Christopher Priest Returns to Comics With New Quantum & Woody

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.

Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody cover

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:

Q2 preview page 1Q2 preview page 2Q2 preview page 3Q2 preview page 4


9 Responses to “Christopher Priest Returns to Comics With New Quantum & Woody”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    OK, now I am happy.

    (Do goats live 20 years?)

  2. hapax Says:

    Holy cats, Valiant has figured out a way to get me to pick up a superhero comic again. Except for LOVE AND CAPES, I don’t think I’ve bothered since 52.

    And even though I own all of the original run, I’ll probably pick up the omnibus as well. :-)

  3. Anthony Says:

    Meant to try this series; wonder how new-reader-friendly this new series will be? (Yes, can buy the back issues of Priest’s run…)

    Re: goats: Wikipedia says the life expectancy of a domesticated goat is 15-18 years, with one instance of a goat living to the age of 24 reported.

  4. Thad Says:

    Wonder if “Thunk” will be available without buying the omnibus. I’ve been waiting for news on the finished-but-unpublished stuff for…well, since Priest first mentioned it existed, which is at least a decade.

    And regarding the goat: I read an interview (CBR maybe?) where Priest said no goat in the new mini.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I’m guessing that “Thunk” is meant to drive sales of the big expensive book, so probably not likely on its own. Well, everything is always available in some fashion, but I’m assuming you mean legally. :)

    Anthony, Priest is quite the professional, so I’m guessing you could make out most of it as a new reader, although you wouldn’t have the emotional nostalgia.

    Glad to hear people liked hearing this news.

  6. James Schee Says:

    I was late getting into this series think by the time I got a rob the series was announced as ending. Lol it was fun though so cool that it’ll be all in 1 place.

    I’ll be curious to see how the new mini does, I’ve started to be a firm believer in that you can’t go home again in comics. Levitz’s LSH, Hama GI Joe, Waid’s Flash are examples where things just were nit the same. Though Giffen & Dematteis (sp?) on Justuce League International was an exception.

    Still this will likely be better than current series which I tried. The work was earnest but came off as creators trying to channel Priest and not reaching there. I think they’d be been better served just bringing their own voice to it.

  7. Johanna Says:

    Very smart points. You can’t recreate comics you loved just with the writer; you have to have a similar infrastructure, and heck, a similar mindset. Thanks for sharing an opinion on the current book, since I’m glad to hear more about that.

  8. James Schee Says:

    Yeah sadly the entire Valiant reboot didn’t hit with me at all. With probably their best book being Fred Van Lente’s Archer & Armstrong which started off really strong, but has sort of waned the last few months.

    I think it & Q&W might be ending soon, as I saw a press release of a new series combining the creators and lead characters of it & the current Q & W series in a new series.

    Oddly ex-Valiant characters Magnus Robot Fighter and Doctor Spektor (just one issue by Mark Waid so far) have had really quality starts for Dynamite Comics though.

  9. Dwight Williams Says:

    I think I’ll be getting my hands on the new Priest/Bright series anyway.

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