QUANTUM & WOODY Return with New Look, New Creative Team
The new series starts in July, and like every Valiant revival thus far, it keeps recognizable elements of the original while looking to do something new, and bringing in a fresh creative team: Writer James Asmus, currently writing Gambit for Marvel; and another Marvel veteran, artist Tom Fowler, who recently illustrated Venom and Hulk: Season One.
Series editor Jody LeHeup says fans of the previous volume will find a lot to like about the new take, even though it's not a direct continuation of what's come before.
In the new version, Eric and Woody are not only best friends, but adopted brothers. Once again, a scientific mishap leads to them fighting crime — and they're even bringing back the goat, somewhere down the line.
Staying true to the original while moving into the present was at the top of Fowler's mind, as well.
"It was put to me that people are very, very passionate about these characters," the artist said. "While we were doing character designs for them, I did a number of passes on Woody, and ultimately we basically went back to the drawing that David Aja did for him."For Quantum," Fowler continued, "It was like, 'We need this, we need this, but it's still got to look a little like the original, but we need to bring it forward to what superheroes look like now…' There were a lot of notes. We really need to be as respectful to the original book as possible, but at the same time take a step forward."
"If you go out and have people running around looking goofy, then that's all that people will take away from it. They won't look past it to any depth that might be underneath," Fowler said. "It's always going to be funny, but it's not going to be necessarily just jokey-jokey-jokey-joke. There'll be some depth to it."
Both Fowler and Asmus have a flair for character work, LeHeup said, that made them ideal for a book like Quantum and Woody.
LeHeup said that ever since the Valiant revival started last year with X-O Manowar, fans have requested a Quantum and Woody return both online and at conventions.
"It's always sort of been a question of 'when are we going to do this,' as opposed to if," he said. "We've been very pleased to discover that there are a lot of Quantum and Woody fans still."
"We've spoken to Chris and Doc several times over the years and chatted extensively about a number of different projects," LeHeup said. "Once the characters are established in the new Valiant Universe, we'd love to work with them on something when the time is right. They're both tremendous talents."
Quantum and Woody #1, with a main cover by Ryan Sook and variants by Marcos Martin, Andrew Robinson and Fowler, is scheduled for release on July 10. The first lettered print preview of the issue will appear in Harbinger Wars #1, and the book will also be featured in Valiant's Free Comic Book Day release this May.More from Newsarama:
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