Archer & Armstrong #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Clayton Henry Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: August 8, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19
8.4Critic Rating
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After years of training, Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to root out and kill the infamous Great Satan of his parents’ sect. Unfortunately, dying has never been easy for Archer’s target – the hard-drinking year-old immortal known as Armstrong. Together, this unlikely pair of heroes is about to stumble headfirst into a centuries-old conspiracy that will bring the whole of ancient history crashing down on the modern day Valiant Universe. And that’s going to mean one Hell of a hangover

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 2, 2012

    Seriously fantastic art to accompany an incredible story; typically the first issue is just a set up issue and sure this issue does that as well. The thing that makes it great is that it doesn't feel or read like it's simply setting up plot points. Already there is a strong connection to the characters and with the ground work done in this issue you can bet that the next issue will only be better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate Aug 8, 2012

    Valiant has comics for everyones tastes. Harbinger had previously been my favorite series of theirs storywise, but I found the art too fractured. With Archer & Armstrong, both story and artwork are appealing and fit together. If youve been ambivalent towards Valiants comics lately, not finding one you truly love, try Archer & Armstrong #1. It may be the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 3, 2012

    All of Valiant's new books have been heads and shoulders above their recent competition from the Big Two, and several other independent publishers, but Archer and Armstrong just might be the book that rises to a head and shoulder higher than Valiant's other books. With every new Valiant book published I continue to be amused, entertained, and best of all amazed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Aug 13, 2012

    This is a great start to the fourth Valiant title, and very well worth getting whether you just want to try one book, or if you're going for the whole-Valiant experience. Personally, I'm going for the whole experience, and this issue continues to solidify for me the rightness of that--in some ways I'd forgotten what it was like to simply enjoy a group of comics the way I've been the Valiant relaunches. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 10, 2012

    Though Archer & Armstrong remains the only Valiant title to survive the recent purging of my comic book collection, my fondness for the characters was relatively faint. Consider it rekindled. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 8, 2012

    If you are looking for some great superhero books outside of the usual tights and fights, then check out what Valiant is doing. Every book they have launched has been a great read. Archer & Armstrong is no different. It's fun, action-packed, and interesting, which is more than can be said about most superhero comics on the stand these days. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 8, 2012

    This is, simply, a great comic. It is a great start to what promises to be a fun-filled action adventure with some great twists and turns from a top notch creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Aug 21, 2012

    But I'm torn about this comic. On the one hand, it's a first issue and as a kick-starter it is entertaining, interesting and has some nice action. But I've had hit-or-miss luck with liking Van Lente's writing so here's hoping he keeps the issues to come as awesome as this one! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 8, 2012

    I can't say that I enjoyed Archer & Armstrong more than X-O Manowar or Bloodshot (the other Valiant titles I read) but I can tell you that it is a hell of a lot better than the New Avengers crap that Marvel shovelled out this week. If you're going to spend $4 and you want a great story with interesting characters and appeal that is going to last for quite some time, I'd recommend Archer & Armstrong #1 this week. Well done Valiant, I eagerly await the next new series you're going to throw my way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 12, 2012

    If, like us, this is your first journey with the dynamic duo, then it appears to be a terrific place to start. What is immediately disarming is just how funny this book is, filled with terrific dialogue, visual gags and spins on the comic format itself. The artwork is gorgeous to look at as well, perhaps making this Valiant's must-read debut of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Aug 5, 2012

    Now of course this was only the first issue, but I thought it was terrific and I look forward to future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 2, 2012

    "Archer & Armstrong" #1 gives us an extremely strong debut for the series; it's funny, it's got action and there's even a fun new spin on the ultra-rich "1%" powerbrokers and what they'd do with a superhuman weapon in order to control the economy. In short, it's exactly how a series from twenty years ago should be updated for a relaunch today. I'm sold on the new "Archer & Armstrong." If you were a fan twenty years ago, definitely take a look. If you've only heard about how fun the original was, this is a good way to get a sample of what you were missing. It's not the same as the Windsor-Smith issues, but it's still quite enjoyable in its own right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Aug 25, 2012

    The relaunch of Valiant continues in very strong fashion and this is yet another one of their books that I will be looking forward to every month. That is great for them but not so much for my wallet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 7, 2012

    This isn't the old Archer & Armstrong but Van Lente and Henry are definitely off to a good start. They've packed an impressive debut full of punches and punchlines that are sure to enthrall new readers and jog some old-timers' memories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Aug 3, 2012

    There isn't a whole lot that I want to go into for this issue, because it's issue one, and we need to allow this book to grow, and I want you to discover this for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Plug - Tanya Ruiter Mar 2, 2016

    An interesting read. While some things are a little bit predictable, it still leaves you wondering how the heroes will accomplish what they need to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Joel Bowers Aug 31, 2015

    Archer & Armstrong's debut issue in the new Valiant universe is a fun one. We see our characters jumpstraightinto thestory and will let them develop as the future issues go by. The story picks up from thebeginningthat does not have any set-up sicknesses that most number one's have. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Aug 10, 2012

    While Archer & Armstrong under Van Lente and Henry's direction is currently poised to be The Sword for the Christopher Hitchens set, an acidic, clever take on religion that leaves no target unskewered and happens to also prominently feature a fantastic journey through time, it also possesses the ability to evolve into something more heartfelt and real, a work that steps away from vitriol and potshots and gets at a deeper truth about the philosophical divisions between the various followers of a faith that's theoretically all about forgiveness. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 12, 2012

    But this issue didn't hook my attention at all, so I won't be back. Someone let me know if it gets better. Read Full Review

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