For a time in the nineties, it was the most critically acclaimed mainstream comic book. Think Hawkeye or Saga today. No one had a bad word, and anyone who did were justifiably ignored. These were the golden days of Quantum And Woody by Priest and MD Bright, an original Acclaim/Valiant series that mirrored popular buddy cop movies, pitting two very different people with massive issues about the other together by want of their powers destroying them if they were apart for more than a day. That's what you call a high concept. But it was was the comedy of the interplay between then, the super serious and superhero minded Quantum and the lazy, unmotivated quip maker Woody. Oh, and a transdimensional goat.
Taking on some of the storytelling devices that Priest ad developed in Black Panther to the next level, Quantum & Woody was funny, it was tragic, it was human, it was so, so appealing, and those who read it still regard it as an absolute highlight. But it was always threatened with cancellation. Which indeed it was. Then revised again. Then cancelled again.
Valiant rebooted the series with a new creative team last year and, you know, it's okay. But I yearn for the days of Priest and Bright, they had something special between them and comparing the two versions only emphasised that. Especially with the news that Valiant has unpublished Quantum & Woody in their files.
Valiant promised to publish them. But that's not enough it seems, they are going for more, brand new Quantum & Woody. And the first new comic book that Priest has written in quite some time.
As announced this morning at CBR, Valiant has announced a release date for the Q2: The Return Of Quantum & Woody mini-series, reuniting original series creators Christopher Priest and MD Bright, for five issues beginning in October.
Set two decades on from the event of the original QUANTUM AND WOODY series, Q2 finds both members of the world's worst superhero team estranged from one another – with a retired Woody from obscurity to prevent Quantum from hitting the streets with a new partner.
I can't wait. And I have to.
Alongside what could be Valiant's answer to the Dark Knight Returns, will be a complete collection of the previous Quantum And Woody run, the Complete Quantum And Woody Classic Omnibus, 600 pages, including Quantum and Woody #0-21,#32, The Goat: H.A.E.D.U.S. #1 and X-O Manowar #16.
Sassen frassen rassen.