Quantum and Woody #11 is zany, action packed and completely entertaining. Never taking itself too seriously the book in turn provides us with emotional moments, classic comic book action, pop culture satire and a satisfying ending to the current story arc.
The book begins with adopted brothers Quantum and Woody in the custody of the military and Colonel Capshaw. In a previous battle with the villain of this arc, Infomercial, both Quantum and Woody lost their super powers and were in turn captured by Capshaw. In a bid to stop Infomercial Capshaw and her science team are determined to replicate the scientific experiment which transformed Eric and Woody Henderson into the superheroes Quantum and Woody. Although the science team is not certain that they can replicate the experiment which granted Quantum and Woody their powers Capshaw forges ahead. As a result the military installation is rocked by an explosion as the two superheroes “clang” their bracelets together. Having regained their powers Quantum and Woody escape from the clutches of the military and emerge into a world turned upside down by Infomercial and his surreal ability to alter the very fabric of reality. He (Infomercial) takes it in turn to use people as household products in a commercial, warp New York City in his bizarre image and finally to attack our titular heroes with a barrage of hot dogs and mustard. In the end the two heroes blunder into the eventual solution for the Infomercial problem. Having finally found the means to dispatch their foe they do so reluctantly, unsure what the future will hold for them. The book ends on a cliffhanger as the two are held at blaster point by a new character whose motives are unknown.
Periodically the heroes exhibit real moments of emotion and despair as a departure from the mind warping antics and insanity that define most of the book. In one instance Quantum despairs over the fate of his wife who has come into existence as a result of the reality bending consequences of an earlier fight between Quantum, Woody and Infomercial. In yet another scene as the heroes search for Infomercial they are confronted with and in turn resolve relationship issues that exist between the two of them. These displays of humanity provide moving moments that contrast greatly with the rest of the book and in turn give depth to the characters. These poignant moments in an otherwise wacky and entertaining thrill ride made me truly care for the characters. The art style is polished with the colors providing a classic comic feel that is fresh and nostalgic at the same time. In tandem the art team does a good job in supporting the tone and tenor of the story. In short, I would recommend this book for those who are seeking a fun read and comic book experience.
Writing – 4 of 5 stars
Art – 4 of 5 stars
Writer – Elliot Rahal
Art – Joe Eisma
Colors – Andrew Dalhouse
Letters – Dave Sharpe