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Review Brew: ‘Quantum and Woody’ #12

Over the past twelve issues, Valiant Comics has delivered one of the funniest and endearing superhero stories. Quantum and Woody #12 acts as both a finale and a new beginning for these heroes. Quantum and Woody are arrested by X-O Manowar and are taken into G.A.T.E. custody to be monitored for the rest of their lives so that the villainous Infomercial doesn’t escape. While they are in custody, Capshaw and X-O come up with the idea to reform the superhero team UNITY and have Quantum and Woody on it. This couldn’t go wrong, right?

Quantum and Woody #12
Written By: Eliot Rahal
Art By: Francis Portela
Published By: Valiant Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: 11/21/2018

Over the past twelve issues, Valiant Comics has delivered one of the funniest and endearing superhero stories. Quantum and Woody #12 acts as both a finale and a new beginning for these heroes. Quantum and Woody are arrested by X-O Manowar and are taken into G.A.T.E. custody to be monitored for the rest of their lives so that the villainous Infomercial doesn’t escape. While they are in custody, Capshaw and X-O come up with the idea to reform the superhero team UNITY and have Quantum and Woody on it. This couldn’t go wrong, right?

In this final issue, Eliot Rahal tells a funny yet deeply personal story. This isn’t just a look at the personal lives of Quantum and Woody but also a personal study into how Aric functions. All three of these men have been through so much in their lives and have sacrificed everything for the greater good. After a confrontation the three of them sit down and have a genuine heartfelt conversation in which they see the good they have done for people. What Eliot Rahal has done in this run on Quantum and Woody has not just been honoring the legacy of the other creative teams that have worked on the book but cementing a new legacy for these characters.

The art by Francis Portela is simple yet fun. It fits the tone of the story well and it delivers on all fronts. There is a sequence of panels in the middle of the book that shows Quantum, Woody and Aric in a diner where they are treated to free food by the owner because of the help that Quantum and Woody gave him. It’s in this sequence that the heart to heart talk happens and in these panels the art elevates the story to a whole new level. The reader gets to see these heroes in normal clothes and without their masks and you see how human these characters are. The emotions drawn on their faces even without dialogue convey how much of an impact these three have had on those around them. It’s clear that Portela was the right choice for this final issue.

If there is one negative thing about this book besides it ending, it would be the fact that I wanted to see Quantum and Woody interact with other heroes besides X-O Manowar from this universe. It would have been fun to see them with Faith fighting bad guys and just taking joy and pride in what they do. I would have also liked to see them with Bloodshot on a dangerous mission and complicating things a bit. This is a very small negative from a book that celebrates all things Quantum and Woody.

I have enjoyed these twelve issues and I wish it could go on but I am happy with what Valiant gave comic fans.

4.5 Goats out of 5

 

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