By Todd Allen
The comment section has been clamoring for new about what the revived Valiant is planning on doing with Quantum and Woody. If you haven’t experienced Q&W, it was a comic that ran at the second incarnation of Valiant from ’97-’00 with a a one year gap in the middle. It was a buddy dramedy featuring mismatched partners who had to make physical contact every 24 hours or their powers would consume them. And they had a goat. A goat with a mask and a cape. (No, this title didn’t always take itself seriously.) Quantum & Woody was written by Christopher Priest (sometimes credited as just “Priest”) and drawn by Mark D. Bright.
Valiant has been kicking around what to do with Q&W for some time now. They’ve settled on starting out with a digital re-release. Quantum & Woody #1 will hit Comixology on 10/24 and #2 will drop on 10/31. Issue #1 will be free.
This gives me the impression that Valiant wants to take the temperature of the demand for the property. It’s a cult title that hasn’t been published in 12 years. It also might be a little weird to integrate into the universe they’re building. It absolutely has a different tone and I imagine most of the people who fondly remember it would have a hard time picturing it without Priest and Bright.
So if you haven’t checked out Quantum & Woody yet, can do so for free in 3 weeks. It’s highly recommended.
Valiant will formally be announcing this at NYCC, so feel free to ask them what the next step for Q&W is while you’re at the show. They’re aware people are curious.
Updated: Valiant will be releasing the entirety of Quantum and Woody in two halves. The first half is 10/24, the second on 10/31. The first issue will still be free.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.