Archer & Armstrong #0

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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The true story of the Epic (Fail) of Giglamesh! Original series artist and Harbinger Wars superstar Clayton Henry returns to tell a tale of the early days of the man known as Armstrong! How early? How's ancient Ur sound? For the first time, the 100% true story behind the Epic of Gilgamesh can be told... A tale of three warrior brothers, the Anni-Padda - or as you may know them, ARMSTRONG, the ETERNAL WARRIOR and TIMEWALKER - on a quest to the mysterious Faraway to bring back its immortal Boon. What they find is a lost land full of danger, excitement - and the greatest secret of the Valiant Universe! Plus: this issue tees up the next arc of A& more

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 8, 2013

    ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #0 is my favorite issue of the series so far. It may not be the normal laugh-out-loud book we're used to, but this issue delivers a fantastic story with fantastic art that makes you feel... well... fantastic. It's hard to believe that month after month this book keeps getting better and better, but it does. It's like some sort of comic book magic. While my problems with the issue were small, the rest of the book is amazing. This is a book you should be reading, unless you hate fun. If so, I can find a selection of SEO pamphlets that would be a bit more of your speed.Overall, go buy this book. You deserve it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Herotaku - Brian Benjamin Feb 5, 2014

    This issue was a great jumping on point for those who haven't been reading the series. For long time readers of the series, you will be in for a pleasant surprise when you read the last page of the issue. All I can say is Mission Improbable is a go! If it's one book that should be on your pull list, it has to be Archer and Armstrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar May 14, 2013

    HIGHLY recommended for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 6, 2013

    Another great read from the best new publisher to emerge in years...again...Archer & Armstrong is a must read for Valiant fanatics and fans of great comics alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Sebastian Mejia May 11, 2013

    Clayton Henry is back in the penciler's seat after a few month hiatus, and the book looks as good as it ever has. Henry marries ancient Mesopotamian architecture with surreal alien creatures in a way that seems 100% natural and is a joy to look at. I found myself occasionally taking moments to pause and really appreciate all the details, whether it was the expansive backgrounds or the meticulous detail of the plant-life in the Garden of the Sun. The icing on the cake is David Baron's coloring. Everything is so rich and vibrant; if there's one thing this book is not, it's drab. There are only so many ways to express how beautiful this book is month-to-month. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Culture Mass - Brian Martin May 8, 2013

    Archer & Armstrong is a zero issue that is high on enjoyment and indispensable for fans. Truly a remarkable feat, and one we're coming to expect from titles carrying the Valiant brand. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover May 14, 2013

    Henry gets a lot of room to play around and his fun, ultra clean style is a great fit for this kind of adventure; he nails the camaraderie and rivalry of the brothers and gives the book far more life than any Classics Illustrated ever have. A lot of zero issues from publishers feel more like teases but Van Lente and Henry both clearly care for the story they're telling and it shows, proving that not every origin has to be a yawn inducing rehash. Plus, did I mention the dinosaurs? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 8, 2013

    This was a great read and entertained the hell out of me. While Archer’s past is the big mystery at the moment, it’s just as interesting to find out more about Armstrong and his involvement in history. Knowing that he’s part of Epic of Gilgamesh, I can’t wait to see what other historical figures he ends up being. If you’re not reading this series, first of all what’s wrong with? Second of all, you should be and this is a great jumping on point. You can literally read this issue and pick up with issue ten or go back to the beginning. Either way it’s worth it as I’m sure any regular reader could tell you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin May 8, 2013

    Overall, I really enjoyed this origin story. It was the perfect length and kept me interested. My only complaint is that it tended to get a bid wordy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 11, 2013

    This is a zero issue that's worth the stop, and even if you haven't already checked out the series yet, worth getting on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Worm VonChaos May 16, 2013

    Here goes my second attempt at a Valiant title and Ill have to admit that it didnt go as well as the first. This story picks up with Armstrong telling Archer a tale of his early days back in the beginning of time. There were furry dinosaurs and robotic spider people but even those were not enough to keep me interested. Dont get me wrong, the story was well written but I didnt really care about the characters. The art was also well done and the colors were bright and vibrant but I still couldnt get into the story. I think Ill chalk this up to different strokes for different folks. Having no knowledge of these characters going into this I just couldnt get into it. Im giving this a 3 because I didnt hate the book it just isnt my bag. It looks great and it flowed but didnt grab me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng May 13, 2013

    I enjoyed how Van Lente wove in the classic tale of Gilgamesh into the world of "Archer and Armstrong." It's clear that Van Lente is heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell's theories about mythology and archetype, in particular the idea of the hero's journey. These references enrich "Archer and Armstrong" #0, but ultimately, Van Lente and Henry's origin story for the Anni-Paddas lacks pathos and meaning that transcends its influences. Read Full Review

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