The Delinquents 1+2

In what might be the most insane,
ludicrous, and chuckle-inducing crossover from Valient, The Delinquents #1 and #2 proves to be a fun-loving,
off-the-wall story of mismatched “heroes” and super-powered outcasts. A
mysterious “hobo map,” which promises both a legendary adventure and bounty,
falls to the hands of Armstrong, an immortal who has taken a keen interest to the
vagrant life. Over time, a piece of it rips off and comes into the possession
of a very powerful (and very zen) agriculture company owner, Gerald Stano. Who
do you think he hires to find the treasure? No team other than the
wise-cracking, rule-breaking Quantum and Woody.
Fans of Quantum and Woody and Archer
& Armstrong
know what to expect: random tangents and throwaway
punchlines from the adopted brothers and misinterpretation from the
immortal/super-soldier duo. All of it seems to remain central to this comic,
including the world created around the two teams. The plot serves to
distinguish itself beyond a simple patch-job that merges the tones of both
comics; we get introduced to a corporation populated with murderous henchmen
(run by the aforementioned zen CEO) on the hunt for the mythical hobo treasure.
The contrast between the company’s rather violent “enforcement” policies (think
giant henchmen doing giant henchmen-y things) and the fact that they have “an
amazing, all-natural, homeopathic enema” highlights the ridiculous nature of both
of these comics, letting the two series fit neatly together.
Due to the planned
four-comic-arc, however, my only qualm with the first two issues is in its
pacing. As quickly as the two duos meet, their relationship runs the gamut of
emotions. Defensiveness turns to aggressiveness, which then turns into
straight-up violence (which, admittedly, is fun to watch unfold), which then
turns into a sense of buddy-buddy camaraderie. I understand that this group of
characters are known for their rambunctious behavior and fleeting emotional
investments, but to watch relationships change on a dime that quickly just
dizzies the reader.
Still, The Delinquents places humor and absurdity above all else, which
gives makes this series a refreshing read. It revels in its bizarre world,
letting villains be comically evil and protagonists be great in ability but
mediocre in pretty much everything else. Tongue-in-cheek humor goes
hand-in-hand with political disillusionment, which is in turn punctuated by
over the top violence. Simply put, this comic has fun with the material, and it ends up being
difficult to read this issue without a smirk on your face.

For information on The Delinquents and other Valiant
Entertainment comics, check out their website.

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

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