Quantum and Woody #5
Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Review by Josh Rose
Things couldn’t get worse for Quantum and Woody if they tried. Well, Eric at least. Woody betrayed him in order to see his birth father in Australia. They are both in danger from Kid Tesla siphoning their powers for an evil plot, or getting unlimited free energy, or both, which may or may not result in their death. And if they die, the Negative One won’t be able to get revenge on them for killing her family of clones. Quantum and Woody #5 sees Woody learning the truth about his dad, Eric convincing Negative One to free him so they can stop Kid Tesla and give her the chance for revenge. Ultimately, the two estranged brothers reconcile before things go sideways and they risk death.
I really like how Daniel Kibblesmith has tied this all in back to the flashbacks: the lessons learned as a child bearing upon the current day, as well as delirious jokes. Kibblesmith also ends this story arc the way he started it: with Quantum and Woody working for a government agency.
Kano’s art is full of great colours, and his panel layouts are so much fun to follow. The double spread page full of tiny little panels where Quantum, Woody, Negative One, and Thedge fight Kid Tesla’s marsupaloids is gorgeous and incredibly complex. Some of the panels show close ups of each of the characters as they speak, and some of them show the larger image of them fighting the robotized marsupials. The designs for the mecha-koalas, kanga-robots, and wom-bots are fantastic and outrageous, just like the idea of them.
The Verdict: Buy it.
Quantum and Woody #5 is a great finish to Kibblesmith and Kano’s first arc. They started off with Quantum and Woody not speaking to each other, and ended it with them reconciling. They started off with Eric being recurited by a “government agency,” and ended it with them both being recruited by a real one. The status quo has been restored but shaken up enough for new stories, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.