Quantum and Woody Must Die! 3+4

R.I.P. Quantum and Woody!

A conspiracy is exposed! Plotters are
thwarted! Would-be assassins get thoroughly trounced! Is there anything Quantum
and Woody CAN’T do? But as the brothers settle into a steady rhythm, they
discover the hard way that their lives will never be the same again. Not least
James Asmus
Steve Lieber
Alejandro Arbona
As the series passes over into its second
half, I’ve managed to get a better feel for what it is trying to accomplish. As
a self aware buddy comedy, it’s quite successful too, though the lingering
issues of the first two issues do remain.
From suicide bomber sloth’s and blowing up
pandas to villains who are unkillable Frenchmen, the series doesn’t stray far
from dark humour, even if a lot of it is slapstick based. What has made the
series a little deeper than just one set of slightly farcical setups after
another is the small veins of humanity from our characters. Woody is the
scumbag of the lead duo, happy to do anything to make a quick buck but aware
he’s messing up his brothers life, which at least means you are able to like
him. Meanwhile Quantum is naive and sweet, still believing in helping others
for the sake of.
It’s Quantum who was the person I liked the
most (and probably identified with to be honest), as his  attempts to flirt with a fan, who happens to
be a member of a security agency that is trying to control the two brothers.
Not that that really matters too much. The actual events of the series are
pretty irrelevant and pay second fiddle to the duo’s blunders as they navigate
their way through calamity after calamity.
Which is fine- it’s deliberately silly in
the same way a Seth Rogan or Judd Apatow film is. Those who are fans of their
type of comedy will love Quantum and Woody Must Die! as a series. But as humour
is subjective, so I have to admit it doesn’t quite work for me personally. I
think it’s because there aren’t any real stakes-I came into the series
ambivalent about the characters and left the same. They hadn’t really changed
at all and there were a lot of story and character beats left finished so they
can be picked up in a later series (maybe?).
If I can’t really be made to care too much
about the characters, should I be obliged to pick up another potential future
series to hope that half finished arc’s get completed? Perhaps for some it will
be enough. Comics are never ending soap opera’s after all.
But it’s not really enough for me. Which is
a shame.
Cover image courtesy of Valiant

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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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