Quantum and Woody #3
Written by: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art by: Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse
Published by: Valiant Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

I was expecting the next issue of Quantum and Woody to continue on this weird adventure that was bringing the duo (well – forcing in Quantum’s case) to Australia. You know, carrying on the storyline from the previous two issues. Except when I picked up and read Quantum and Woody #3 I was very puzzled to find that it had nothing to do with the other two issues.

It’s a flashback issue and a quite good one at that. But I have a problem with this issue being shoved in for no reason. It’s puzzling and I don’t get it.  THIS BOOK JUST RELAUNCHED AND SUDDENLY WE HAVE A FILL IN!?!?!??!?!

Here’s my problem. Growing up in the 80’s you saw great runs by amazing writers that would feature their hero/heroine in mostly single adventures. By an issue’s end we were already ready for next issue, next villain, etc.   Now I don’t mind longer arcs in a comic book. I’m sure the constraint of writing just 24 pages is very limiting. So telling a larger story over 3 or 4 issues is great.

But why stop an arc at the third issue to tell the story of Quantum’s dad coming back to life combined with flashbacks of Eric’s youth?  It’s a good read but it just makes this whole thing feel disjointed.   What’s the point of shoehorning this issue in?  Why not end the arc and THEN print this issue?  Maybe there’s foreshadowing?  I dunno. But as this issue has ZERO to do with the last issue (or issue before that) it’s a waiting game. But Valiant’s last history with just sticking random issues in the middle of arcs tells me otherwise.

I’m tired of writing. Look – the issue is good and is a good look at Eric and Woody as kids and Eric in college.   It’s not a bad issue. I just find the placement and timing to be off.  I get totally frustrated by it.  If you are the, “Hey what gives dude, the issue rocks and who cares about placement?!?!” For you Millennials I’ll leave you with the wise words of Ted Denslow, “Now your kids with your loud music, and your Dan Fogleberg, your Zima, hula hoops and Pac-Man video games, don’t you see? People today have attention spans that can only be measured in nanoseconds!”


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