As this series consistently does, “Quantum and Woody” #10 provides serious silliness that congeals into a fun comic book filled with great art and a lively adventure. The issue, written by James Asmus with art from Kano, centers on a plot to steal an ancient, powerful artifact from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It is there the reader is reunited with Eric Henderson, Quantum of “Quantum and Woody.” As a civilian, Henderson is working security at the Smithsonian when the break-in occurs.
From there, Asmus brings the unexpected and couches it into a story that is a comfortable and welcoming as the tenth issue of a comic book series can be. That’s not to say “Quantum and Woody” #10 is predictable, it is quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. From wacky, chuckle-worthy dialog to the very obvious, but not-quite-generic caper set in motion, everything is fresh and spun in an entertaining fashion. “Looks like the supposed curse on this thing is a crock of squid squirts, then,” is something I did not expect in my comics this — or any — week. Asmus inserts the mystic and the unknown right alongside a twisted, ridiculously sibling rivalry and ups the ante by putting that rivalry on opposite sides of the heist.
Kano is a true partner-in-crime throughout this issue. With masterful camera choices filled with insanely detailed art, Kano’s work in “Quantum and Woody” #10 is much more animated than I mentally associate with him, exhibiting versatility beyond description. As a matter of fact, the only way to truly appreciate Kano’s work on this comic is to spend the four bucks and just soak it in. The artist fills this comic book with imagery, providing visuals worth every penny. Opting to use a plethora of panels to tell the story, the one splash page Kano inserts into the issue is a “Family Circus” type of meandering tale through the loft of Eric Henderson as Clone Sixty-Nine wonders about Woody’s absence. In addition to filling “Quantum and Woody” #10 with magnificent art, expressive characters and extreme detail, Kano punches in subtle narrative imagery, like Vincent Van Goat eating the police tape at the Smithsonian following the break-in. The visuals are rounded out with letterer Dave Lanphear’s fantastically playful work, which really comes into play during Woody’s voodoo freak out.
“Quantum and Woody” #10 is just another wonderful example of the reverential irreverence this comic book brings to the industry. At no point does this story become weighed down from its own seriousness. It revels in being irreverent, but also provides a comic book story filled with comic book tropes, just filtered through Asmus’ imagination and infused with a healthy dose of fun. Asmus and Kano do a fantastic job of celebrating comics through “Quantum and Woody” #10 while entertaining readers with action, adventure, intrigue and humor the entire way along. If you’re not reading this series, it’s not too late to start now.