Comic Book Review: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1

TitleQuantum and Woody! (2017) #1
Publisher: Valiant

Words: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art: Kano
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Publication Date: December 20, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM RETURN IN AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES! This December, four-time-offending writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and taser-proof artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!
“Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.
“With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This winter, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names!”

Things are about to get ugly as this epic sibling rivalry unfolds. Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 gets readers up to speed while also generating some serious interest in the events that are still to come. Quantum and Woody aren’t on speaking terms, and when Negative One and Thedge the Hedge show up promising Woody to permanently separate him from his brother Eric, it becomes clear that the plot has since thickened and this tale is about to take an ugly turn.

Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 is well-paced and works well to bring readers up to speed. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith does a fine job in immediately grabbing the reader’s attention and generating interest about the step-brothers at the center of this story. There is also just enough action and excitement in this book to balance out the typical first-issue work that needs to be done.

Kano’s illustrations are strong and expressive and his color work is top-notch. Thanks to the combination of vivid colors and expressive line work, each page, even those that lack action, feels electric. I also especially like the creative panel work found throughout the book; pages flow well from one to next as the layout works to highlight the emotionally rich panels.

Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 is a solid to start to a series that is sure to consistently get better issue after issue after issue.

The Bottom Line:
Klang! Quantum and Woody are back and better than ever in their new on-going series. Issue #1 sets the tone for the series and, as it should, gets the ball rolling in a direction that promises to please existing fans and newcomers alike. Quantum and Woody! (2017) #1 is an excellent first issue that generates sincere interest. Pick it up.