Quantum & Woody #6 is a Great HW2 Tie-In
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Art: Francis Portela
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: David Menchel
Editor: Karl Bollers
Executive Editor: Joseph Illidge
Warning! This review will contain spoilers for Quantum & Woody 6.
Valiant’s big event this summer is Harbinger Wars 2, a story that features the character Livewire knocking out the power throughout the country. When such a thing happens, there’s bound to be lots of people affected in all sorts of ways. The lights don’t work, you can’t charge your phone and if you are Quantum and Woody, you can’t KLANG your bracelets together. The latest story serves as the scarce tie-in to HW2, one where you gotta be heroic, even if you have no powers.
The power is out and so are Quantum’s powers. He finds out the hard way as he tries to stop a car, only to be nearly plowed by it. It’s a good thing Woody is there to save the day. There’s a fire in a building and people are trapped. What do heroes do? They go and save the day, right? After doing all they can, the building collapses, burying the world’s worst superheroes.
I haven’t liked everything that Eliot Rahal has written for Valiant but I think this might be his best issue yet and I liked this one a lot. I thought the dialogue between Quantum and Woody, when they heard people in the burning building calling for help, was pretty great. I felt that the dialogue in that moment was quite profound and possibly my favorite part of the issue. Portela’s art is pretty fantastic in this issue. There’s a couple of spreads within this issue that really stand out here. The pages of the two heroes on different levels looked quite good. I’ve liked most everything that he’s drawn for Valiant and he’s a great talent to have. He does great work and here, he makes Quantum and Woody look great.
I was expecting a bit of a drop on Quantum & Woody from having previous series writer Daniel Kibblesmith drop off but I think these heroes are in good hands here with Eliot Rahal and it seems his Valiant work gets better and better with each new project. And having Francis Portela doing the art, you can’t go wrong with that, either. Quantum and Woody 6 is a standout issue.
A great tie-in issue for Valiant’s big summer event.