With a Reservoir Dogs inspired cover, issue #10 of Quantum and Woody shows what happens when accidental superheroes find themselves in the Smithsonian museum, Eric Henderson, also known as Quantum, is very disappointed with his brother Woody. After challenging Woody to go an entire day as a responsible adult, Eric must come to terms with the fact his brother just does not have a responsible bone in his body. As he tries to get life back to normal, Eric takes on a job guarding the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. However, Woody has also chosen to take on a job. Working with his ex love interest, Jacklean, Woody is hired to help steal a voodoo artifact from the Smithsonian’s Voodoo exhibit. The brothers face off in the Smithsonian, all the while surrounded by word play and voodoo.
One of the strongest skills of Valiant Press is somehow managing to combine so many of their comics in subtle ways that allow the universes of their books to intertwine, while still being stand alone stories that don’t require every Valiant Press book in print to understand. Unlike DC or Marvel, Valiant highlights elements from their other books in a way that gives the reader freedom to check out other series in their lines without convoluting the story so much that it becomes impossible to understand without picking up 10 separate books a month. James Asmus does a great job in #10 including the mythos of Shadowman while still telling a strong story that exists as truly Quantum and Woody. As usual, Asmus’ writing is laugh out loud funny even when a serious story is unfolding throughout. Kano’s art is strong in this issue. With a wealth of dinosaur bones and Smithsonian artifacts, he finds challenges and sails through them with artistic skill.
Quantum and Woody #10 continues to highlight the difficulties of Eric and Woody’s relationship, as well as the feelings of Clone 69 as she struggles to understand her place in a world where she isn’t just being used for replacement parts. James Asmus continues to delight month after month.