Review: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #3

a&a_003_coverAt last…Bacchus’ diabolical plan stands revealed: get Archer and Armstrong drunk! Too bad one is an immortal with a liver of steel and the other is a bit of a lightweight.That can only mean one thing: Mary-Maria to the rescue! But can she and Armstrong put aside their differences in time to hold Archer’s hair back? Or is he about to ruin the expensive interior of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel?!

 

No matter how much I’m enjoying this series, that title will always be a mouthful, and because I don’t want to type  out A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #3  anymore, I’ll be referring to the title as A&A #3 from here on out.

That being said, this is a fantastic comic.

It’s no secret that I am a fan of interesting paneling and layouts when it comes to comics, and within the pages of A&A #3 there are some very interesting examples of both, often on the same pages – there’s a brilliantly disturbing sequence where Archer is feeling a little worse for wear that’s fantastically laid out on the page.

A&A #1 is one of the most entertaining comics you’ll read this month, but there’s more to this issue (indeed, this series), than the surface would show you. Watching Armstrong‘s emotional attachment to his booze is something that will actually make sense about half way through the issue. Despite the fun here, there’s a deeper message to be gleaned from the comic’s pages, and one that I may be interpreting entirely wrong – I may also be seeing something that isn’t there, but at the end of the day, what you take from a comic is entirely down to you, and for me A&A has been a brilliant story that reminds me not that anything can be important to somebody no matter what others may think of that item.

Writer: Rafer Roberts
Pencils: David Lafuente Inks: Ryan Winn Colours: Brian Reber

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review. Previously post on Graphic Policy.

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