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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Terrible Heroes + 1 Superpowered Goat = The World’s Worst SuperheroTeam
When the new Valiant began publishing in 2012, the question that was consistently asked by fans across the country was “Will there be a new Quantum & Woody?” You knew it was only a matter of time before Valiant said “Yes.” Thank goodness they did!!

A little history lesson: The original Quantum & Woody harkens back to the Acclaim Valiant...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Klang Klang Klang Goes the Folly
Quantum & Woody: The World’s Worst Superhero Team collects the first four issues of the Valiant series that re-introduced the titular “heros” to the comic book world. It’s the first of the titles that was initially published by Acclaim to be rebooted by Valiant. The volume tells the story of Eric Henderson and his adopted brother Woody, reunited...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Klang Klang Klang Goes the Folly, 4 Oct 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
Quantum & Woody: The World’s Worst Superhero Team collects the first four issues of the Valiant series that re-introduced the titular “heros” to the comic book world. It’s the first of the titles that was initially published by Acclaim to be rebooted by Valiant. The volume tells the story of Eric Henderson and his adopted brother Woody, reunited in the aftermath of their father’s murder. While investigating the circumstances surrounding their father’s death, the two become equipped with experimental armbands that convey substantial powers, but that they must touch together once every 24 hours or their physical bodies will dissolve.

One of the reasons that Quantum & Woody was the first Acclaim series to be revived was that they had a cult following that was clamoring for their revival. But the problem with the new series is that it misses a lot of what made the original a favorite. There are elements, such as the full-panel captions interspersed throughout the book, that looks like the original. But it doesn’t feel that way. Woody is a slacker here, as in the original. But this series seems to celebrate that, rather than treat him as an obstacle to Quantum’s desire to be a super-hero. One of the elements in the original that made it so enjoyable is that it played with a lot of the tropes of comics and science fiction, and that is largely missing with the new series. There are funny moments, but for the most part they come off as one-off gags that could exist separate from the story, rather than helping to build it. Fortunately Valiant is releasing an omnibus of the original series, for those that are interested in the cult classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quantum & Woody return with a Klang!, 26 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
I’ve never read the original Quantum & Woody so I approached this new update by Valiant with an open mind. Eric and Woody Henderson are brothers, Woody having been adopted by Eric’s father. Eric is more the straight arrow, focused and disciplined while Woody is more carefree (and careless) and akin more to a con man. The two grew estranged over the years until their father is mysteriously murdered by a secretive cabal. While investigating their father’s death, they unwittingly get caught in an explosion caused by their father’s discoveries, granting them superpowers. And then things really start getting weird….

James Asmus does a wonderful job with the brothers’ characterizations. Using flashbacks, he highlights the father issues that plague both of them to the present day, showing how what may have helped drive them apart years ago may now serve to bring them back together. The jokes and humor within this story may not be suitable to everyone’s taste but I found myself giggling and even laughing out loud at certain moments when reading this volume. Tom Fowler’s art is a perfect match to this beginning tale, not quite cartoony but not overly realistic either instead he finds a good balance point to illustrate the absurdities that occur within this story.

And yes, there is a goat but to fully grasp the nature of this beast, one should read the book. In all, an entertaining start to this dysfunctional dynamic duo, a welcome addition to the stable of terrific Valiant comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Terrible Heroes + 1 Superpowered Goat = The World’s Worst SuperheroTeam, 23 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
When the new Valiant began publishing in 2012, the question that was consistently asked by fans across the country was “Will there be a new Quantum & Woody?” You knew it was only a matter of time before Valiant said “Yes.” Thank goodness they did!!

A little history lesson: The original Quantum & Woody harkens back to the Acclaim Valiant Heroes era, and is looked upon by many in comic-dom as one of the few successes from the line, as well as one of the cult hits of the Nineties. Created by Priest and Bright, the title mixed endearing characters with humorous stories that walked a very fine tight rope of ‘politically correct” humor. It also introduced a goat, of all things, as the sidekick. Who’d a thunk it? Unfortunately, Acclaim eventually folded, and the Valiant comics went with it. It seemed that Q&W was destined to fade into obscurity…

Fortunately, the new Valiant had other plans, and a new Quantum & Woody debuted in July, 2013. Written by James Asmus and drawn by Tom Fowler, this reimagined “World’s Worst Superhero Team” kept many of the original themes in place. The premise: Eric and Woody Henderson, estranged foster brothers, are reunited after years of zero contact by the mysterious death of their father, a brilliant scientist. Eric is the uptight, straight laced military man, Woody is the shady, ready to pick your pocket and run off with your girlfriend, con-man. To say they don’t get along would be an understatement! Investigating their father’s suspicious demise, they stumble into a laboratory accident which converts their bodies to energy… granting them super-powers, but also requiring that they KLANG together metal control bands (now fused to their arms) once every 24 hours, or they will dissipate into atoms. Now, two men who genuinely are annoyed by each other are stuck together. And, eventually, they get a goat. A terrifying, bloodthirsty, intelligent goat.

What follows is a truly entertaining story. To be honest, I had my doubts about how good this series could be with inevitable comparisons to the original, but I’m happy to report that this new version is in more than capable hands. Funny, endearing, and with humor that can go waaaaaaaaay over the line, this is Quantum & Woody reimagined for a new generation.

I have seen many fans write off Quantum & Woody due to the sometimes sophomoric humor. I encourage you, dear reader, to give it a chance. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! Come see another side of the Valiant Universe… just don’t pet the goat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not it's just me., 23 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
Having never read the original Priest and Bright Quantum and Woody by Acclaim, I cannot make a fair comparison with this new Quantum And Woody volume, but if you are after a good time buddy book with cutting edge plots and sophisticated humour, this isn't it. Actually this humour is low brow but I still have a laugh, and Eric and Woody Henderson aren't buddies at all, in fact they actually make the "Odd Couple" look like twins. One is straight laced ex-army, whilst the other is a wise cracking con man. They couldn't be on farther ends of the spectrum if they tried, except for one thing, that they are family, adopted brothers who are brought back into each others lives after a long absence, by the suspicious death of their father (Woody's adopted dad). It seems that before his death, Derek Henderson created a breakthrough discovery concerning unlimited energy, and when the brothers search for answers in his lab, they survive an energy explosion which they themselves set off, and find themselves burdened with some strange unstable powers.

This tale stumbles through twists and turns and eventually ends up on an island with an evil genius reminiscent of some LSD inspired James Bond film. James Asmus does a commendable job of keeping the laughs coming, even when you feel you don't want to. At times it feels like you are laughing at a dad's joke, you know you don't want to but still do. Woody's jokes sometimes feel forced, like that annoying so and so we all know that gets under your skin at times, but you still manage to laugh with and love. I love the pitfalls that befall the straight laced Eric, at times he reminds me of the family loser figure that always try's to hard to impress. Similar to the character of Robert Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond), a particular flashback scene shows Eric waking up in hospital after being injured in a lab blast whilst his father and Woody went fishing. He is relieved when he try's to explain about the blast, his father cuts him short to say nevermind about that, and before that brief second that he thinks that his father is only caring about his wellbeing, he realises his father cut him short only because Woody was missing.

Quantum and Woody is a very guilty pleasure. Just clear your mind of any preconceptions and just ride along with this crazy story and the laughs and goat sightings will come aplenty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but is mainly self deprecating which is always the best kind of funny, 22 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
The book is still a buddy comedy and eventually, it does feature a goat so it has two of the main ingredients that made the first run successful. Its humour is a little crude at times, but is mainly self deprecating which is always the best kind of funny. If you cannot laugh at yourself how can you expect others to laugh with you? Asmus does a great job of making the brothers, both Eric and Woody, completely distinct from each other with Eric being the stand-up and responsible one and Woody the reckless and immature sibling.

Getting them together in the book took the death of their father which sets up the first little mystery they have to solve. They also must find out exactly what it is their father was researching and why everyone is so eager to find it and even kill for it. The only thing standing in their way is each other. The problem is they can hardly stand each other most of the time and throwing super-powers into the mix only complicates the matter further.

Asmus does a great job with the characters and seems to have gotten a good handle on them. He really nails the sibling rivalry (perhaps from personal experience?) and makes it funny and accessible by anyone who has a brother or sister. Fowler’s art, a little reminiscent of Erik Larsen, is a nice fit for the book as it does not seem to take itself too seriously. A good start to a new/old title from Valiant. If it stays on track, it could end up being one of the best books they publish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quantum and Woody return to Valiant!, 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
Quantum and Woody: The Worlds Worst Superhero Team. The tagline is no joke – when you team up two brothers, one a straight laced, ex military guy and the other, well, a slacker, and require them to stick together to stay alive…well, you can imagine what happens. This is a re-imagining of the hit series from when Acclaim ran Valiant (one of the few hits they had). In the first issue we see the back story of the two (Eric and Woody), as they obtain their powers and get accused of murdering their father. We are also introduced to the “Goat” (who actually plays an important role later on in the comic).

This is a humor comic, more slap stick and absurdist comedy than anything else. The art was okay, but very different from the standard art in other Valiant comics (presumably to make this book more obviously separated from the rest of the Valiant Universe, even though they inhabit that same place). I didn’t like the art as much, and felt it distracted a little bit from the story, but not as much as some other titles.

Lots of bickering between the siblings, and very…unusual villains and opponents make this story relatively unique. It doesn’t have the same feel as the original series (but then again, that is standard with “reimagining”) but it holds its own well enough to interest a casual reader. Obviously this is the best starting place for people to start reading the comic, and my hunch is most people will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Klang!, 25 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
In the late 90s, Quantum and Woody was my favorite comic book to read every month. Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright told stories that were both serious and funny at the same time. It was awesome. Then Acclaim stopped publishing comics and Quantum and Woody were nowhere to be found for over a decade.

Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that Valiant planned to bring back the “World’s Worst Superhero Team”. Quantum and Woody vol. 1: The World’s Worst Superhero Team reprints issues 1 - 4 of Quantum and Woody from Valiant Entertainment. This new version is written by James Asmus and this volume has beautiful art by Tom Fowler.

I would be lying if I said that the new Quantum and Woody is (to me) as good as the original from the late 90s. Priest and Bright created something that would be hard to recreate. What this new series is, though, is a good, fun comic. This book seems to focus more on getting laughs than in telling a great story, which is fine - just different. This book serves as a good introduction to Eric (Quantum) and Woody, two foster brothers who are as different as can be. They haven’t seen each other in years, but because of a freak accident gain superpowers and now must learn to tolerate each other and work together.

I think this is an awesome book and look forward to more Quantum and Woody.
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4.0 out of 5 stars QUANTUM & WOODY - A GREAT RELAUNCH WHICH IS DEFINITELY WORTH CHECKING OUT, 24 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
This is Valiant's latest re-launch and it shows some promise. It tells the story of two brothers who after years of being apart are brought together by the death of their father and are determined to learn who did it. In that process, they create an accident in their father's lab which results in them being given great powers......but with a bit of a catch. If they don't touch the bands on their wrists together at least once every 24 hours, their now power will cause their atoms to dissolve....And thus is created the world's worst superhero team!

Their adventures lead them to encounter a range of "more than crazy and outlandish foes", and when you mix in the two very distinct personalities of the feuding brothers along with dialogue which has a specific kind of wit to it, you end up with an amusing story which makes you want to keep reading to see how it turns out.

Along the way, the brothers are trying to learn exactly what their powers ARE and how to use them, plus they get a GOAT added into the mix, along with a clone girlfriend for Woody. I daresay there is nothing else like this in comics today.

Then, add in the gallery which shows you all the variant covers from these books, and you have a package which is not only very affordable, but also enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for People looking for lots of laughs to go along with their Superhero action, 29 Sep 2014
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
I LOVED this first arc and introduction to the Worlds Worst Superhero Team - Quantum and Woody! This comic is written with frenetic non-stop energy by James Asmus who never lets an opportunity for a gag slip by - it might not always hit the mark but if you don't laugh out loud several times an issue then I can only conclude that you are either dead inside or you blew a funny fuse from so much funniness. This is definitely a change of pace comic from the normally serious, grounded Valiant Superhero Universe. Its sort of like Archer and Armstrong but with more focus on the comedy and much more over the top in its storytelling. Buts its not all gags - It also have a lot of heart; and grounded in its desire to build a very real connection between two long lost brothers and their father. Staying true to the original classic from Acclaim, there is also plenty of underlying social commentary. Tom Fowler is simply brilliant in this book as the artist who brings these characters and the comedy alive. Many times the funniest parts are the expressions of the characters and Tom Fowler nails it. Its unfortunate that he doesn't do another arc after this one. He is perfect for this title. For anyone that is a fan of lots of comedy to go along with their superhero action - this is the comic for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quantum and Woody Vol. 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team, 22 Sep 2014
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Jaden_Sai (Portland, OR United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team TP (Paperback)
With the relaunch of the Valiant Universe, I kept seeing fans clamoring for the return of Quantum and Woody, but these characters were not high on my list because I had never read the original version by Priest and Bright. This collection marks my introduction to the World's Worst Superhero Team and oh yes, by the end of this collection, I met the Goat.

Eric and Woody Henderson grew up together, adopted brothers and at that time, best friends. As they grew up, they took different paths in life and were no longer close or even talking to each other. Life re-introduces the pair to each other, with a fist fight at their father's funeral. Looking into their father's death, starting at his lab, and of course messing with the equipment leads the duo to acquire super powers and from here we are off on a superhero buddy comedy of foolishness, complete with mad scientist and the goat.

I wasn't so sure going into this title, if this book would be for me, but the ridiculous of the situations they get into, and the humorous play between the straight-laced military man and whatever you would label Woody to be are temper with some heart, the flashbacks to when they were younger, when they were a family. I will be back for Volume 2 to see where James Asmus takes us.
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