Christopher Priest and Mark Bright bring Quantum and Woody back to Valiant
Quantum and Woody will be making their return to Valiant Comics. Introduced back in 1994, Quantum and Woody quickly became one of the most popular Valiant comic books of the 1990′s. The series was created by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Bright. That original series ran until 2000. At this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC), Valiant Entertainment announced that Priest and Bright would be reuniting for a five issue Quantum and Woody limited-series, set in their original continuity.
Earlier this year, Valiant announced that it was relaunching Quantum and Woody as a new series, with writer James Asmus and artist Tom Fowler. In addition to not being written and drawn by Christopher Priest and Mark Bright, there were some pretty major changes to the details of the two characters. Needless to say, the Internet erupted into a hate-fueled shitstorm. In an effort to win fans back and regain some credibility with Quantum and Woody fans, Valiant announced that there was another project in the works that actually did involve the original creative team of Priest and Bright.
This new Priest/Bright limited-series is titled, “Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody” and is scheduled to launch sometime in 2014. The series picks up in the original Quantum and Woody continuity, nearly 20 years after the last Priest/Bright issue of Quantum and Woody hit comic stands. Additionally, the series takes place in real time, meaning that the two title characters will have aged considerably since we last saw them.
In an interview given to Comic Book Resources, Christopher Priest talked about the story behind this new Quantum and Woody series, saying…
Well, it doesn’t connect directly to any ongoing plot thread, mainly because I barely remember what those plot threads were and I doubt that a lot of people would want to have to go digging back through old volumes to figure out who those characters or what those particular situations were. Mark and I kicked it around, and I said, “Why don’t we boot this some years down the line?” The guys have found some way to separate themselves, so they literally have not seen each other in at least a decade or more. Woody has gone on to other things. He’s not doing the hero bit anymore. Eric continued being Quantum for quite a while, but he actually stopped being Quantum for a number of years and no one has seen the masked vigilante Quantum in quite a while. It’s just like old friends rediscovering themselves.
Basically, Woody is off living his life, the Quantum character reappears on the news and some news chopper gets a shot of Quantum in action. At first, Woody is kind of scoffing at him, because he knows Eric’s way too old to be running around like this now. But then he sees on the news that Quantum has a new partner — and the partner’s like a teenage sidekick. Woody thinks Eric’s lost his mind, that he’s being really reckless and irresponsible, endangering some kid. In theory, Woody thinks he has to seek Quantum out and confront him about this new behavior and talk some sense into him. That’s the inciting incident for the story that brings them back into each others’ lives.
As of right now, there isn’t a solid release date for Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody, other than sometime in 2014. What is for certain is that there will be a very devoted and excited fanbase lining up for this series, as it’s going to be something special to see Quantum and Woody back in the hands of Christoper Priest and Mark Bright. As more details regarding the new limited series from Valient become available, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
What are your thoughts on the return of Priest and Bright to Quantum and Woody?
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