Quantum

Quantum-Eric Henderson

Real Name: Eric Henderson

Publisher: Valiant Comics

Created by:  Christopher Priest

1st appearance: Quantum and Woody #1, 1997   

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Quantum and Woody

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 6’2              Weight: 210 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), Nicole Astin Gray (Mother)

Skills and abilities: Military training in armed and unarmed combat.

Powers: His wristband can release a concussive energy blast. For a time he existed in a state of pure energy which could only be stabilized by knocking his band against his partner Woody’s.

He also employs many gadgets reminiscent of batman in his fight on crime.

Biography

Eric was the son of an affluent and influential black man living in the upper class of society in Greenwich. Due to his affluent and sheltered life he grew up completely ignorant of the fact that racism existed outside of his “bubble”. He became fast friends with bumbling Woodrow Van Chelton whose father worked with his. Despite being a straight ‘A’ student Eric constantly found himself in trouble due to his association with “Woody”.  When Woody suddenly moved away from the neighborhood and left school without saying anything to Eric he was devastated this was compounded when his classmates convinced the naïve Eric that Woody had left because he was ‘black’.

As a teenager he grew bitter and angry when real racism reared its head. He applied to West Point Military Academy who rejected his application on the basis that he they were already over there “black quota”. His father however was connected enough to get him in which made further alienated him to his white comrades and superiors. Here he realized he had a heart condition which would have had him expelled but again his father’s connections kept him in the military. Years later he was court-martialled when his condition was uncovered.

Around this time his father was killed along with Woody’s. At the funeral they were reunited and got drawn into uncovering who killed their dads. Here they discovered two gauntlets with one donned by each. Converted to energy they were forced to live together to stabilize each other. Eric then convinced Woody to become superheroes. He supplied the costumes and technology with Woody often serving as a bumbling sidekick. For a time he was trapped in Woody’s body though he later returned to his own. He eventually came to clash with Woody who had become a villain and took on a new sidekick.

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Caribbean born college teacher with a degree in Philosophy, founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Wikipedia, Comicvine, Independent comics, IGN, Gamespot, and Islandstage.net. View all posts by Ryn Fraser

5 responses to “Quantum

  • Quantum and Woody #1 Review « WorldofBlackHeroes

    [...] Eric (Quantum) and Woody are best friends who grew up together. One day Woody mysteriously leaves without saying goodbye. Fifteen years later both their fathers die in a helicopter accident and the meet at the graveside. Eric decides to investigate their fathers partner Warrant since they are all on the suspect list. Eric also finds a pair of gauntlets which belonged to their fathers, Woody of course wants one for himself. Bickering between the two led them to be trapped together in a chamber which converts them to pure energy as they start to fight each other on the brink of death the gauntlets connect and they wake up outside the facility in superhero garb. [...]

  • Valiant: Reissues Quantum and Woody! « WorldofBlackHeroes

    [...] you wait for you new digitized Quantum and Woody comics be sure to learn all about Black Superhero Quantum here and read our review of the very first issue [...]

  • Quantum and Woody (2013) #1 Review | WorldofBlackHeroes

    […] The new Quantum and Woody with the goat on an almost plain white background, it’s a very simple design but very […]

  • Quantum and Woody #2 and #3 Review | WorldofBlackHeroes

    […] Eric and Woody Henderson have accidentally blown up their father’s life’s work – and themselves along with it! Now, as their bizarre new superpowers begin to manifest, will they be able to outmaneuver the squad of trigger-happy cops that think Eric and Woody are to blame for their dad’s murder? Plus! The mysterious cabal targeting the world’s worst superhero team only gets creepier. Seriously, it’s like an iceberg of creepy. Only 10 percent is showing! And Quantum and Woody are about to crash right the %$!@ into it! […]

  • Unity #2 Review | WorldofBlackHeroes

    […] since she made her debut and this issue she becomes my favorite black superhero from Valiant, sorry Quantum and Animalia. Livewire shows why Harada did not kill her when her actions lead to the Harbinger […]

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