The entire issue plays out like a movie script, probably in part due to writer James Asmus’ writing background, but also because this book is meant to feel like a buddy comedy – and it works! We start the story with Armstrong and Rufus, the king of the hobos, on the run. As they board a moving train, Rufus, who has been shot, presents Armstrong with the map which kicks off the story – a map drawn on the butt cheeks of the previous hobo king. Still with us?
James Asmus does a terrific job with this first issue and this book is a perfect example of the wit and humor we’ve come to expect from him in Quantum and Woody. To say that this book is out there is a bit of an understatement. In fact, as funny and often-times crass as Quantum and Woody is, The Delinquents takes it to the next level.
The fact that this story centers around a treasure map drawn on a hobo’s butt is ridiculous enough, but the characters and situations they fall into are just as ridiculous. These characters are caricatures of people but have a very human side to them which is nice to see, and amid shelves filled with superhero books, it’s great to have a book that is all about story and character – regardless of how ridiculous those may be.
There are tons of characters in this first issue, but each has his or her own distinctive feel and personality. Aside from our heroes, there are various hobos, and corporate types each of which come into their own as the story progresses. How Quantum and Woody end up meeting up with Archer and Armstrong is hinted at in the last few pages of the book, but I’m really curious to see how they will end up teaming up to fight the evil Mondostano corporation.
Kano’s art style is very different from most of the other Valiant artists, and while it may not be for everyone, we thought it was extremely refreshing. His panel work and character designs are as quirky as the story, making his style a great fit for this book. The look and feel of this book is unlike anything else put out by Valiant, and reminds us of Jeff Lemire’s work in its grittiness and old-school feel.
“If you’re tired of the same-old superhero stuff this book is definitely for you. The combination of characters and the outrageous premise is sure to entertain anyone and James Asmus, Fred Van Lente, and Kano are the perfect trio for this hilarious story.”