Earlier this year, days after the launch of X-O Manowar #1 – the book so nice it charted twice – Valiant announced a slate of new series under a banner of "Valiant Icons," including Secret Weapons, Bloodshot Salvation, Ninja-K, and, finally, December's Quantum and Woody! Exclamation mark included, free.
Now, with details of a forthcoming Quantum and Woody television series executive-produced by The Russo Brothers and starring Joel McHale percolating in the entertainment press, Valiant is finally releasing the first details on the new monthly series for the world's worst superhero team, coming this winter from one of the Emmy-nominated writer of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Kibblesmith, and artist Kano.
And, as unveiled today via arranged PR, Entertainment Weekly has a plethora of new details straight from Kibblesmith himself, who sets up the new series like so:
So, since we've seen Quantum and Woody last, they've become as estranged as you can be when you're bound on the molecular level. They're not on speaking terms — Woody shows up every morning, KLANGS, and drives off. But the crazy thing, at least for readers who know the characters, is that the fight that broke up Quantum and Woody was actually Eric's fault. He knew Woody's birth father was still alive, and kept it from him. So, we're all going to find out why, and the consequences of that brotherly betrayal.
Not to be outdone, however, the EW piece also reveals that Valiant has planned a new covers program for the series with each issue featuring standard cover by Julian Totino Tedesco as well as an "Extreme Ultra-Foil" variant covers by God Country's Geoff Shaw – homaging the most notorious excesses of the chromium era and "embossed and enhanced with authentic comic foil from the 90s."
Wait, really? How is this even possible?! Says Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani:
"When we say that we're utilizing actual comics foil from the 1990s, we mean actual comics foil from the 1990s. In anticipation of Quantum and Woody's return, we scoured the earth in the search of the rarest, most obscure, most arcane comics printing practices ever produced – only to find a true 'holy grail of holofoil' in the wilds of Canada that had gone virtually untouched for the better part of two decades. Over the next year, we're going to be digging deep into those lost archives and combining numerous elements – some new, some old, some reclaimed from the some of the most prominent covers of the 90s – to create what we think are some of the most dynamic, eye-catching, and artistic uses of cover enhancements in the modern era.
"This line is partially a tribute, partially an art project, and partially an excuse to outdo the competition with what we believe will be some of the most coveted and sought-after covers of the year – all in celebration of the energizing, heartwarming, and hilarious story being crafted by Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano."
And, for retailers feeling less than enthused about Marvel Legacy's lenticular cover woes, Valiant notes up front that Q&W "Extreme Ultra-Foil" variants will be "available at the standard cover price with no minimum order qualifications for retailers."
For those looking for an extra foil fix, Valiant will also offer an "Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant," inspired by error covers and using same Geoff Shaw artwork, but featuring a "rare, specialized and supremely wacky 90s foil."
Valiant's new Quantum and Woody! #1 comic by Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano hits stands on December 20th with covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, Geoff Shaw, Neal Adams, and "some truly crazy special guests" they "can't talk about yet."
See the first interior pages from the new series here: