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Advance Review: Archer & Armstrong #1

on Thursday, August 02 2012 and posted in Reviews
Advance Review: Archer & Armstrong #1

The Boys are Back in Town! The Summer of Valiant continues with the highly anticipated relaunch of Archer and Armstrong, and it’s the best of the young Valiant Universe.


The great thing about this relaunch of Archer and Armstrong is that it feels very much like the original title.  But rather than simply relying on what made the original so good, it also offers up something new even for readers of the original. Armstrong is the middle child of 3 immortal brothers. We see all 3 in this title, Ivar (known as the Timewalker in the original Valiant continuity) and Gilad (the Eternal Warrior). It seems that their immortality is the effect of a device called the Boon, which Ivar activates in the hopes of saving Gilad, who has apparently perished. There is a price, however, and it may have been the destruction of the ancient world.
Next we see Obadiah Archer, an incredible martial artist, who appears to have Taskmaster’s photographic reflexes ability. Raised in a Christian Right Amusement Park (you read that right), Archer is chosen to travel to the outside world and kill the Son of Perdition, who just happens to be Armstrong. What follows is the fish-out-of-water scenario as Archer sees the outside world, and New York City for the first time. The two meet, they fight, they’re captured, and Archer discovers there’s more to his mission and the world than he originally thought.
The story is funny, it has good pacing, and more action than I would have thought in an Archer and Armstrong title. This title definitely hits the ground running and is a blast the entire way.
As has been the case through all of the Valiant relaunch, the art is good. It’s not your typical superhero style. Clayton Henry rocks this book and he is absolutely great with humor. The characters look “realistic”, the fight scenes have a great flow, and Henry’s angles are always exciting.
Read this book. It’s funny, it’s fun, it’s well-written and it’s fantastically drawn. Don’t miss out on awesomeness just to read yet another title with Wolverine in it...
4.5 out of 5 stars


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