Friday, January 22, 2016

Archer and Armstrong Have it In the Bag


Valiant Entertainment has been putting out its share of top-quality books, but Archer and Armstrong is arguably their most irreverent duo. The two could not be any different from one another, yet they still manage to get each other's backs on a daily basis. That continues on March 16 with The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1, the first issue of the new ongoing series by Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente. The issue will feature coves by Lafuente, Kano, Trevor Hairsine, Clayton Henry, Rafer Roberts and Phil Jimenez.

"A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is a funny book. It is also action-packed and full of strange and surreal characters and situations. However, under all the humor and surrealness, there is a great deal of heart," said Roberts. "One of the most satisfying things I get to play with in A&A is the fluid dynamic of a strong friendship under the guise of a manic action series. Like in any relationship there will be ups and downs. There will be good times spent fighting an army of lizard-men and trash golems, and bad times where they are getting their asses kicked by an 80-foot tall goat monster that they unleashed upon the Earth.”

Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known. A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners. Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service). Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

Full press release below.
Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente Go "IN THE BAG" for 
A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – Coming in March!

GET SMASHED...OR BE SMASHED! This spring, Valiant's award-winning heroes are back…and dropping into their biggest adventure yet for an all-new monthly series!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the NEW ONGOING SERIES from red-hot rising star Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)! Valiant's next blockbuster series starts here on March 16th with "IN THE BAG" – a insane rescue mission sending Archer into the depths of Armstrong's bottomless satchel to free his roguish partner from an ages-old enemy…but only if he can fight his way through a mind-bending maze of history's greatest lost treasures first!

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service.)

Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

"A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is a funny book. It is also action-packed and full of strange and surreal characters and situations. However, under all the humor and surrealness, there is a great deal of heart," series writer Rafer Roberts told ComicBook.com

"One of the most satisfying things I get to play with in A&A is the fluid dynamic of a strong friendship under the guise of a manic action series. Like in any relationship there will be ups and downs. There will be good times spent fighting an army of lizard-men and trash golems, and bad times where they are getting their asses kicked by an 80-foot tall goat monster that they unleashed upon the Earth.”

An immortal mischief-maker, a teenage assassin with a heart of gold, and the Greek god of partying walk into a fifth-dimensional messenger bag… Stop us if you've heard this one before when "IN THE BAG" starts with a bang on March 16th, only in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – featuring covers by David Lafuente (Patsy Walker: Hellcat), Kano (Swamp Thing), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis)!

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161737)
Cover B by KANO (JAN161738)
Cover C by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN161739)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161740)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (JAN161742)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161743)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161744)
Blank Cover also available (JAN161741)

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16th (FOC 2/22/16)







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