- Posted by Johanna on June 16, 2014 at 7:32 am
- Category: Comic News
Valiant relaunched Quantum & Woody last year, which caused some discussion about whether the title would be interesting without the concept’s creators, Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright. For me, at least, the original run was so much a reflection of Priest’s personality and sense of humor that I didn’t bother with the new version. At that time, to address reader concerns, there was mention that the company had been in touch with the creators and that they’d be doing something with the characters sometime. I didn’t pay much attention, since good intentions are easy to promote, but they don’t matter unless something actually gets released.
Now, we have specific dates. Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody will be a five-issue miniseries by Priest and Bright, launching October 15 at a $3.99 cover price. It follows on from the original series, set “20 years on from Quantum and Woody’s last adventure”. (I guess that makes it something of an alternate universe from the still-running “main” title.) Here’s the publisher’s description of the series:
Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody (not a couple) have long since parted ways… until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness… just as Quantum takes on a life-or-death personal mission for national security. Can these former friends set aside their differences… and their age… and their numerous health difficulties… to join forces one last time without driving each other crazy?
After a well-received run on Black Panther at the turn of the millennium, Priest’s most recent series were the short-run The Crew (2003-2004) and Captain America & the Falcon (2004-2005), which was handicapped by a mismatched artist. It’ll be a pleasure to see his writing again.
Quantum and Woody originally ran from 1997-2000, with 23 issues reprinted in several collections. If you’re interested, all of them will be reprinted as The Complete Quantum and Woody Classic Omnibus, also available on October 15 with over 600 pages for almost $100 (cover price $99.99). It will be “the first in a new line of oversized hardcover omnibuses re-presenting the most demanded series and runs from the Valiant archives” and contain issues #0-21, #32 (a one-off future glimpse), The Goat: HAEDUS one-shot, a guest appearance from X-O Manowar #16, the new backups from the trade paperbacks and the never-before-collected story “Thunk”, as well as design and promotional material. Sounds like the way collections should be!
Here’s a four-page preview of the first issue of Q2: