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Archer & Armstrong, Volume 1: The Michelangelo Code (Archer & Armstrong #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  659 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
It's history in the breaking!
After years of meditation and training, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to carry out the sacred mission of his family's sect - locate and kill the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong! But as this naive teenage assassin stalks his prey, he'll soon find that both hunter and hunted are just pawns i
Paperback, First, 112 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Valiant Entertainment, LLC
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Oct 31, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
"On November 13, teenage Obadiah Archer was asked to kill a heretic. That request came from his mom and dad. Deep down, he knew they were evil, but he also knew that someday, he would kill them. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at a seedy Manhattan bar, searching for Armstrong. Eons earlier, Armstrong became immortal, and buried pieces to something called the Boon. Can two heroes share an adventure without driving each other crazy?"

Cue Odd Couple music.

Archer’s the product of right wing rel
Sam Quixote
Jun 16, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Archer is a ninja assassin who knows every fighting style in the world who’s been raised in a Christian Fundamentalist theme park surrounded by numerous adopted brothers and sisters, all of whom are similarly skilled. His parents send him on a mission to kill the Antichrist when he turns 18, exploring the godless outside world for the first time. Said Antichrist turns out to be Armstrong, a 10,000 year old immortal who loves to drink and fool around who’s also tough as coffin nails. Together ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
It's not a gut-busting laugh-a-minute book, but it's both got some pretty funny shit scattered throughout, and it brings some fun, silly satire along for the ride. The premise is gold: a kid raised in a creationist theme park is sent out on a mission from god to kill a blasphemous immortal entity and retrieve a holy relic from him. The entity turns out to be a mostly regular, generally atheist guy with 10000 years of laying low under his belt, and this kid is part of a dubious sect with suspect ...more
Afro✨ Madonna✨
NINJA NUUUNSSS. PIRATE NUUUUUNNNSSS. LOL it strived too hard to be funny but all in all I kinda liked it. Will reflect over getting the second volume or not for two whole days. Plot is okay, something to think about. I guess. Kinda moved really fast tho.
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 12, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read Archer & Armstrong for some time now. I'm not sure what I was expecting but certainly not this! Eccentric, satirical, funny, odd and quirky yet lovable main characters. The book pretty much makes fun of every comic book trope ever invented plus takes swipes at pop culture, politics, religion and everything else, in a light-hearted but bitingly funny way. Meanwhile, there is an excellent plot playing out while our heroes join up for the first time. These are guys designed ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Leo rated it did not like it
Meet Archer, a brainwashed 18-year-old that has been sent to kill Armstrong, an immortal drunken being. But thank goodness Archer soon finds out that he nothing but a pawn in... I'm not sure what but something big involving people who want a lot of power, so the usual. There's a lot of whatever-kicking in this volume with bubbles explaining what kind of technique it is, which I guess would be interesting if I stopped to read them. Also, there's more humor than I expected originating from the ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Ctgt rated it liked it
Pretty decent buddy story(although they don't start out as buddies) and I enjoyed the way Van Lente developed their relationship gradually through the stry arc. Art was fairly standard fare although I thought henry did a really good job with facial expressions which can be the downfall of mant artists.

3.5 stars
William Thomas
Jun 27, 2013 William Thomas rated it liked it
I'll admit that when it was announced that Valiant was being resurrected after all these years, I rolled my eyes and groaned audibly. Really? These are properties someone decided to invest time and money on instead of some new creator-owned series? But here I am a year later eating my words with every new title I pick up under the Valiant banner.

Like XO, AA is an extremely entertaining, hugely fun book packed with straightforward action and pages full of fantastic banter. It's engaging and brin
Aug 03, 2015 Chris rated it liked it
Volume 1 of A&A was pretty decent. Some of the humor fell really flat, but there was an occasional decent joke. The 1% sect jokes are usually the worst, just awful. Especially the cultish gibberish mixed in with things like "profit margin" and other idiotic "bank talk."
I, generally speaking, like the two main characters. Some of the extra characters are not much more than fluff. Some of the motivations and decisions of the main characters, Archer in particular, don't fit his character at all
Alex Sarll
Never read the original version of this (or indeed any other Valiant comic ever), but this is top fun. A boozy, horny immortal (Mesopotamian, but otherwise very similar to van Lente's take on Marvel's Hercules) teams up with the fundamentalist-raised super-assassin sent to end him by evangelists who live in a creationist theme park and are in league with The One Percent, an ancient sect who worship the demon Mammon and are planning to stabilise the Euro by blowing up Greece. In other words, it ...more
Daniel Butcher
Mar 02, 2014 Daniel Butcher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: valiant
Matt..I told you to read X-O...I'm even bigger on this.

I need a 6 stars here.'ll ask why...crossbows, immortals, fundamental religion, conspiracy theories...need I say more.

Dialogue is so rich!
Mar 15, 2013 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, fast paced and direct to the point, the art is also superb in its own way. I am looking forward to Vol. 2
May 05, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
Excellent characters and concept. The humor melded well, but I got overwhelmed with the speed of the story and overdone, in my opinion, action.
Apr 14, 2015 M.i. rated it really liked it
This was a fun introduction into the craziness that is archer & Armstrong.
Nov 28, 2016 Phillip rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comics, valiant
Archer is a young man who can replicate any fighting style he sees. He was also raised at a fundamentalist religious theme park to become a trained assassin. Armstrong is a 5,000 year old immortal who is always looking to have a good time, which usually involves alcohol. They meet when Archer leaves his home for the first time on a mission to kill his family's greatest enemy.

This book strives on being ridiculous. The premise is silly while being familiar. I like the asides that mentionwhat sort
Josh Storey
Oct 14, 2016 Josh Storey rated it liked it
Fun fun fun. Does the religious consperacy style adventure of Dan Brown but actually does it well.
Apr 07, 2013 Abhinav rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the first volume of the rebooted Archer and Armstrong series from Valiant Comics.

“A surprise hit full of uniqueness and modern-day relevance to religious politics, this is an absolute must read because of its mythic storyline reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie and a duo of awesome, misfit characters.” ~The Founding Fields

I don’t recall how I got interested into Archer and Armstr
Matt Anderson
Aug 13, 2016 Matt Anderson rated it it was amazing
Collects Archer & Armstrong issues #1-4

Spoiler-free review: This is a fun story that mixes history, religion, secret societies, and superhero fighting. I feel like I don’t want to give too much away here, so just go read it. It isn’t my favorite graphic novel of all time, but it is definitely one of the best I’ve read recently. I’m looking forward to reading on. Also, Valiant tends to only include four issues per trade paperback, so this will be a quick read for you.

Spoiler-filled review:

Sep 30, 2016 Tomas rated it it was amazing
I really like Valiant books. So fresh
Nov 06, 2013 Unai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Cuarta y ultima de esta remesa de Valiant que va a sacar Panini por el momento. Y tras haber leído las 4, puede decirse que se han dejado el plato fuerte para el final. Y tan para el final porque hasta enero no estará disponible, pero ya lo podéis ir marcando en el calendario como compra obligada. Y es que si bien las 4 colecciones son mas o menos atípicas y particulares cada una en un estilo bien diferenciado, esta es sin duda la mas loca, divertida y entretenida.

Aquí nos encontramos hace 10,00
Iris Greth
Sep 27, 2016 Iris Greth rated it it was amazing
Such a good trade. I'm excited to see what's in store for the next one!
Sep 02, 2013 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Archer & Armstrong (2) #1-4 (August 2012-November 2012). Aram is a guy who likes to have fun…and has been having it for centuries since he cannot die. Archer is the son of religious fanatics who have taught Archer that Armstrong is the enemy. When Archer learns that his life is a lie, he finds himself teamed with He Who Is Not to Be Named in an effort to stop his parents and other members of the Sect before the boon which gave Armstrong his powers is reassembled for their own evil ...more
Pop Bop
Jul 13, 2015 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
It's Time to Rediscover the Fun of Comics

So, I'm walking down an aisle in the Exhibit Hall for the 2015 American Library Convention when Andy from the Valiant booth starts to chat with me. He's all gung-ho about the relaunch of Archer & Armstrong and of Valiant's tent pole comic "X-O Manowar" and presses a copy of this TP of volume 1 into my hands. How do I say "no" to a guy this enthusiastic? Now, I read the occasional graphic novel and TP collections, (love the Rat Queens, the Grimm Univer
Tomás Sendarrubias garcía
Apr 21, 2016 Tomás Sendarrubias garcía rated it really liked it
Lecturas como este Archer & Armstrong me hacen recordar lo grande que es el mundo narrativo del cómic al margen de las decepcione eventuales que algunas editoriales grandes nos pueden dar. Y no es que hablemos de una editorial independiente precisamente, que el sello Valiant es de los de historias de superhéroes, aunque en este caso, nos encontremos con una trama que quizá tiene más que ver con El Código DaVinci o Expediente-X que con otras historias de cómic. El este primer volumen de la ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Ma'Belle rated it liked it
It's appropriate that I'm reading both Archer & Armstrong and Preacher this month for my comics discussion group, as both deal with subverted, violent fictional mythos in contrast to fundamentalist Christian subculture. And I have to say, from my memory of Preacher so many years ago, this Valiant book is at least doing a better, more subtle job of it.

There were a few annoying things in this book, like, for example: "The Sect" is probably the worst name for a worldwide ultimate evil secret so
Keith Irwin
Oct 26, 2015 Keith Irwin rated it really liked it
I never read the original Archer and Armstrong series, but I have to admit to being quite taken with this current incarnation. Archer and Armstrong are a great odd couple. On one hand, a strong and immortal poet who loves wine, women, and song and on the other, a superpowered teen who has lived as sheltered a life as possible, actually growing up in a bible theme park. The best parts in the book are seeing Archer and Armstrong interact once Archer understands that his adoptive parents have been ...more
Aug 22, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it
This may be one of the most fun Valiant trades so far. Young Obadiah Archer, son of a cartoonishly conservative reverend and his congresswoman wife, one of maybe a dozen or so kids, has been raised in a Christian themepark for as long as he can remember to fight and assassinate "he who must not be named," and it ain't Voldemort. The "he" in this case is Armstrong, formerly Aram, an immortal warrior who mostly wants to drink and party. The two could not be more different, and much of the fun ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Lissibith rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-trades, fantasy
3.5 stars.

The comics world is full of team-ups, but this might be a little more unusual than most. Archer is the child of religious fanatics, sent on a mission in the name of Jesus and Capitalism - to kill a great evil. However that evil turns out to be a hard-living immortal who really just wants to be left alone to enjoy life and maybe forget about a few things.

The plot of this one seems to be a sort of Dan Brown meets weird sci-fi mashup, and honestly, I kind of love it. The relationship remi
Jan 24, 2015 Cale rated it really liked it
This is an interesting pairing - a brainwashed warrior savant is sent out on a mission to kill the antichrist, who turns out to be misidentified as Armstrong, a 10,000+ year old who has spent most of the millenia drunk. The two of them end up working together to prevent the rebuilding of the original chaos machine. There's a surprisingly strong sense of humor, most of it coming from world-weary Armstrong's cynical view meshed with Archer's naivete about the world. But there's also a lot of ...more
May 14, 2016 Devero rated it liked it
Della ripartenza della Valiant questa è la serie che attendevo con maggiore ansia: deve competere col capolavoro di Barry Windsor-Smith della prima metà degli anni 90. Ovviamente ne esce sconfitto, però devo dire che, a parte tutta la carne (e l'alcol) che butta sul fuoco in questi primi numeri, non è male come premessa.
Di certo l'origine di Archer è meno dura e cruda (i suoi sono solo dei complottisti, e non dei preti pedofili assassini, inoltre è adottato), ma ne guadagna un personaggio più in
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Archer & Armstrong (9 books)
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