Written by Christopher Priest
Art by MD Bright
Colors by Allan Passalaqua
Published by Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: 10/15/2014
The late nineties can be a much derided period in comics for some, but some comics of the period are continually hailed as beacons in those (perhaps ill) perceived dark times for the industry. Quantum and Woody, from Acclaim Comics was one of those comics. A comic with humour and social commentary that was regarded well by many for its initial 17 issue run. It was a run so well-regarded that the announcement of a new creative team when Valiant rebooted the series, was met with a lot of questioning by certain quarters of fandom. Now, though, the original creative team are back. The original versions of Quantum & Woody are back. Can this become another beloved run?
We start with a Flash back: commentary of ‘Of Mice and Men’, a bag full of cash, a Murder and boob-grabs. Welcome to Quantum and Woody where the satirical slapstick is still apparent. It’s a good set-up of the tone of the book, but also really let readers know where the moral compass of these characters are.
Back in the present we’re presented with something that is missing from some big two numbers ones nowadays. A fight scene. In a super-hero comic establishing powers of what you’re coming to see is a must. Strengths, limitations and weaknesses laid on the line in words and pictures enabling total connection to the concept.
Mark Bright’s work is better than I remember. I liked it in the nineties, I really like it now. It’s still got a John Byrne-Esque quality of line work, but really mashes in facial features reminiscent of Darick Robertson. Bright gets the aged versions of Woody and Eric (Quantum) perfectly, a 17 year time difference, and you can easily tell these characters should be around the beginning of their forties. He also choreograph a decent fight scene. His place is certainly warranted amongst some of the incredible artists who present in other Valiant books.
The end of the comic presents some nice twist and turns which present an interesting future for the mini-series. But one things for sure. If you were one of the people who, last year, complained about the lack of Priest and Bright. Your Quantum and Woody are back.
In my view, we’ve now got the best of Both worlds. If the comics continue like this, the more Quantum and Woody, the better.