A&A #1-11 (Rafer Roberts / David Lafuente)

Comme annoncé lors du spécial célébrant les 25 ans de Valiant, Archer & Armstrong, le combattant adolescent et l’immortel alcoolique feront leur retour sous les crayons du jeune scénariste Rafer Roberts et du dessinateur David Lafuente (The Ludocrats) dans une nouvelle série simplement titrée A&A.

Dans le premier arc intitulé “In the Bag” (littéralement “Dans le Sac”), Archer doit aller aider son partenaire millénaire Armstrong à l’intérieur de sa besace magique où sont piégés démons, monstres, ennemis et même certains vieux amis ! Pour être sûr que personne ne prenne possession de l’artefact, il en laisse la garde à sa “sœur” Mary-Maria qui, elle, pourrait bien décider de les trahir…

A noter que David Lafuente vient de signer un contrat d’exclusivité avec l’éditeur Valiant Entertainement.

Si la collection n’a clairement pas eu le succès escompté en France, son avenir semble assuré aux États-Unis. A&A #1 sort en mars 2016.

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[size=150]INTERVIEW DE RAFER ROBERTS ET WARREN SIMONS[/size]

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Le site de l’éditeur: valiantuniverse.com

Voici trois couvertures variantes supplémentaires de A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 par Trevor Hairsine, Phil Jimenez et Rafer Roberts :

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C’est un aspect intéressant, dont j’ai déjà parlé au sujet de Rai, les “nouvelles séries” chez Valiant, du moins étiquetées comme telles, elles permettent à des nouveaux lecteurs de s’intégrer peut-être plus facilement dans cet univers partagé.

Et puis si l’intérêt persiste, il est alors loisible de se procurer les numéros précédents.

Ou pas.

[quote]Armstrong carries along with him a magic satchel. For those with Dungeons & Dragons knowledge, it’s similar to a Bag of Holding, much larger on the inside on the outside and capable of holding an near-infinite amount of Armstrong’s stuff.

When something very important goes missing, Armstrong has to climb inside the bag and seek it out. Inside the bag is a vast and surreal landscape filled with strange creatures and monsters, many of whom seem to be part of the ecosystem of organizing and cataloguing Armstrong’s stuff. I described it as a Home Depot designed by M.C. Escher. When Armstrong is captured by an old enemy lying in wait, Archer has to go in to rescue him. Our heroes will be visiting a few of the subsections including a booze cellar, a desert wasteland made up of ten thousand years of Armstrong’s garbage, and the living quarters where the strange creatures who inhabit and work in the satchel go for coffee breaks.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE RAFER ROBERTS[/size]

[quote]A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1

Story by
Rafer Roberts
Art by
David Lafuente
Cover by
David Lafuente, Kano, Trevor Hairsine

Release Date
Mar 16th, 2016

GET SMASHED…OR BE SMASHED! Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo are going “IN THE BAG” for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente!

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 that 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, the 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?[/quote]

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Voici quelques crayonnés de A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #2 :

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Voici Davey le Maquereau, la nouvelle “mascotte” de Valiant, un poisson parlant ressemblant à un représentant de commerce. Il s’exprime comme un truand mais semble prêt pour son prochain entretien d’embauche, qui fut piégé pendant très longtemps dans le sac magique de Armstrong.

Attendez-vous à le retrouver souvent dans la nouvelle série A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong de Rafer Roberts et David Lafuente.

Le premier numéro sort le 16 mars.

Source : bleedingcool.com

Parce qu’ils ne font pas la même chose que les autres, Voici la bande-annonce de A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong :

Et le portrait des autres protagonistes de l’histoire :

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Un petit rafraichissement ?

[quote]A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #2

Story by
Rafer Roberts
Art by
David Lafuente
Cover by
David Lafuente, Kano, Monica Gallagher
Publisher
Valiant Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Apr 13th, 2016

Reunited…and it doesn’t feel so good!

After following Armstrong into the depths of his infinite satchel in a search for booze, Archer and his partner, history’s most inebriated immortal, have found themselves prisoners of …uh…what’s this villain’s name again? Armstrong may not be able to remember what their captor, Bacchus, is all about, but he sure is upset by the memories tied to a rare bottle of wine. What secret is about to come roaring out of the past to haunt him? And is Archer doomed to the repeat Armstrong’s tragic mistakes? Plus: It’s a day in the life of Valiant’s new breakout character of 2016 - hey kids, get ready for DAVEY THE MACKEREL!

Valiant’s latest blockbuster ongoing series goes even farther down the rabbit hole when “IN THE BAG” continues right here from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente![/quote]

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Deux pages de** A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #3** :

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Voici neuf pages de A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #3 :

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[quote]A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #3
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover B by KANO
Cover C by MONICA GALLAGHER
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS
Variant Cover by BEN OLIVER
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Archer and Armstrong and Mary-Maria versus Bacchus —a dude who thinks he’s the god of wine!
At 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?!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 11[/quote]

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Le dessinateur du deuxième arc de la nouvelle série A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong n’est autre que le prolifique et toujours impeccable Mike Norton (Revival).

Voici quelques pages du cinquième numéro :

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Voici neuf planches de **A&A : The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #6 **réalisées par Mike Norton :

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[quote]A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #6 (ALL NEW ARC! “NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN” – PART 1)
Written by RAFER ROBERTS.
Art by MIKE NORTON with DAVID LAFUENTE
Covers by DAVID LAFUENTE, KANO, DARICK ROBERTSON, PERE PEREZ, RAFER ROBERTS, DIEGO LATORRE
ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! Archer and Armstrong and Davey the Mackerel are joining the circus for “NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN”!
Archer and Armstrong are on the hunt for Armstrong’s long-lost wife, and the clues have put them on the trail of America’s craziest traveling circus! But it’s not just clowns, carnies, and strongmen lurking under the big top… When the world’s premier adventure duo discover dozens of mutated Armstrong doppelgängers secretly running the show, all heck is bound to break loose! And it’s only going to get worse when Davey the Mackerel returns with a shocking new set of secrets about Armstrong’s bottomless satchel…and what else might be soon plotting its escape!
Mad science meets the midway when red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Mike Norton (Revival) toss Archer & Armstrong into the wildest show on Earth with a perfect new jumping-on point in “NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN”!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| On Sale August 10 (FOC – 7/18/16)[/quote]

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[quote]A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5

Story by
Rafer Roberts
Art by
Mike Norton
Colors by
Allen Passalaqua
Letters by
Dave Sharpe
Cover by
Kano, David Lafuente, Darick Robertson, Joe Eisma , Pere Perez , Diego Latorre
Publisher
Valiant Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Jul 20th, 2016

This ain’t no ordinary team-up… It’s Archer & Faith’s first date! A&A’s whirlwind ongoing series is hitting the town with the one and only FAITH! With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time…and bringing his long-distance romance with Los Angeles’s number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! As these friends take their relationship to the next level, will romance conquer all? Or will they still find the time to brawl with some loan sharks? When a teenaged martial arts expert and high-flying psiot get together, anything goes!

Come on board here with the swooning standalone adventure of the summer as paramour extraordinaire Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton bring you THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & FAITH! More crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle! More fist fights than The Notebook!
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[quote]A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #7

Written by: Rafer Roberts.

Art by: Mike Norton, David LaFuente.

Covers by: Kano, Darick Robertson, Adam Gorham, Mike McKone.

Description: The hunt for Armstrong’s estranged wife is taking a strange turn through America’s most bizarre traveling circus – and it’s no laughing matter! Besieged by a deranged troupe of malformed Armstrong clones, the world’s hardest-traveling adventurers may have finally met a match more dysfunctional than they are! And if that wasn’t enough absurdity for one day, a Russian science bear is about to come barreling through the big top with grave news for Archer & Armstrong!

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Sept. 7. [/quote]

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[quote]A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #8

Written by: Rafer Roberts.

Art by: Mike Norton, David LaFuente.

Covers by: Kano, David LaFuente, Brian Level, Jeffrey Veregge…

Description: Archer & Armstrong. Fearless adventurers. Best friends. Better partners. But that was before this traveling circus made them prisoners of a sideshow so freakish, it makes Davey the Mackerel look like the girl next door! Now captives beneath the world’s maddest midway, our fearless(ish) heroes are just steps from the final clue to locating Armstrong’s long-lost wife. Too bad there’s a literally ‘small’ army of deranged and dangerous Armstrong clones protecting it with all of their miniature might! Meanwhile: Mary-Maria must confront the one force capable of putting her in her place – the Council of Elders! And whatever happened to Davey, anyway?

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Oct. 5. [/quote]

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