Quantum & Woody! #1 Review: Odd Couple Superhero Team

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Woody is the adopted brother of Eric Henderson. The two were friends as children, Woody being the more charismatic girl-chaser, and Eric being the nerdier and more responsible one. As adults, they became a hero team: Quantum and Woody. After a while, Quantum was approached by government agents for a job.

Some time after, the duo split up, only meeting to connect their bracelets to avoid dissipation. Eric has a boring job now, and Woody is getting into constant debt with bars and casinos. What happens for Quantum and Woody now?

Quantum and Woody #1 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Quantum and Woody #1 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Quantum and Woody make a good odd-couple superhero duo. They're often quite funny together, and both are likable enough so that it's not weighed on one side. Quantum is a bit too stiff and dorky. Woody is a bit too reckless and chatty. It's a good balance, and they clearly need one another to function.

The humor doesn't always work. Some jokes miss. It's not as spotty as Made Men and both of these comics are still miles funnier than Deadpool or Harley Quinn, but they do miss often enough that you notice.

The plot does get a bit slow as it explains where Eric and Woody are at in the present. It's supposed to be somewhat boring to show where Eric is these days, but it shouldn't be too boring for the reader.

There is a decent joke in this section about all the Loot Crate off-shoots that exist these days.

It picks up again towards the end when Woody gets a couple of unique visitors, so it at least ends in an intriguing place.

Kano's artwork is quite good. It's highly-detailed and expressive. It's similar to the many of the superhero offerings of the Big Two, and that feels like the intent. It shows action well, and Quantum's costume looks quite good. His color art is just as good, and it gives a good balance to the proceedings. Kano brings a great-looking comic here.

Quantum and Woody #1 brings the series to a great start with a good plot, a good amount of humor, and great artwork. It is a solid read, and I can easily recommend it despite the slow middle section and the not-insignificant amount of bad jokes. Give it a try.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.