Archer & Armstrong #5

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: December 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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ALL-NEW ARC! No one in the Valiant Universe is more dangerous or more experienced in the art of war than the undying Eternal Warrior. After thousands of years on the battlefield, he’s a master of strategy and weaponry, an unrelenting force of nature capable of dismantling entire armies with little effort and less conscience. His brother Armstrong, on the other hand, likes to read poetry and drink beer. But now — after years apart — the Eternal Warrior has a new mission: destroy young Obadiah Archer, Armstrong’s best-est new buddy and teammate in the war against The Sect.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 12, 2012

    If you're still reading this review, then you're doing something wrong. You should already be in your car on the way to your LCS. Is it closed? Well, wait outside until morning. You owe it to yourself to read this book. ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG 5 is the start to a new story that anyone can pick up and enjoy. The creative team on this series, and this issue in particular, is fantastic, and it should be one of your top 10 books each month.Overall, I thing you need this book. Now, time for a wacky rating.ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG 5 gets 5 screaming Gilad's out of 5. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Dec 11, 2012

    It recently came to my attention that Valiant is in a sales slump, perhaps the new car smell has worn off, but I have a hard time believing that it can be argued that this series has lost any of its luster. Van Lente is doing an incredible job in capturing the voices of two unique and compelling characters, and then putting them in creative and entertaining circumstances. And now that he is paired with a talented artist like Lupacchino, look out. I would argue that this series, and not X-O Manowar, is the jewel in the Valiant crown, and it deserves the golden treatment. Give this amazing comic a chance to win you over, I bet that it will do just that! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 9, 2012

    As quite possibly the biggest Eternal Warrior fan around, I'm overjoyed at the return of one of my favorite comic book characters of all time to the printed page, even though I'm a little disappointed at how one dimensionally he's portrayed during his re-introduction. There's plenty of time for character development later though when he gets his own series (HINT HINT Valiant!). Regardless of The Eternal Warrior's eventual future, Archer & Armstrong remains one of the most fun, action packed, and best reads being published right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Joe Sarnicola Dec 11, 2012

    Wow! I enjoy reading Archer and Armstrong every month, but this month the art really seems to jump right out of the pages. In the medium of the comic book, which the general public often thinks of as frivolous and disposable, it's nice to know some artists still try to use one- and two-point perspective to add depth to their work. Emanuela Lupacchino certainly does in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - JohnP Dec 12, 2012

    Ok, maybe this issue was a little light on the comedy compared to previous ones, but you will chuckle more than once still. It's the beginning of a new arc and is laying the groundwork for a much larger tale. Fill in artist Emanuela Lupacchino nails the action perfectly. During a scene when Gilad is chasing Armstrong down with a bus, I could practically hear the Terminator soundtrack in my head. Fred van Lante is excellent, as always, deftly balancing all elements of the plot, inserting unforced funniness where possible, and pacing everything well. It's a solid start to a new story that has me anticipating next month's reveal of a new Geomancer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Jo Lewis Dec 11, 2012

    Valiant's return has been one of my comic highlights this year and Archer & Armstrong my favourite title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 12, 2012

    "Archer & Armstrong" #5 continues another installment in a strong title for the company. This is a creative team who understands the strength of the buddy comedy genre and how to make it work. To borrow a phrase, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll eagerly await the next issue. That's exactly what you should want from a monthly comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 17, 2012

    The issue seems to use the new arc as a chance to start afresh, with a more accessible storyline and stronger art. Worth a second chance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 12, 2012

    This was a good issue and I’m sure that it’s only going to get better in the next issue. I just wish that the focus wasn’t on introducing the Eternal Warrior and rather continued with A&A. Especially now that Archer is alone and we have no idea where his “sister” with the glowing eyes ran off to. I enjoyed what little development happened between their characters in this issue, but would really if the issue had spent the entire time on the running developing them and then EW arrived at the end, I think it would have been more impactful. I’m still looking forward to the next issue and the possibilities of a spin off from this storyline. Read Full Review

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