QUANTUM AND WOODY's Asmus Reaches Out to New & Old Fans
"The overwhelming response I'm seeing is very positive, very supportive, mostly people who are just excited to get new comics featuring these characters," Asmus told Newsarama. "Obviously, there have been a few comments from people who are cautiously optimistic, and even some folks who just won't give me the time of day by virtue of me not being Christopher Priest.
"For those people, there's nothing I can do, other than what I was already planning," Asmus continued, "which is just try and knock this book out of the park as much as I can, and hopefully they'll be able to just be excited for what it is."
"The good news is, I was legitimately a fan of the original book," Asmus said. "But I felt like I saw very clearly as a reader, the parts that I would update."
One of the changes comes in the straitlaced Eric "Quantum" Henderson and goofball Woody no longer being childhood best friends, but adopted brothers.
"I'm trying to streamline the logistics of their original relationship," Asmus said. "In ours, Woody comes into the family as a foster child. He's taken in, in his adolescence, by Eric's father. It's basically, for me, a cleaner, I think more relatable way of understanding and seeding how they've always kind of been stuck with each other, but there is a real kind of bond and [mutual] emotional responsibility."
"He was a capable soldier, but one who wanted to be in elite forces, and was washed out/not given that opportunity," Asmus said. "There's a bit of a hunger for this in him that's different, where he's kind of needing to prove something to himself. "
Yet, there's plenty staying the same, including, an important one to Asmus, the tone. While the original Quantum and Woody remains famous for its memorable comedic elements — like the goat, which appears on the cover of the new #1 — it was also legitimately serious at times, and that's a balance the new writer (himself a sketch and improv performer, as well as the writer of humor comics like his creator-owned series The End Times of Bram and Ben) is looking to keep.
Also sticking around — the Pulp Fiction/Frasier-esque title cards marking the transitions between scenes.
"I love that, I think it helps," Asmus said. "Certainly I like it better than saying '12 years ago!' or something like that. I think it's a hip, more playful way to bring the audience to a different place."
"I think [Fowler's] art captures exactly all of the elements that I was trying to balance out in my thinking about the book," the writer said. "It's got a good amount of that superhero/comic book aesthetic, but it also has real emotional expression, it has great comedic edges to it — he doesn't go over the top, but it's wildly expressive."
"Honestly, I am excited that there are so many aspects of the old series for me to be excited about, and springboard off, and try to revive," Asmus said. "I'm just grateful and thrilled that there was such awesome work done on it."More from Newsarama:
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