Archer & Armstrong: The Michelangelo Code is not only another good example of the great stuff that Valiant Comics is doing but also an exciting twist on the super-hero team-up. It’s a buddy action comedy. Valiant has been doing some incredible, progressive stuff with their comics. Yes, they are essentially relaunching several of their titles from 15 years ago but they are doing it at a great time, when The Big 2 are doing pretty much the same thing in their own ways.
Valiant’s relaunch seems more fresh and honest than that of their larger competition because Valiant’s characters haven’t had decades to become over-used and stale. Hopefully, Valiant ends up having decades to grow their characters into something more complicated, interesting and natural because what they’ve created so far is exciting.
Fred Van Lente’s writing with Clayton Henry and Pere Perez’ art makes Archer & Armstrong an exciting and witty comic with a lot going right for it. Archer & Armstrong is both action packed and humorous, a buddy comedy with Archer as the straight guy, new to the world and Armstrong as the rowdy-life expert shocking and educating his new little buddy. Van Lente’s writing makes Archer & Armstrong is a non-stop roller-coaster with conflicting humor and adventure.
Putting all of this fun writing to imagery is Henry and Perez with art skill that is easily as good as anything The Big 2 are churning out. But what makes their comics better than their competitors is the raw material they’re working with. The script is fun, unique and new and the characters are unlike anything The Big 2 are rehashing for the fourth or fifth time. Archer & Armstrong is a fun title that should keep readers coming back as well as checking out other titles by Valiant Comics.