Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1: The Michelangelo Code
- Ok, I am going to just go ahead and throw this out there: I am familiar with the previous Valiant works but I never read them so I don't really know very much about them. That being said, I have heard nothing but good things about the relaunched Valiant universe, particularly this title, so I decided to give it a try. Wow, I am glad that I did.
Although it's rather short, only 4 issues in length, the first volume of the new Archer & Armstrong series is an extremely fun book. Obadiah Archer is a young man, raised by his parents alongside his 22 siblings on a Christian compound and trained for only one mission; kill an ancient evil known only as "He Who Shall Not Be Named." Armstrong is a hard living immortal, who drinks and sleeps his way across the world to cope with the things he has done and seen throughout his long life. When their paths intersect, Archer's world is turned upside down and events that are all too familiar to Armstrong are set in motion that can change the course of the entire world. Fred Van Lente plays around with some interesting and familiar concepts, particularly with religion and faith, and while he doesn't dig to deeply he establishes them well enough to speak to most audiences.
I love Clayton Henry's art and I always have. His style adds to the fun action/adventure setting of the book and it really compliments the dynamic between the stoic Archer and the surly Armstrong. Plus, Buddist Nazi Monks!
While I would love to see Henry working on some high profile, mainstream books, I am content to selfishly have him continue working on this little gem.
Bottom line, I have a couple of Atomic Robo trades to read first but as soon as I finish those I will head to my LCS and pick up the second volume of this series.