The funniest superhero comic of the 1990s was probably 1963, the period spoof created by Alan Moore and a host of co-conspirators. But for my money the second funniest was the buddy comedy Quantum and Woody, which deconstructed race alongside superhero tropes. And now, it's back.
Valiant is putting out a new Quantum series this summer, and I'm not sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, this is the long-awaited return of one of my favorite comics. On the other hand, Quantum belongs to a very particular moment in comics history, and I'm not sure it'll work the same way now. Plus, original creators Christopher Priest and Mark D. Bright aren't back, and instead the comic is being done by James Asmus and Tom Fowler — who are reinventing the premise. This time around, Quantum and Woody are brothers instead of friends. (Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?)
Talking to Comic Book Resources, Asmus explains:
The core concept is definitely the same in our version, which is two wildly mismatched guys who grew up essentially as brothers from different mothers who have now, in the wake of their father's death, caused a whole world of trouble for themselves. This includes gaining powers they can't understand or control and bumbling their way into becoming superheroes to bring the people behind their father's death to justice. It ends up playing like a crazy mash-up between buddy cop comedies and classic street-level superhero action/science-fiction.
Thanks for the heads up, Karan!