Straight Forward Reviews : Archer and Armstrong # 22

AA_022_COVER-A_CRYSTALThe duo are back in their search for Archer’s mom and trying to figure out the strange place they’re in where celebrities are seemingly like gods.

Writer – Fred Van Lente

Artist – Pere Perez

Publisher – Valiant

Review by Jeremias de Leon

Story

This issue goes into the personalities and back stories of Archer and Armstrong and has the two feel even more fleshed out. Armstrong gets some flashbacks that flesh him out even more but mainly act as a way to give some foreshadowing about the relic they are looking for. Archer faces off some, quite literal, ghosts of his past and becomes more of his own man thanks to it.

The writing in this issue is superb. From subtle and not so subtle hints at pop culture, and segments where you the reader are left to ponder about philosophical things about life. The story does its job of being entertaining and thought provoking well.

Art

This issue contains quite a bit of action in it and it looks fantastic. Whenever Archer uses his martial arts or newly discovered psiot powers it looks like it can be just at home in a comic book as it can on a wall or in a video game. It’s quite dynamic and in short just plain cool. AA_022_006

Verdict 

This was a thoroughly entertaining issue. Fred Van Lente knows just how to put together a story and this one is moving beautifully. It has great comedy, action, and just enough thought provoking material to not be seen as just another dumb comic. Not that this ever was. I give Archer and Armstrong # 22 a 9 out of 10.