Comic Book Wednesday: Quantum and Woody #1

Welcome to another Comic Book Wednesday! This is a small, bi-weekly, feature I created to help share some comic love and say what I thought about the first issue of a series, why I bought it, and if I would continue it. Of course, since a single issue is, roughly, 30 pages these posts will be relatively small, but if a series can’t suck you in at the very beginning are they worth continuing?

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Title: Quantum and Woody #1

Writers: James Asmus

Artist & Colorer: Tom Fowler (artist) & Jordie Bellaire (colorist)

Letters: Dave Lanphear

Covers: Ryan Sook, Andrew Robinson, Tom Fowler, & Marcos Martin

Editor: Jody Leheup

 Publisher: Valiant (July, 2013)
Quantum and Woody were created by MD Bright & Priest.
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Synopsis:

Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! And the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic you demanded is here at last.

(And, yes, there will be a goat too. Eventually.) – (Valiant)

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Why I Bought It:

I bought this comic because of the adopted brother dynamic. I’ve read many a story involving brothers or half-brothers, but nothing really dealing with adoptive brothers, so that really peaked my interest. Plus, there was a goat promised to come in later issues and I think it may end up being the Quantum and Woody superhero team mascot!

What I Thought:

(I did go a bit more into depth about certain scenes of the comic than I normally do, so if you like to be completely surprised when reading an issue the first time this may take some the surprise out. So, yeah, spoilers, I guess?)

The art was a bit inconsistent for my tastes. At the very beginning there is a flashback to Eric and Woody’s high school days and Woody looks like he could be in his early forties. There is also a point, about halfway through, where the facial styles just seem to change, I believe there was only one artist and colorist working on this issue so it just felt kind of strange. I mean, the change wasn’t that dramatic or anything, it was subtle, but still… I don’t know, it could just be the way the facial expressions are done. There was also two or three times were we only saw the whites of Woody’s eyes which made him look extremely murderous in one case (pg. 13, I believe, when he is being interrogated). I was just meh on the art really, yet I think my biggest reason for that was the facial expressions.

As far as the story goes it was okay, it wasn’t as humorous as I thought it would be and some parts left me going, “really?” For example: Eric is eating at a 24 hour diner and a man walks in, comes up behind a waitress and tells her to give him all the money, and no one will get hurt; Eric acts in a way I think most people would expect a guy like him to act – he incapacitates the supposed threat! However, it turns out that he is the boyfriend of said waitress and was only joking and Eric is kicked out of the joint and threatened by the waitress who says she will call the cops (I am assuming it is the waitress that says this as we only get a glimpse of the aftermath of the incident from what Eric says as he is leaving the diner). Honestly, who pretends to be an armed robber in a public place like that and doesn’t expect any negative repercussions!? Then there is a family photo that was taken when they were in high school after they got in major trouble for a fight that was shown throughout the issue, which I didn’t feel was as bad as the diner fight, but I thought it weird that they would take a photo then.

The rest of the story was decent. It had some mystery and some nice wit from Woody, but there was nothing that really blew me away about it. Quantum and Woody #1 was interesting with the fact that the comic started with what’s to come and ended with how they may have gotten said abilities. It was average overall, yet it just may have a slow start. I can see potential in this.

Would I Continue?:

I think I will give this series another issue, but if I don’t feel like there is an improvement I may drop it entirely or wait for the trade.

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Comic Book Wednesday: Captain Midnight #0

Comic Book Wednesday is a now a bi-weekly, hopefully, feature I created to talk about the comics I am reading. It has gone through many different revisions already, though this one should be the last (fingers crossed). As of now I will be talking about my first impressions on a series after reading the first issue.
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Captain Midnight
Title: Captain Midnight #0
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Victor Ibanez & Pere Perez
Colors: Ego
Letters: Nate Piekos
Covers: Raymond Swanland (front) and Steve Rude (back)
Publisher: Dark Horse (2013)
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Synopsis:
A genius inventor, Jim Albright was one of the world’s greatest minds and one of America’s great intellectual resources. Prohibited from officially enlisting, his intelligence too great an asset to risk, Albright became Captain Midnight, a mysterious hero who would suddenly appear in the nick of time to help the Allies in battle against the Nazis.
In 1944, he disappeared…  
(Description from the inside of the cover)
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My Thoughts:
The reason I picked up Captain Midnight was because his character description and past reminded me of a combination of Marvel heroes Iron Man and Captain America, so I was expecting to be pretty impressed and I was. Captain Midnight  certainly seems like he is going to be an interesting character with his smarts and habit of attacking at midnight, not to mention him having to adapt to a new time period. As far as other characters go, I really hope Rick, an aviator pilot and Captain Midnight Fanatic, end up having a major or at least a recurring role.
This issue certainly packs on the mystery! What did the piece of technology that the Secret Squadron was protecting do and what is the ‘truth’ Joyce Ryan was talking about? I’m looking forward to it all unraveling in later issues!
Would I continue this series?: Yes. Yes, I would.

Comic Book Wednesday: Post #4

Comic Book Wednesday is a weekly post where I will talk about comics I am reading or have read and will also contain the comic purchases I made over the week.

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I, unfortunately, did not get any comic reading done this week, but I did get tons of new stuff! I’m really excited about all my new comics and hope to get some wonderful comic reading done in the next week. I am not really sure how that will work out with Thanksgiving and Magical Friday both happening, but I am going to try. Also, I am hoping to have another book review up this week as well. Anyway, on to the new comics!

I got several back issues on top of the recently released stuff this week. I’ve been trying to catch up on The Avenging Spider-Man series and I just had to have Iron Man: The End when I saw it.  I have a hard time resisting Iron Man things, I even got a decal for my car this week that reads, “Stark Industries.” I was thinking after I got it though that maybe I should get some Hulk decals for my car too, you know, because it’s green. Yes, I’m a geek like that.


My birthday was also this past week, so I picked up some trades. I’ve been wanting to try out the DC Universe and the book store was having a buy two get one free sale (which they forgot to apply),  so I was able to pick up a few. I figured I would start with the New 52 comics and just picked up the three heroes that sounded the most interesting to me. Honestly, I’ve always seemed to have a soft spot for the Flash. I’m also dying to crack open Avengers vs X-Men and can only hope that is as good as A-Babies vs X-Babies!

Okay, this last purchase isn’t comics per say, but it’s related to comics. I’m a huge fan of The Avengers movie and just had to have the book about the art. I’m super excited about it, It’s such a lovely book! The print next to it was something that my comic store was giving out for free and I had to grab it. I’m a sucker for the Marvel babies. Come on, look at how cute they are!

Well, that’s it for this week.

This is Chimneywriter signing off!

Comic Book Wednesday: Post #3

Comic Book Wednesday is a weekly post where I will talk about comics I am reading or have read and will also contain the comic purchases I made over the week.

Title: Marvel Now’s Deadpool #1

Writers: Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn

Artist: Tony Moore

Colors: Val Staples

Publisher: Marvel

This comic is my first true experience with Deadpool outside of the world of fanfiction and a brief appearance he made in a cartoon, and it was really close to what I was expecting. The presidents of the past have been revived from the dead and have acquired killer intent during their should have been eternal nap. America is in trouble, the Avengers (especially Captain America) can’t help, so there is only one person the can turn to… Deadpool!

I love Deadpool’s character just as much as I thought I would, which is a lot. He has great commentary and I love how he interacts with others both enemies and ‘allies.’ I also really loved President Lincoln’s part at the end. The irony of it was fantastic! Overall, my opinion on this series, based of the first issue, is rather high and I hope it maintains this quality or raises above it. I’m really looking forward to the insanity in the next issue!

I wrote to the Marvel crew that had a hand in this issue to say how much I enjoyed it. It was a special fangirl moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t read a lot this week, but hopefully next week there will be more on what I am reading!

What I bought This Week:

Until next Wednesday:

Chimneywriter signing off!

Comic Book Wednesday: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends by Various

Since my comic book/manga reading has increased I’ve decided to create a meme called Comic Book Wednesday. Each Wednesday I will post about a comic book series I’ve read or am reading. It’s generally the same as My Thoughts, but geared towards comics/manga. I hope you enjoy!

 

Title: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends

Writer: Zeb Wells

Artist: Joe Madureira, Greg Land, Leinil Francis Yu, and various others

Publisher: Marvel

This trade contains the issues #1-5 for the currently running series, Avenging Spider-Man.

Will most likely contain spoilers.

My Thoughts:

When I was growing up I was never really able to get into the superhero comics, but than this past summer happened. I got together with some friends and we ended up watching Marvel’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, needless to say, I fell in love. While we were watching the movie I found out The Avengers was also out in theaters, so a couple days later I went to go see that, loved it, and went to see it again. Now, add on the new Amazing Spider-Man movie, a re-watch of some of the older films (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man 1 and 2), and you have a fangirl. So, it was after the viewing of most of these movies that I decided to give the comic book world of heroes another try.

I picked up this trade while out with a friend and, despite my reservations, I was not disappointed. The first three issues are mainly about Spider-Man teaming up with the Red Hulk to free the enslaved mole people under the streets of New York, as well as rescue the captured J. Jonah Jameson (the guy whom gives Spider-Man most of his bad reputation). It was an interesting team-up to say the least. I like how it showed that brute force isn’t always the answer and that you shouldn’t turn your back on someone just because that would be the easy way or because they did something to you in the past. The art in this three part story was top-notch too!

Now, onto issue number four! In this part Spider-Man teams-up with the ever lovable Hawkeye against  the Serpent Society. This issue really reminds me of the reasons I love Spider-Man. He is such a great guy who is willing to do things for his teammates so they aren’t hurt physically or emotionally. I liked the art for this issue, but not as much as I liked the art in 1-3.

Lastly, we have issue number five in which we have a team-up with Captain America. Now, this story is rather sweet with a side of action. Peter (Spider-Man) wants Captain America to remember whom he was before the serum and to continue the passion (comic drawing) he had before donning the red, white, and blue costume. When the team goes after Sidewinder, Spider-Man volunteers to go with Captain America in hopes of connecting with him, however, he is sort of pushed aside. Peter, though, still tries to open the other’s eyes that you don’t necessarily have to give up one thing for the other. I felt like this story had more to do about connecting with a teammate than the other 4. (The other four dealt with that a bit, but not as much.) I had similar feelings to the art in this one as I did to issue number four.

What I really like about this trade though was that Spider-Man’s personality stayed consistent (it probably helped that the writer was the same for all five).  His humor was like a breath of fresh air from what I am normally used to reading and so was his understanding. I’m really happy that I started my trek into the land of Marvel Heroes with this trade and I’m looking forward to reading more of the Avenging Spider-Man comics in the future. I would recommend this one to people who have at least a little background on the characters because it doesn’t really go into depth about how anyone got their powers or their pasts in general. It’s certainly a good read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Thoughts On: Fall Out Toy Works: Vol. 1 by Brett Lewis (writer) & Sam Basri (artist)

Title: Fall Out Toy Works: Vol. 1
Author: Brett Lewis
Artist: Sam Basri

Published by: Image Comics

Synopsis:

A brilliant young toymaker risks his entire company for his factory’s newly produced android, Tiffany. But when he falls in love with his own creation and she’s already been sold to the most powerful man on Earth, getting her back becomes his greatest passion – and his own destruction Inspired by the ideas and lyrics of Fall Out Boy, Fall Out Toy Works brings the magic of innocence to life as both a toymaker and his invention set about learning the true secrets of life. Created by Fall Out Boy visionaries Darren Romanelli (Dr. Romanelli DRx) and Nathan Cabrera, this trade paperback collects Fall Out Toy Works #1-5, and includes interviews with Pete Wentz and Darren Romanelli, plus a sketchbook section revealing the origins of the designs for the project. – (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

I was very excited to dive into this comic, but sadly I was kind of disappointed. The story seemed very disjointed and I often felt like I was missing something like a line a character said or even an entire page (I reread passages often). This tended to lead to quite a bit of confusion about what was going on exactly. Was it a dream? Did it restart? Are they even in love? I am not familiar with the song this comic is based off of, so maybe that has to do with some of the confusion – I don’t really know.

The grammar also bothered me sometimes, which surprised me because I am in no way good with it myself. It was just so apparent in some places though such as the use of the wrong tense or simply the wrong word all together. One character did have the excuse of English being their second language, so the way they spoke didn’t bother me.

The art, however, I loved! The artist did very well in portraying facial expressions, so it was easy to tell what a character was feeling even if I didn’t necessarily understand what was happening. All the characters were also very distinguishable and it was simple to keep track of who was who. It was all just felt very clean.

The only real problem I found with the characters themselves was that they all felt rather flat (this can go hand and hand with the disjointed story). You never really get any background on any of the characters and the one character I feel you really do get some info on (Tiffany) is just really mind-boggling because of all the separate memories.

It’s not that I didn’t like the concept of this comic – I did. It just didn’t feel like it was executed well. It’s possible that there is another volume (it says 1 on the side), but I have looked and haven’t found anything as of yet (it also said ‘end’ at the…well, end). Anyway, I can’t really see where the story would go after this volume.

I would recommend this comic if you were looking for something with really nice eye-appeal or were looking for a mind-twister. However, if you were looking for a happy love story with a nice plot (with surprising, but understandable twists) this may not be the read for you.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

(close to a 3)

My Thoughts On: A-Babies vs X-Babies by Skottie Young (writer) and GuriHiru (artist)

Title: A-Babies vs X-Babies

Writer: Skottie Young

Art: GuriHiru

Cover Art: Skottie Young

Published by: Marvel

*This review will most likely contain spoilers of the epic baby battle!

My Thoughts:

I am very new to the Marvel Universe, I suppose you can say. I have known about it basically all my life, but I have only recently started to delve into it myself. I know a good number of the Avengers team (thanks to the 2012 movie and the research I did afterward) and most of the X-Men team (thanks to the cartoon series X-Men: Evolution), so character wise it wasn’t to hard to follow, and the story itself is also really simplistic. Captain America’s teddy bear has been compromised by the X-Men and he will do anything to get him back, including calling for the Avengers to assemble! (Well, the ones that are not sick or grounded anyway.)

Honestly, I read this issue (a one-shot, monthly) simply because it looked adorable and it was. It actually brought tears to my eyes because I was being blinded by the cute! (Baby Iron Man and Captain America~ ❤ ) The action was also really great and the insults that were thrown around were definitely what I would expect to be said by a young kid. It was also fun to find some of the hidden treats too – like the little Spider-Pig doll.

The only complaint I have here is that it was longer. I could read this forever! Heck, make an animated series out of it, please. The fan base would probably be as big as the one for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

I would recommend checking this out if you are looking for a quick and cute read. Also, if you know the characters to a certain degree (no need for expertise, but it would be more hilarious if you had some background) and wouldn’t mind your favorite heroes de-aged. To me, It was so worth the money!

However, if you are looking for something with a heavy and complicated plot (outside of babies fighting other babies) or extremely detailed art, or perhaps a blood bath, A-Babies vs X-Babies is probably not what you are looking for. The story is just one big explosion and the art is very simplified (though I still wouldn’t be able to draw it), but very easy on the eyes.

Rating: 5 Out of 5

My Thoughts On: Classical Medley by Sanae Kana

Classical Medley vol. 1 & 2 (complete series)

By Sanae Kana

Published by CMX

I picked up Classical Medley at a local comic book store (which is now sadly closed) based nearly solely on the art style. I thought it was cute and reminiscent of works by Koge-Donbo, such as Pita-Ten and Kamichama Karin. Outside of the art I knew almost next to nothing about the story that this two manga series would contain and I, honestly, did not hold overly high expectations for it. It surprised me.

Classical Medley is the story of a young knight whom under certain circumstances must protect the youngest prince of Kingdom Classical from the threat of death. Along with their Moon Dragon companion they set off on a journey to seek the aid of the young prince’s older brother in hopes that he can set things right, but will they be able to distinguish friend from foe? What exactly is going on in Kingdom Classical? And what about the mysterious Medley that has started it all?

I can’t say that this is my favorite manga series, because it’s not, but it was worth reading. The art was consistent and cleanly drawn. I had no trouble identifying one character from the other, which is something that is happened to me before with graphic novels. However, I should say, that if you are looking for extravagant and detailed art this may not be the place to like as the author’s style for this series is simple and plain.

Okay, let’s talk story. The story contained within the pages of this series reflects the art well, simple and plain. There is nothing overly complicated about it and is easily predictable, but it was enough to keep me entertained. I wish it had been a longer series as there were so many things that could have been expanded on, especially character development, which landed kind of flat. The story and characters just didn’t feel like they were used to their full potential. It’s safe to say that if you are looking for a manga with lots of twists and turns, and surprises this probably isn’t what you are looking for, but if you are looking for something quick and relaxed this may be for you.

Rating: 3 out of 5