The Hardcore Review: KLANG! The New Dynamic Duo IS BACK! (SPOILERS)
Derek Henderson has been murdered! And who better to solve the murder than his own sons, the scientifically altered Quantum and Woody! This is the best buddy cop comic book out there. Although they’re not cops, and most of the time, they’re at each other’s throats. The duo grew up together. Eric (Quantum) is the biological son of Scientist Derek Henderson, and a retired military officer who comes back to the city when he receives news of his father’s murder. Woody (Woody) is Derek’s adopted son, who has always been in and out of the principal’s office ever since his formative years. The two seldom see eye to eye. And even end up trading punches at their father’s funeral.
But something is suspect. Derek Henderson has been working on some top secret stuff and when Eric and Woody go to the lab to investigate, the two have already attracted the attention of the police who are also investigating Henderson’s murder. This book is full of more laughs than tense situations, such as the aforementioned brawl at their father’s service. While the team storms through the labs, the cops are hot on the case. Woody gets the bright idea to interrogate a suspect. The worst, or best (depending on how you look at things) possible event transpires, when the whole lab goes up in a quantum explosion. With guns trained on them at the beginning of the second issue, a very naked Eric and Woody are bonded via quantum bands and given extraordinary powers. But, the caveat is, they must be in close proximity to each other. So, the twosome don costumes, although Woody does a bit less traditional than Quantum’s, as he didn’t want to muss his hair.
Eric is the straight man to Woody’s loose cannon. And it makes sense. Woody was always in trouble, even in his youth, while Eric did his best to make his father proud. This book could easily be called “Different Strokes,” although that gets a bit of an adult feel, if you will. Keep in mind, I never read the original series, but I have to say, if it’s anything like this, you’re going to want to scour the back issue bins of your local comic book shop.
Written by James Asmus and drawn by Tom Fowler, with covers by the venerable Ryan Sook, Quantum and Woody is one of those books that’s just so good. It has all the elements. It’s a title that doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet has some amazing scenes that are right up there with any blockbuster Summer action movie. Think Lethal Weapon, but without the psychosis. The dialog is superb and exactly what’s needed with this kind of a buddy comic book team with that love/hate relationship. Fowler’s lines are super crisp and he has to be given a lot of credit since so much of this title is dialog driven. It’s tough to make a dialog scene interesting. But Fowler makes it work. And Sook’s cover to issue one, with Quantum and Woody’s wrists touching via their bonded quantum bands with Woody spouting the onomatopoeia “KLANG!” is just genius. My only question is, where’s the GOAT fellas? Apparently we will see.
The grade for this book, has got to stem back to tag teams in wrestling. And more so, it has to stem back to a certain duo of ECW World Tag Team Champions who hated each other, but were so much fun to watch, for their technical prowess as much as their innate back stabbing DURING their tag team title matches. The duo of Chris Candido and Lance Storm. The back stabbing wasn’t even limited to their matches. It actually started with their entrance. The “team” would come out with Storm’s music playing, only for Candido to start yelling at the guy cueing the music to play his music. Candido would then go back through the entrance to his theme of “Back in Black by AC/DC. It would then continue with their ring introductions when the two would always be introduced as “Lance Storm and his tag team partner, Chris Candido.” Via threats of physical violence, or perhaps threats of being subjected to Tammy Lynn Sytch reading War and Peace the announcer would say, “I stand corrected…” and introduce the champions as “Chris Candido AND HIS tag team partner, Lance Storm.” It was great stuff from beginning to end, and a huge portion of the RF Video compilation “No Gimmicks Needed” The Best of Chris Candido in ECW. Pin falls usually happened during a referee distraction in which Candido would dismantle Lance Storm when Storm was going for the pin, and then steal the pin fall for himself. This caused as many impromptu brawls between the two as they had tag team title defenses. And this championship team was a heel team, and Candido was the heel/heel of the team to Storm’s straight man or face/heel if you prefer. If you crave amazing tag team wrestling, that could easily be a main event in any promotion, along with comedy antics right up there with the greats, then anything involving Candido and Storm is your best bet, just like Quantum and Woody.