Cosmo’s Recommendations …A&A The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5
“How do you make Faith Herbert any more endearing? Send her out on a date with Obadiah Archer. It’s a charming evening full of awkward romance, geek-culture references and super-villain shenanigans. Fun times.”
Last month, Valiant announced a slate of new titles for the second half 2016, one of which was Harbinger Renegades. The Renegades have deep ties to both iterations of the Valiant Universe; it was hardly surprising that they were included among the initial titles the revived Valiant debuted. Since their previous series Harbinger ended, Harbinger writer Joshua Dysart has been focused on Imperium and Toyo Harada, leaving the Renegades free for other creators. For her part, Faith has found success in her recent solo series written by Jody Houser. This fall, though, the Renegades will be back as a team, staring in a book written by Rafer Roberts. Roberts is an emerging creator with experience at Valiant, where he has been doing a fantastic job scripting the current Archer & Armstrong title. However, the Renegades under Dysart had a very different tone than Archer & Armstrong, less wacky, more socially engaged. During the recent Awesome Con in Washington DC, I stopped by Roberts’ booth in Artists Alley and spoke briefly with him about how he was approaching the series.
Cosmo’s Recommendations …Weirdworld #5
“The conventional wisdom was that this title could not recover from the blow of losing Jason Aaron. Yet, regardless of whatever else he might be churning out for the House of Ideas, Sam Humphries is at the top of his game for this series. He has maintained the framework of Aaron’s Weirdworld while repopulating it with his own protagonists. His variation on the ragtag band of questers is quite charming. Meanwhile, Mike del Mundo continues to deliver page after page of astonishing imagery that is always among the best on the racks. Readers who might have dismissed this series out of hand, would be well rewarded by giving it a closer look . . . “
Over time, the property Archer & Armstrong has earned a prominent place within the Valiant library of titles. The 90s run by Barry Windsor-Smith is fondly recalled as one of the highlights of that period. When the company relaunched in 2012, Archer & Armstrong was one of their four initial offerings. The new title written by Fred Van Lente and a rotation of artists successfully channeled the spirit of the old while crafting something fresh. That series came to an end at #25, leaving Archer & Armstrong a bit adrift in the Valiant Universe. This week Valiant releases a new series for the beloved duo and based on the initial outing it is a fitting addition to their legacy.