The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, Vol 1: In the Bag

The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, Vol 1: In the Bag

I don’t read that many graphic novels, but the sheer ludicrousness of the description of this one certainly drew my attention. At first glance the story sounds like a good Saturday night on the town – an ancient being goes on a booze run after he loses his favourite bottle of alcohol, and his mortal buddy has to go after him to rescue him.

Only all of the action takes place inside the Bag of Holding(tm) which holds a whole hell of a lot more than it might appear at first glance. So maybe it’s a combination of a Saturday night on the booze and a rampaging Dungeons and Dragons session. This set of comics had me laughing my arse off from beginning to end – just when you think it can’t get any more ludicrous, the story takes another twist.

As the old saying goes – alcohol is often both the source of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

Archer and Armstrong are an amazing team, and their snappy dialogue certainly makes the ride that much more interesting. While they are the centre of the action, the supporting cast and villains are a riot in their own right, with just the right amount of fourth wall-breaking to keep the cynical non-graphic-novel-readers among us happy.

Given that I’m not an afficianado of graphic novels, I don’t feel qualified to judge the quality of the artwork, but it seemed to me to be well done, with a simple, yet deep style that just works for the setting. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more books in this range, as this is the kind of funnybone tickling, ripsnorting adventures that appeal to the adult-refusing-to-adult in all of us. It’s been a week or since I read the comics, and they still keep coming back to me like last night’s poor life choices.

I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fan of comics or no, this is a kickarse story that will appeal to anyone with a fine sense of the ridiculous, looking for a good time.

5 stars.

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