run of
recent, producing series with less than conventional heroes, thrust into
situations that prove to be the making of them.
Q+W is one such series, which follows two
brothers who are superheroes, whose career seems to have been a mixture of
cashing in on their fame and causing harm to people and property to the tune of
a small countries’ annual GDP. So naturally, when a small band citizens of
their town decide to get their revenge, it isn’t going to be pretty…
Yet, come issue 2, it seems that it’s
backfired, turning a duo once hated by everyone into unlikely comeback kids. It’s
a great idea – especially as the duo are complete opposites. Woody is a fame
courting, money hungry idiot who despises the idea of a secret identity, whilst
Quantum still dons a mask and tries to help out others because it’s the right
thing to do in his eyes.
As for the comedy itself, well, it’s hit
and miss. The comic’s rather broad sense of humour never made me laugh out
loud, but neither did it leave me cold, eliciting smiles and the odd grin all
the time I was reading it. What helped I think was having the characters be
more than just one dimensional jokes – Quantum isn’t exactly clueless, but he’s
far more noble than Woody and new to the idea of fame. Woody on the other hand
is a bit of a swine, but even he doesn’t want his brother to experience the
extreme ups and downs of fame and become like he is, desperate the recapture
It may be me, but it also has a higher
standard of art than I’m used to from Valiant, Steve Lieber’s pencils bringing
out the detail and letting a lot of the comic timing work properly thanks to
his exaggerated movement lines.
This being the first time I’ve encountered
the duo, I’m still wondering if this is all it is, or if there is an unexpected
level of depth that will appear and endear me to it. Even if it is, the mixture
of laughs and first rate art means that ‘for all it is’,
that’s not really a bad thing.
image courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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