Quantum and Woody #3 Review: Emotional Sincerity in a Sea of Cynicism

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The story of the goat revealed! We relive the time that Quantum and Woody stood witness to an energy recreation of their father, Derek. The catch is that he will dissipate in three days. Quantum/Eric elects to try and find a way to save Derek. Woody decides to party with his father for his last days. We are given snapshots of Derek's life spread throughout.

Quantum and Woody #3 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Quantum and Woody #3 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Quantum and Woody continues to improve on the flaws of its first issue, this time by giving further introspection into their characters beyond Woody bullying the nerdy Eric a lot through their early life.

This time around, we see how they deal with grief and loss, and, while it's about as you would expect from these two, it shows how deep their personalities run through them. The downside is that it makes Woody look far shallower than one would hope, even if there is a logic behind making hay while the sun shines. One hopes that there is more to this character yet to be revealed.

In any case, this is a surprisingly emotional entry for a series that has prided itself on cynicism, parody, and snark. You really feel for Eric and Woody here. They've gotten their dad back just to find out that it's with a countdown clock.

What was especially striking about this comic is the impressively subtle finale. Without giving it away, the comic trusts its audience to comprehend what just happened without overt displays from writing or art.

Quantum and Woody #3 art by Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse
Quantum and Woody #3 art by Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse

Francis Portela's artwork adds a slightly more cartoonish style compared to what we've seen so far. While it is odd to already need to swap out an artist like this, Portela's work is good and holds strong throughout the comic. Andrew Dalhouse's color art is bright and eye-catching as ever, and helps the comic maintain its lighter tone, even in the more serious moments.

Quantum and Woody #3 is a more emotional entry than the previous two installments, and it triumphs for it. Plus, Portela and Dalhouse keep things solid in the art department. The usually cynical comic grounds itself and shows some heart, and it earns another recommendation for it. Give it a read.

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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.