Review/ Quantum and Woody! #8

Written by Ryan Files

July 18, 2018

Writer: Eliot Rahal

Art: Joe Eisma

Colors: Andrew Dalhouse

Letters: Dave Sharpe

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment

Rating: 12+ Only

Originally created by MD Bright and Priest

 Remember how I talked about Quantum and Woody #7 being a trippy experience? Wel,l the saga continues with our heroes, Eric and Woody Henderson waking up from their surreal world journey. After failing to touch wrists, Eric and Woody were stuck in a world of their own creation that quickly devolved from a dream to a nightmare. By indirectly touching wrists, they luckily find themselves back in the real world, yet are immediately faced with the prospect of fighting a biker gang…as normal human beings. Somehow when Eric and Woody traveled, they seem to have lost their wristbands and their superpowers, but worse yet, they may have brought something sinister from that other world back with them.

A scene from Quantum & Woody ! #8. Image credit Valiant Comics.

Whereas the last issue pointed out the personality differences between Eric and Woody, this issue puts shows how their brotherly bond balances well for the dialogue and comedic elements throughout the story. The writer Eliot Rahal does an excellent job of not focusing too much on one character or the other, instead of letting the characters “voice” really come through within each panel. The way in which Eric’s unwavering steadfastness gets the duo into just as much trouble as Woody’s goofy personality is a clever spin on the balancing act one sees when fights are usually provoked in similar situations.

Artistically, I was not as thrilled with this style as the last one. Granted, it is hard to take this issue as its own work because we have the last issue to use as a comparison model. After seeing such specific detail in the last issue, this one felt a bit more traditional in nature. The scenes are clear, and expressions are conveyed well, but the specific detail of texture and attention to the little things gets lost a bit. For example, background elements are very sparse, which is meant to draw the eye toward the action in the scene, but a little crisper detail could have gone a long way to make this issue more memorable. Still, this is professional work and there are no technical flaws here in the drawing or in the coloring. I am excited to see where Valiant Entertainment takes the next issue of Quantum and Woody. And don’t forget, you can find issue #1 for free here.

Ryan Files is an avid comic book and video game consumer, reviewer, and critic hailing from the boondocks of Illinois. He has taken his ethnographic cultural studies background and applied it to his love of geekdom. He is a huge Star Wars nerd, Castlevania fanatic, and his power level is definitely over 9000. When he isn’t online writing about how he misses old school beat em’ ups like Final Fight, Streets of Rage, or TMNT IV Turtles in Time, he raises his 3 Dora Milaje warrior girls with the most awesome wife a blerd could ask for. You can reach the mumbly one @moblipeg on Twitter or email him at

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