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Review: Archer & Armstrong 15

Written by Jimmy Gillespie on Thursday, November 14 2013 and posted in Reviews

Review: Archer & Armstrong 15

Armstrong and Ivar go on the bar crawl to end all bar crawls.

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Civil war continues to brew amongst the sects as we see what Armstrong has been up to since the adventure in the Faraway. Fred Van Lente and Khari Evans bring another issue jam packed with slapstick comedy, time travelling shenanigans and beer diagrams. While this may sound like an unusual combination it’s just par for the course with A&A. 
The issue is the flipside to the story told in 14, as we see what Armstrong has been up to since Archer abandons him in the faraway. Together with his brother Ivar, the two immortals spend the issue on time travelling bender, consuming enough alcohol to kill a herd of buffalo. The trip starts off with a botched assassination by The Sect in ancient Egypt as we see a very Three Stooges-esque fight scene. The binge continues onto Vienna in 1529 into London circa 1813 as Armstrong comes to terms with his and Archer’s current relationship. The binge ends in a pile of puke in Chicago just as prohibition begins and Ivar attempts to patch things up between Archer & Armstrong.
Fred Van Lente writes another great issue choc-full of funny and memorable moments even though this issue is pretty offbeat, even for A&A’s standards. The story jumps around to four different eras, but never feels jarring or off pace and always maintains its goofy vibe. Khari Evans continues doing some fantastic work throughout the issue. The fight scenes are hilarious and action packed every mug of beer looks delicious.
A&A 15 is another great self-contained story, this time featuring the less sober of the A&A team. While ‘The 3,000-Year binge’ doesn’t have much to do with the Sect Civil War itself, the issue is still a solid and fun read. Which is no less than to be expected from the Archer & Armstrong team.


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