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"Archer & Armstrong" (Valiant Entertainment) By Fred Van Lente, Clayton Henry and Matt Milla
For Fans who love: "Incredible Hercules," "Thor: God of Thunder, immortal people drinking
The best buddy comic on the market, "Archer & Armstrong" is Valiant's hidden treasure, taking the odd couple pairing of the original concept and mixing in ancient conspiracies, time travel, secret orders and mass consumption of alcohol. Fred Van Lente has crafted an epic than spans millennia, while never forgoing humor or human drama. Fans are guaranteed a laugh on every page, but the book does not traffic in schlock. A core title in the growing Valiant Universe, "Archer and Armstrong" has been the place where concepts like The Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer, concepts essential to Valiant's running narrative, are both introduced and fleshed out. The comic is anchored in the past with an eye toward the future, both eras seen through the eyes of the likable and relatable characters of the immortal Armstrong and the naïve fighting machine, Archer. While the title is immense in scope and daring in execution, the reader is never overwhelmed thanks to the breezy nature of the protagonists' bromance. For those who miss the antics of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold (and really, who doesn't?), Valiant offers the buddy adventure book you're looking for.