Every Panel Ever: Panel Six

What’s the best way to get people interested in comics? Show them some comics. Every day The Spire posts a comics panel, with the ultimate goal of one day having posted every single panel which has ever been written, drawn, edited, inked, coloured, and lettered. It’s, y’know, obviously going to happen.

Here’s Quantum & Woody #2.



From James Asmus, Tom Fowler, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Lanphear. The first issue of Valiant’s worst superhero team ever gave us an idea that Woody (the white guy) was possibly the worst of all people. Issue 2 confirms that.

The series is utterly concerned with race, but never particularly as subtext. Instead, characters outright talk about race and prejudice throughout most issues, hitting every broad stereotype and alternately confirming and subverting them with downright glee. What you’re seeing above are the two leads after they first get superpowers and are penned down by the police. Immediately, Woody tries to throw his brother under the bus.

Quantum and Woody is a subtle book in many ways – but the main way is through dazzling readers with a lot of unsubtle jokes before twisting everything right back on us and revealing the root cause and context which explains why we’re seeing the things we’re seeing, and why the characters say the things they say.

It’s a well complicated book, in other words. And exploring those complications is one of the most fun parts of reading – it certainly makes Q&W one of the best books to re-read.


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