Quantum and Woody (2013) #1 Review

Quantumandwoody2013#1 (5)Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! And the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic you demanded is here at last.

The Good

Cover- The new Quantum and Woody with the goat on an almost plain white background, it’s a very simple design but very smooth and slick.

Alternate Cover- The one with the goat is the most detailed of the bunch,  all of the covers are simple but showcase the heroes very well. Quantumandwoody2013#1 (8)

Art- Tom Fowler’s art at first glance isn’t as good as M.D Bright’s original interior art but manages to be a great update from the old series. It feels very modern and manages to be consistent throughout. The art also shifts slightly during the flashback sequences.  Jordie Bellaire’s colors compliment Fowler’s art very well and only add layers to the book.

Dynamic duo- James Asmus has found a very strong voice for both characters which I find the most potent component of the story. While woody and Quantum are placed into the “Straight man vs. Funny Man” cliché but Asmus manages to breath a bit of new life into the tried and true. Woody is the stronger of the two personalities and manages not to be as overbearing as his original incarnation.

lol- The scene with Quantum in the restaurant was pretty funny. The exchange at the funeral was also pretty good.

Action– Not the greatest in this month’s comics but it was all pretty seamless and on point.

New– I enjoyed the new back story for Quantum and Woody as brothers and I must say I found Woody’s induction into the Henderson clan through adoption was a great addition to their dynamic. I also like that there is now a clear cut killer to Quantum’s dad that was a mystery I don’t ever remember being answered in the original series. Quantum is now a police officer while Woody is a criminal.

Kudos– So just so everyone knows MD Bright and Christopher Priest get creator credits and have confirmed they are cool with Valiant using the characters. All in all that should set some minds at ease!

The Bad

Hilarious- The original was funnier by far.

The Ugly

Quantum and Woody is another triumph for Valiant, filled to the brim with action, great art, emotion, humor and characters who entertain from start to finish. Buy it! 4.5/5

stars- 4.5


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; 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 Islandstage.net where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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