The Delinquents #1

Writer: James Asmus, Fred Van Lente Artist: Kano Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force unites these ill-suited and irresponsible “heroes” for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back home in time for happy hour? Let’s hope so…’cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the Goat!)

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Aug 19, 2014

    The Delinquents manages to take two incredibly strong double acts and integrate them in such a way as to ensure that not a single character is lost in the shuffle, all the while making sure the humour keeps flowing and the whole thing doesn't end up feeling forced. So whether you're familiar with the worlds of Archer & Armstrong or Quantum & Woody, do yourselves a favour and pick this one up. I promise you won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 21, 2014

    Valiant Entertainment has given readers a lot of great reads over the past two-plus years, but "The Delinquents" #1 is a brand-new highlight that is just as approachable for new readers as it is for veteran Valiant fans. Asmus, Van Lente, Kano and Sharpe provide a perfect example of how to blend humor and action, adventure and fun. This comic is sure to find favor with readers who enjoy "Avengers" or "Chew," and presents something that many claim they want: new and different. Of course, it's also funny and innovative, which certainly doesn't hurt. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Kate Coenen Aug 21, 2014

    The Delinquents #1 is an ambitious start to the adventure, and I can't wait to see what happens when Quantum, Woody, Archer, and Armstrong finally collide. Valiant has given us one of the most fun comics out there, so if you ignore The Delinquents you're as big a fool as our protagonists. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Aug 20, 2014

    Theres nothing I dont like about The Delinquents #1, aside from perhaps the amount of times I had to type treasure butt map in this review. Asmus and Van Lente understand Quantum & Woody and Archer & Armstrong like the backs of their maps, and Kano is bringing a remarkable amount of passion and design to a book that could have been relegated to cheap crassness. Im more excited about The Delinquents #1 than I have been about any Valiant title since Rai #1, and I highly recommend you give this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Anderson Aug 26, 2014

    Once again, Valiant seems to be gleefully reminding everyone why comics are fun, and what made them so popular in the first place. If you only buy one comic this week, make it this one, because that's what I'm doing and I'd really like more people to talk to in life. Thank you in advance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 20, 2014

    I realize that the otherValiantbooks look more intense and action packed than “The Delinquents” #1.ThatArmor Hunterscross-over looks pretty cool. However, I think thats the point. This book is where goofballs with powers do stuff and joviality and mirth ensue. The variant covers alone that combine to make a game board are a genius move itself. I have never liked the variant cover thing but THIS makes me want to actually buy them to play the game. If the cover can do that, I have no doubt the creators behind that and this story will deliver the goods here. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Jul 29, 2014

    The Delinquentsis a pitch-perfect cocktail of fun, fan service and social commentary – perfectly paced and stylistically realized – and whether you're a fan of one series, both or neither is truly a non-issue; there is fun to be had in these pages and it's so infectious that it's almost impossible you won't be affected one way or the other. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Aug 20, 2014

    I'm pretty in love The Delinquents, and as someone who avoids super hero books like Superman avoids kryptonite, it makes me wonder what other delightful lighthearted adventures I am missing within the genre overflowing with capes, costumes and super powers. It's already obvious that this four issue series is going to be a riot of an adventure. I can't wait to see what hilarity ensues when the four main characters come together to create a little chaos riddled with comedy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 23, 2014

    Buddy books can be a whole lot of fun and doing two sets of buddies here going on basically a Hobo Quest certainly presents something fun to work with. And there is a lot of fun to be had with the book, though you may see more of it in the second read as opposed to the first where you're trying to piece it all together. The characters are handled decently here, though the Quantum and Woody guys haven't won me over to trying out their book yet, and the concept is one that hits some good notes because of what it is. With a four issue run, it's a minimal commitment that could have some amusing and comical twists and turns along it and they definitely make it worthwhile with solid art and a whole lot of dialogue so that you're not rushing through in a couple of minutes. I've long been an Armstrong fan so just coming back for more of that is worth it, but there's something potentially really fun in the mix here too. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 24, 2014

    Anyways, this is where Quantum and Woody come in. They get hired by the corporation to find the missing half of the map (which is in Armstrong's possession), and track down the treasure. While the two duos don't actually meet in this issue, both have a role to play. Quantum and Woody begin their search, which inadvertently leads an old friend of Armstrong's to tipping him off about the two. So we don't really get to see what the dynamic between all four of these characters is, at least not yet. This really just feels a lot like an issue of Quantum and Woody combined with an issue of Archer and Armstrong, rather than an actual crossover between the two, which is kind of unfortunate. However, the quality of those two series definitely translates to this comic as well, and so critiquing it for that reason is slightly counterintuitive. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 23, 2014

    Hobos, ass-map, Archer, Armstrong, Quantum, Woody, the fist issue is awesome. If you've never read either of these teams' series, are already a fan, or just looking for a good laugh, then look no further, this has it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Travis Bass Aug 21, 2014

    Overall, I am pleased with how this issue turned out. I would have liked the two teams to have met up by now, but the writers at least appear to be moving them towards that goal and do not appear to be padding things out. What is also nice about this story is that it appears to be completely self contained. There are no tie-ins to this story, not even from the two individual series for these teams. The artwork is also enjoyable to look at, and provides much of the book's humor. If you're a fan of both titles, than this is definitely worth a look at. Even if you only know one of the teams, you should be able find a lot of entertainment from this as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 20, 2014

    Archer and Armstrong in the same book as Quantum and Woody? It's the comic book comedy team-up Valiant readers have wanted. Sometimes crossovers can feel a little forced but that isn't the case here. What makes this meeting even better is that it will all be because of an ass map for a hobo treasure. That should be reason enough to get this book. James Asmus and Fred Van Lente know the characters since they are writing the individual titles and Kano's art is the perfect choice for the story. You won't find a comic like this everyday. Don't miss out on it. And again, it has an ass map in it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Jul 23, 2014

    In the end, the book was definitely a tremendously brilliant and well thought out introduction to a brand new series. The comedic elements working in tandem with great storytelling made the somewhat bothersome artwork bearable because it was the writing itself that kept me sucked in. This series is one that will be added into my reading list and when it finally comes to a comic shop near you on July 28th I hope you all give the spectacular work of James Asmus and Fred Van Lente a chance as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Aug 17, 2014

    Valiant is doing so many cross-overs at the moment, with one franchise jumping into another as soon as one arc closes. Make sure that you do not sacrifice Delinquents #1. It is definitely going to be one cross-over that will offer a unique adventure and give you a break from all the serious stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jul 23, 2014

    It's probably not a surprise to anyone who has ever read my reviews for Quantum and Woody, where this creative team has joined up before, but I loved this book. It is yet another in a long, long line of stellar achievements from Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jul 21, 2014

    The wait for the second issue is going to be excruciating, considering just how advance of a review this really is, but Asmus, Van Lente and Kano have a re-read worthy first issue here while you wait for the follow up issue after this drops August 20th. In anticipation for this series, you most certainly need to check out these guys in their own respective books. This team, and the teams on the other books, consistently prove why Valiant is gaining ground on other publishers. They have a great line up, great creators and great characters. This book in particular is such a ray of light in a rather dark and dreary comic industry that it demands your attention. Dont pass this one up in August. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Aug 18, 2014

    A very funny romp that had me in stitches laughing Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Aug 4, 2014

    While at their simplest elements the plot points in this story, at least those revealed in this first issue may seem somewhat cliched, but with James Asmus and Fred Van Lente at the helm and the wholly unique characters involved, the potential is definitely here for this to become something highly entertaining and truly great. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Gregory Thompson Aug 19, 2014

    The Delinquents is a limited, 4-issue series of straight up tongue-in-cheek action and comedy. I hope the story tightens up (which I imagine it will once the four main guys are together) because I want to know who ends up with the treasure…and what it is. With this first issue, read it for the weird plot and nice illustrations. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Drew Bagay Jul 26, 2014

    The Delinquents #1 does not feel much of a crossover at this point. And it begs the question of why launch a new title over something like this where it could have easily been a crossover arc for Quantum & Wood and Archer & Armstrong. It feels very much like a Quantume & Woody book with guest stars Archer & Armstrong. With that said, this book is chock full of jokes and funny moments (which is somewhat already expected with these characters and writers) that makes it a nice easy read, although not that engaging. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Aug 22, 2014

    The problem with The Delinquents #1 is that the four core cast of characters lack depth"what you see is what you get, and it's not anything intriguing. Archer is as bland as my grandmother's meatloaf, Armstrong is like that annoying beer-guzzling guy at the end of the bar, and Quantum and Woody are pretty much have the same personalities. Thankfully, Kano's lively and creative artwork saves the book from being a complete disaster. Each page jumps is alluring and has a unique flow to them. Stick to X-O Manowar and Bloodshoot if you're looking for quality Valiant books; The Delinquents falls short of a worthwhile debut. Read Full Review

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