A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

Writer: Rafer Roberts Artist: David Lafuente Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 8
8.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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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?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 16, 2016

    Between the story and the art, A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 is a madcap romp through the anything-can-happen playground of comic books. The leads aren't superheroes, they're just characters in a drama. Except their drama includes some comedy, some fantasy, some science fiction and a whole lot of imagination. This comic, as mentioned once or more in this review already, has a little bit of something for everyone. Valiant had a strong offering when they came back to comic stands a few years ago, and offerings like A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 are the type of thing only Valiant provides. Roberts, Lafuente, Winn, Reber, and Lanphear may not be delivering a literary classic, but they sure are delivering an entertaining escape, which is why we all read comics, right? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Mar 16, 2016

    The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong is a great silly adventure that doesn't get explored often, what exactly is in those infinite bags of holding? The story is engaging and has a ton of laughs all throughout its pages and is enough to keep you asking for more, the art work is a little bit different then to what we are familiar with when it comes to Valiant and Archer and Armstrong but it does the job perfectly blending with the story! If you are a Valiant fan or just want a comical book, I'd recommend this book! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Mar 17, 2016

    I loved Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry's 2012 revival of Archer & Armstrong, so I was excited and a little trepidatious when I saw that the series would be relaunched under a new creative team. I should have had more faith, because Rafer Roberts and the rest of this creative team have given us a bang-up first issue that feels both like a new chapter and like classic Archer & Armstrong (if something that was around in 2012 can be called "classic"). If you're a fan and are on the fence, give it a try. I think you'll have a great time. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Mar 17, 2016

    Archer and Armstrong return with a bang and it doesnt miss a beat. Rafer Roberts did a phenomenal job on the story and it feels like the Archer and Armstrong of old. Some may not like the art of David Lafuente, but I loved the uniqueness of it.The colors look amazing and captures the tone of the story. If you dont know much about Archer and Armstrong, this may not be the best to know about them. If you go in without knowledge of the characters, it is an enjoyable first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Tim O'Reilly Mar 4, 2016

    If you're like me and have yet to find a book to hold your attention in 2016, pick up A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #1. It doesn't grab your attention. It commands it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 15, 2016

    As a recent convert from Valiant newbie to full-tilt fan, A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 is exactly the kind of book I want as a reader. Though the duo have been a staple of Valiant's line for a long while, this new #1 presents them almost as brand new characters, unmoored from their own continuity. Rafer Roberts, David Lafuente, Ryan Winn, and Brian Reber show those unfamiliar with the characters exactly what their world is like and why their dynamic has stood the test of time. Valiant Entertainment may have a slew of heroes under their umbrella, but A&A #1 shows why these two knuckleheads are two of their most popular and entertaining characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 17, 2016

    I’d definitely say that the first issue is a success. I’m beyond stoked to read more; things can only get more intriguing from here. I’m bummed that Mary-Maria is such a jerk (it like really, really made me sad), but I’m looking forward to seeing how she’s going to use the satchel to her advantage. As for Armstrong and Archer, they’re in a bit of trouble right now, so it’ll be cool to see how they handle it together. This duo is strong, and definitely worth following. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Kieran Hair Mar 20, 2016

    A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 is an amazingly fun comic with a surprising amount of heart. Some may argue that the humor can almost get a little too ham-fisted and self-referential at times, but it succeeds far more often than it falls flat. As someone who is being introduced to these characters for the first time, I can say from experience that this is a great comic for newcomers to the series. I have no idea what they have in store for us next, but I definitely know I'll be waiting on the edge of my seat to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian Lloyd Jul 5, 2016

    Rafer Roberts script is nothing less than pitch perfect. Giving us the kind of re-introduction to these characters you'd expect. Funny and weird and again risky after all we've been through with these characters, this is a great intro to a new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Mar 25, 2016

    Plus, the curiosities of the bag and things we can glean about possibly amusing events from Armstrongs long life and just the endless potential for humour in it all are for me a HUGE reasons to give the comic a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Mar 16, 2016

    The art here is also very solid, which is honestly something that doesn't surprise me given the talent that's responsible for the comic.A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #1is a very good comic that's absolutely New Reader friendly (and I'm saying that from the perspective of a new reader to these characters). I may not be as familiar withArcherorArmstrong as I am with the immortal's brothers,Ivar (Time Walker) and theEternal Warrior, but if the rest of the series is as good as this issue then I'm along for the ride all the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 17, 2016

    It's a wonderfully absurd start that only gets better the more players that get involved, and Roberts shows a keen understanding of the unique camaraderie and depth the often at-odds companions share. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Mar 14, 2016

    That aside, this is a very strong beginning and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Mar 16, 2016

    It's nice to have Archer and Amrstrong back again, and if this first issue is any indication, readers can expect plenty of good times. Roberts writes a fun story while Lafuente keeps the issue looking delightful. Sure, there are a few odd decisions regarding some characters' actions, but that doesn't prevent Valiant from having yet another fantastic debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Mar 3, 2016

    In true Valiant style, A&A is yet another comic that rides the line between respecting and building on the rich history of the characters involved, and keeping the story accessible to new readers picking these characters up for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Mar 4, 2016

    Unconventional and novel, this buddy adventure will catch you off-guard and have you saying thats my bag, baby.A&A hits shelves March 16th. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Mar 15, 2016

    While occasionally the book can appear to have a little too much style and not quite enough substance, in fairness it doesn't take itself too seriously and it did genuinely made me laugh. Furthermore, it requires no background reading to enjoy fully, so new readers can jump right in and enjoy the action, but you can bet I'll be looking to absorb everything I can about Archer and Armstrong from here on in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Mar 17, 2016

    Archer and Armstrong is a solid title that reinvigorates the characters, while keeping up with the level of quality it has since its relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Project-Nerd - Pat Mar 19, 2016

    If this is what readers can expect from this creative team in the future, then more people will stop knowing simply the names of Archer & Armstrong. They'll be able to recite their impressive background from the 90s to today, the same way they spout off every fact about Batman and Robin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Mar 16, 2016

    In a world dominated by superheroes and major crossovers, A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong is a breath of fresh air. The friends that argue and fight together, stay together. The backdrop of all this taking place inside a mystical satchel elevates the entertainment level. I'm looking forward to seeing what craziness happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Mar 5, 2016

    So, mark your calendars Crusaders, for A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1, is scheduled to arrive at your local comic book shop on March 16th! Don't miss out on the newest exploits of two of Valiant's most coveted characters embarking on a journey inside the supernatural shoulder bag of Aram Anni-Padda and meeting up with someone who's been for waiting for them for three millennia! The big, the bad"the bitter " Bacchus! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Mar 9, 2016

    Despite a few bumps in the road, A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong continues the Valiant tradition of unique, character-focused stories within a grander, connected universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Mar 24, 2016

    Valiant has a lineup that is pretty solid, with all the characters that have seen second (or third, or fourth) life on the comic book shelves, and Archer and Armstrong is another brought back from the brink for an all-new adventure. My history with Valiant is thin at best, and rocky at it’s worst- but I have enjoyed books like Quantum and Woody and Divinity, and the event books like Book of Death and The Valiant. I haven’t read much Archer & Armstrong, beyond the Delinquents miniseries they were in, but I enjoyed their involvement in that story and some of the other books they’ve popped up in (Like Archer showing up in the pages of Faith- another new book from Valiant worth checking out). This issue has an extremely low accessibility hurdle, which is awesome to see in a new number one issue, plus it takes our characters on an adventure exploring their past (but not necessarily retreading something in their recent history, which would make the last collected edition required homework to fully understand the story…) plus it gives us quite a lot of humor AND some good action as well. This book was one I was expecting to be the silliest book for the week, and while it was really quite goofy, and never took itself too seriously, it still told a meaningful story that was actually engaging to read. The artwork is solid, and the writing is really good for a book that feels like it could ALMOST pass for an all ages book (if you don’t count all the drinking, and Archer assaulting that one granny goblin). I think this book is really fun to read, and if you disagree with me, in Archer’s own words, well I would have to say you’re a real “son of a lady dog!”.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Mar 25, 2016

    A couple chuckles beef up an interesting story, but not quite enough to hook me in when I have many other titles to read already.

  • 9.5
    Zumba Mar 15, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 20, 2016

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Kho7000 Aug 13, 2016

  • 7.0
    CraigR Mar 21, 2016

  • 3.0
    stijlleben Apr 4, 2016

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