Writer: Rafer Roberts
Artist: David Lafuente
It feels like it has been forever since Archer and Armstrong have had their very own series, but one of Valiant’s biggest duos is finally back with The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1. The new series is written by Rafer Roberts, who has contributed to a few Valiant works in the past, and penciled by David Lafuente.
Rafer Roberts does a great job with his first issue of the series, making Archer & Armstrong #1 accessible to new readers while throwing in quite a bit for longtime readers. The issue gives a brief introduction to Armstrong through a flashback of a previous run with a friend involving a lot of alcohol. While Archer gets a fair amount of time, there aren’t too many opportunities for new readers to get to know the sheltered martial arts master. Still, Roberts handles both of the characters well, without too many hiccups. The only part of the book that seemed somewhat off was with Archer during an interrogation scene that was a little more violent than what we’ve seen from the character. Other than that, the voices of the characters are accurate and a joy to read.
David Lafuente does a wonderful job at ensuring that the writing at no point overshadows the art. His pencils fit the style of the title just fine, and keep the book looking silly without going too far overboard. The characters have an intense amount of expression in their faces that remain consistent throughout the issue. Every beat is full of charm due to great panel layouts and synergy between the script and the art. The story and panels move along quickly and without any pacing issues to speak of.