The latest incarnation of Quantum and Woody has been a delightful remix as the brothers have grown to hate each other. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith has postulated maybe the only way to fix their dysfunction is to bring back their father. Oh sure, that won’t make it more dysfunctional!
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!
Why does this matter?
This is a one-shot flashback issue that explores the relationship Quantum and Woody had with their father. If these characters matter to you you’ll wanna check this out as it reveals new truths! Plus the goat gets to be front and center.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue explores a brief moment where Quantum and Woody get to hang out with their dad. Kibblesmith utilizes this setup to show us how each of our heroes reacts to pressure and danger. Quantum needs to fix it. Woody needs to get drunk. It’s a nice way to show how they balance each other out, but also how they deal with life. Through this little adventure they also get to hang with their pops, which is key to their current relationship in the now. It’s also interesting to see how their father grew up loving movies and how he wants to go out.
Francis Portela draws a good issue with a superhero sensibility longtime comic fans will respect. He simply nails an opening scene involving the trusty goat giving birth. I won’t spoil it, but it’s icky and insane all at once. The technology looks great–some ’90s talking robots are a highlight–and that includes Quantum’s costume. Flashbacks work largely because Portela keeps even the simplest scenes cinematic in nature.
It can’t be perfect can it?
It’s odd this issue completely switches to a flashback one-shot given how the momentum of the last two issues were picking up. It’s probably due to the artist needing more time, but it puts a damper on the overall experience. Francis Portela’s art is nothing like Kano’s either, which will throw you for a loop too. If you’re like me and you cracked this open with no idea of its purpose or art change you’re going to be confused.
Overall the narrative is good, but not great. It’s a nice domestic view of our characters, but aside from those ’90s robots it’s not a funny issue nor action packed.
Is It Good?
A good done in one story, but it’s a shock to the system how the artist is changed and the story does not continue from the last chapter.