Written by Rafer Roberts
Art by David Lafuente
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16th
GET SMASHED…OR BE SMASHED! Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo are going “IN THE BAG” for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente!
Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.
Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners.
Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service.)
Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?
Be sure to check out the awesome trailer for the series below
One of my favorite action/adventure buddy comics is Valiant's Quantum and Woody (Q&W). But they have another action/adventure buddy comic called Archer & Armstrong (A&A). I wasn't too familiar with A&A until Valiant did a hilarious crossover between Q&W and A&A, The Delinquents (review here) it involved a hobocalypse and assmaps. I was immediately smitten with the unlikely pair.
The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong issue #1 is a great chance to jump into the series. It is over the top silly, but the writing is witty. When you pair up a sheltered and naive, mad skills, ninja do-gooder with a 7000 year old drunken immortal, there are bound to be awkward moments. The two, while on different ends of the moral scale, work well together and managed to teach each other a thing or two while kicking supernatural butt.
Armstrong owes someone a debt and has to dive into his "bigger on the inside" bag to find something. Unfortunately he leaves the bag open and all sorts of crazy can now escape. Archer heads in to find Armstrong...and we find out what lurks in Armstrong's bag. We also get to meet Archer's sister, who is part of the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness. Can Archer trust her? What do you think?