Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #2, the next of issue of critically acclaimed, smash hit series by New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry!

Archer & Armstrong have stumbled into a conspiracy that could crack history in half! True fact: behind each of the world’s secret societies is a much larger organization called The Sect and now their Wall Street chapter, The One Percent, must kill to keep their secret safe! As The One Percent’s merciless (401)k killers prepare to sacrifice young Obadiah Archer to their god of greed, it’s down to the immortal Armstrong to rescue his new partner and track down the rest of The Sect’s agents around the world. Long ago, one man recorded the clues that Archer & Armstrong will need to find them. But can they crack the Michelangelo Code in time?

Story by Fred Van Lente
Art by Clayton Henry
Cover by Arturo Lozzi & Patrick Zircher

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.1%


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  1. I had no prior knowledge of this title, but took a chance on it based on Fred Van Lente’s credentials. I really enjoyed the mix of levity, politics and adventure. The the art by Clayton Henry was solid as well!

  2. Two Valiant comics this week, oh happy day!

  3. I am enjoying al the Valiant titles but I wish they would drop the price to $2.99.

    • I was looking at the Valiant FCBD issue, and I saw shots of Rai and The Eternal Warrior. Combine that with Shadowman and the fact that so far, these Valiant titles have been some of the best comics to come out this year (personal fave so far: Harbinger), and at $3.99 a pop, I may have to drop some Marvel and DC titles just to be able to eat. I guess, if I wanted to wait a month +, I could get them digitaly at $2.99, but it would be nice if that were the cover price now.

    • I’m just saying that if a good comic like “Mind the Gap” from Image can be prced at $2.99, why can’t the Valiant books? If they dropped the price then I’d have more $$$ for more Valiant books. I also really like the Valiant books and especially Harbringer.

  4. So I read the first archer & armstrong series back in ’92 along with Rai and they quickly became my favorite comics ever. Twenty years later, Archer & Armstrong is once again my favorite comic ever. Here’s hoping Rai can do the same 🙂

    • I absolutely loved BWS’s A&A! It wasn’t the same when he left (or whatever happened), and out of respect for one of the best comic creators in recent times (I’m sure I’ll get a ton of flack for that) I refused to pick this new one up. I like when the person who created the characters can sign off on it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but BWS talks about it a little bit in the Freebooters collection. Plus, it just didn’t look as good, BWS is a master with dialogue, and this didn’t seem to have it.

    • Ehh, to each their own. I really enjoy the dialogue in this though.

      I would definitely like to know what BWS has to say about this series, but it wont change my opinion of it much.

      Either way, Valiant for life!

  5. Another solid issue… the 1% stuff was pretty groan inducing however; hopefully that’s just a quick gag and not a recurring villain.

  6. I picked up issues 1 and 2 on a whim and they were a blast. I never thought I’d buy a Valiant book, but I’m so glad they seem to be having a little revival.

  7. I find that I have to make it to the comic shop when this book, along with X-O Manowar, hit the stands. I sometimes go weeks or GASP more than a month between visits since the nearest retailer is abut 35 miles away and I also have to deal with being an adult and a parent and work. I have been making more of an effort to get the new Valiant books as soon as I can cuz they are just the good. Sleep and cash in my pocket are overrated anyway. I am really enjoying the story but for me it has almost always been about the art for as long as I have been a comic book fan. A book can have a really great stroy’ but if the art doesn’t grab me, I just am simply not as interested. The art on this book is just awesome. Hope the momentum picks up on the Valiant picks even more.

  8. I enjoyed the first issue, but felt that this one was even better, as we got a better sense of the Archer and Armstrong dynamic. I’m still a little unsure of all this 1% secret society stuff, but feel that as long as Van Lente keeps tongue firmly planted in cheek, it’ll be ok. Plus, ninja nuns? Cool.

    For the record, I loved the Barry Windsor-Smith run on these characters — one of my favorite titles from the 90s.

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