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The Pull List – August 20, 2014: THE DELINQUENTS #1

Editor’s Note: Hey there, comic book readers! We’re trying out a different format for the Pull List this week. We’re going to select one book as our pick of the week with a full text review, and another as our Nerdist News pick of the week on the Pull List segment. Let us know if you prefer this or the old format in the comments below.

Valiant’s crossover miniseries The Delinquents involves, among other things, the search for the missing scraps of a hobo’s butthole. That it takes four additional buttholes – Archer and Armstrong, Quantum and Woody working at cross purposes – to find it is only appropriate. Artist Kano helps construct a gag-laden followup to the 12-issue Quantum and Woody maxi series with that book’s writer James Asmus and Archer & Armstrong word guy Fred Van Lente for a first-issue that’s silly, a little profane, and dabbles in some of the pointed class struggle that weaves its way through the Valiant line.

The story starts, as ever, with stolen pie and a farmer’s daughter’s stolen virtue, when Armstrong ends up inheriting a flap of butt skin containing the secret route to a legendary hobo treasure. Years later, a fragment of it shows up (because Armstrong can’t live his life right and loses everything to booze and fast women), and since he and Archer have nothing better to do, they set out to find it. Meanwhile, Quantum and Woody are unemployable in any kind of straight job and they’re making a shambles out of being superheroes, so they end up taking mercenary work from a billion-dollar GMO factory that wants the map for themselves.

You can “hear” Asmus and Van Lente’s respective voices in the script: the former captures the free-flowing bickering and good/bad-natured prodding between the pair of duos (who haven’t yet met by the end of the first issue). Van Lente, who’s been using his series as a platform for on the nose but effective critiques of class, religion, and wealth, gets to not only insert a Monsanto stand-in ruining farmer’s lives, but actually giving them an evil science lair complete with a supposedly do-gooder boss who’s likely as crazy as a s***house tick. Again, there’s nothing subtle about the work here, but Van Lente isn’t doing nuance, he’s creating action-satire, and given the characters and their quest, it works.

The pair of writers chose what could be a potentially exploitative subject: an adventure among the homeless. But Asmus and Van Lente are playing with a very real part of “hobo culture,” such as it is, with the rituals and guideposts for other homeless travelers that has created a subculture which sees the open road and the rails as freedom while still not shying away from the fact that it sucks and is categorically awful to not have a home.

Kano continues his bang-up Quantum and Woody work here, creating grids of cross-cut jokes, complete with these beautiful panel arrangements that allow for the rhythm of a pause or an aside. Kano’s like one-time Immortal Iron Fist artist David Aja, but blessed with a better eye for facial detail and emotion. Also: someone put Kano on a Kung-fu book yesterday.

This first issue’s got jokes. Most of them thuddingly obvious, goofy, and a little gross. Those are all actually positives, given the characters. The real test will be to see how these four characters interact beyond the meet-fight-team-up structure in the coming issues.

DAN’S PICK OF THE WEEK

Do you like your heroes with a classic sensibility to them? Check out today’s Nerdist News to find out what Dan has to say about Dynamite’s Justice Inc. #1

Pull List 

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