December 26, 2013 - Getting a little crazy!
Quantum & Woody were fantastic.
What made this comic great... And if you are reading along with these, you are probably coming to see a disturbing pattern developing here... It's the way that Priest - with Bright's help, of course - could convey the insanity of a scenario - right on that edge of believable reality. Occasionally tipping its hat to the other side, but never really dancing over the edge. Uproarious, laugh-out-loud humor. And then, it slapped back at the reader with serious life altering changes.
In the last few issues, it examined both men's pasts - and here, it brought back the past, nearly reveling in Woody's thumbing his nose at his partner, and flying in the face - among other parts, too - of Eric's wishes. And then, throwing in lines, almost as asides, that paused and made the world stop. The Leonardo line, for example - brilliant. And the goat mask? And that one's from the straight man. Then placing it starkly against Taylor's demise - a guy who had worked nearly strictly as the comic relief to the comic relief. It set up the real punch to the gut. Amazing.
The name of this villain - pretty bad.
But I gotta admit, I like the continuing saga of the template getting lost along the way from person to person. That is, if it turns out to be something interesting - and not just some silly reading that leads to nowhere.
The issue does a great job really feeling its way through a few important issues. The racism angle - both the accusation - and defense of Jameson are pretty important. Not certain I remembered any other occasion so far that didn't just ring of the blaxploitation sense of the issue.
But it also brought Captain Stacey as a defender of Spider-Man, but clearly a man that couldn't tolerate his blatant disregard for laws, either.
Not a bad comic - but needs to get wherever the world the story has gone.