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- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Valiant (September 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FIJ04UI
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Quantum and Woody Vol. 3: Crooked Pasts, Present Tense (Quantum and Woody (2013- )) Kindle & comiXology
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Goat #0 welcomes Tom Fowler back into the artist's slot, a much needed gift after the Ming Doyle art from the last arc. The work is clean and clear, complimented well by the colors. Issues #9 and #10 are done by Kano, and once again the results are above adequate and fitting for the book. The downside comes with the last two issues' art by Wilfredo Torres. The style seems more fitting for a weekly strip in your local newspaper and anyone recently off of the previous arc may suffer from slight feelings of PTSD on some of the less well-composed panels. To the artist's credit, the 'comic-within-a-comic' works wonderfully well with his artwork.
The quality of story follows the same pattern. The #0 issue is great, the next two issues filled with great moments, and the end just sort of... existing. Once again, the brothers Henderson find themselves standing on opposite sides of a situation, and this one happens to be a museum heist. At the end of the arc, the boys find themselves face to face with the ERA once more. The books ends with no cathartic finish, but more like a well-hyped comedy movie leaving room for a sequel.
The comedy and pacing are still great throughout most of the book, and the humor... especially when it involves the dichotomy of the main protagonists... is as spot-on as ever. I think that this franchise could work better with a few tweaks, and Valiant seems intent on trying some new things with this crew in the future.
Although not my favorite of the Valiant titles, Q&W has grown on me over the last 12 issues, probably due to a little character growth over time and especially in this volume. While we still get the insane adventures including a museum heist, the bizarre villains of the E.R.A., explosions, and clones, we also get to see Woody try to be responsible for a day, just a day or should I say we get to see Eric try and get Woody to be responsible for a day, but a responsible adult Woody, not sure you could classify him as Woody in that case.
The art is enjoyable and we even get a unique version of a children’s book to explain a bit more of Thomas Edison’s origin.
In this volume, they have also included the Goat #0, the origin for our favorite goat, a heartbreaking love story if you will, one that brings the Goat into the lives of Eric and Woody a lot earlier than we thought and reveals a major surprise for Q&W.
This is the final volume of the ongoing adventures of Quantum and Woody (characteristically, despite that the characters have had a uninterrupted stream of published adventures since.) It involves the story of a museum heist and spotlights some of Woody's past. Perhaps most interestingly to the Valiant fan in me, it contains references to Shadowman, a rare event in this title at anytime. There's also a nice experimental issue done in the style of a child's coloring book. So not much to dislike overall.
Even more so, the plot actually pushes one of the main players to very real growth at the end. Something not easily accomplished in any comic these days, let alone one designed to be a slapstick comedy. And then, as always, there's the Goat.
While Asmus's run on the book can best be described as uneven. This final edition is worth your time, money and effort to check out.
I loved the Goat +0 issue included in this book. Seeing the origin of the goat (and it's secret identity) was some of the best part of this series for me. The main stories dealt with the return of the bad guy group ERA (Edison's Radical Acquisitions) and it was a fun ride to the end. As I've said before, I'm not the biggest Quantum & Woody fan, but I did enjoy the series more than I thought I would and would recommend it to those who like slapstic, buddy comedy humor.