The World’s Worst Heroes Return in Quantum & Woody #1 (Advanced Review)
Quantum & Woody #1
Writer: Christopher Hastings
Penciller: Ryan Browne
Colorist: Ruth Redmond
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Assistant Editor: Drew Baumgartner
Editor: Heather Antos
Senior Editorial Director: Robert Meyers
Spoiler warning: This does have some spoilers from the first issue of Quantum & Woody.
Quantum and Woody are on the run from the government. Their powers are seen as a major threat to the entire world. Also, they might not quite know that the internet can be used to track people. But, when Woody has a strange moment of premonition within their apartment, the way back to being in everyone’s good graces shows itself. The only problem is, villains just sent the US Senate into another dimension and the heroic pair are having some trust issues. These are bizarre moments and yet it all feels so much like normal day-to-day within the pages of the newest Quantum & Woody.
This might be the first comic I’ve read from writer Christopher Hastings, but I definitely feel the writer knows how to handle Quantum & Woody. There’s (obviously) super-heroics abound, but with the perfect amount of humor added to the story. Getting down to it, I love that Woody is the one who has all the knowledge of what to do, placing the often more-serious-and-less-trusting Quantum in a hard spot of having to have some faith in what’s he has seen from his visions.
Ryan Browne just wrapped up Curse Words at Image Comics, so for anyone who wants to see what else he’s done, that’s a perfectly good example of his body of work. I love his style on this book. It’s a bit loose with detail but there’s a fun level with his pencils here. Colorist Ruth Redmond’s art helps accentuate the art in a perfect manner and Hassan Otsmane- Elhaou’s lettering finishes the ensemble.
The last Quantum And Woody series ended with the pair on the run with a pair of significant others in tow. We don’t have an idea yet as to what happened to their better halves, but that’s okay. The last half of that run also had a less comedic approach to the brothers. This new series returns Q & W back to their comedic roots. This first issue is a great return of the world’s worst super-heroes. There’s a style to Quantum & Woody books that I was glad ended here. Most of their tales almost have the same feel to them in how the story is driven and while it’s sometimes a good thing to keep certain appearances up, I’m glad there’s not a black panel with a title change happening all the time within this. It’s a great jumping-on point for a reader looking to give this first issue a shot without being bogged down with a bunch of continuity, a lot of which probably doesn’t matter too much.
Quantum & Woody #1 is available January 29th!