It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another new edition of Kickin’ It Old School, our weekly column in which we look to the past and review books from the original Valiant universe! This week, I’ll be discussing Archer & Armstrong #2

Archer & Armstrong #2

Published in September 1992
Script by Jim Shooter
Story/Drawings by Barry Windsor-Smith
Inked by Bob Layton
Colored by Maurice Fontenot
Lettered by Joe Albelo
Edited by Bob Layton


Archer makes his attempt on Pierce’s life, but she’s too strong. Albert chickens out and alerts the guards to the “intruders” then leads the way so he’ll stay on Pierce’s good side. Archer and Armstrong are thrown in a cell, but they’re busted out when Aric rolls through while fighting a T-rex. As Archer and Armstrong are attempting to figure out how to sneak back in to retrieve Archer’s crossbow, Erica sends Turok to hunt them down.

He finds them, but Archer is able to talk Turok out of killing them, reasoning with him as one great warrior to another. Turok was able to feel the noble spirit that Archer imparted to his crossbow when he built it and he couldn’t reconcile that with Erica telling him that it was evil. All the while, Erica has been listening in on a radio installed on the bow that Turok was using. Turok destroys the weapons that the Mothergod gave to him and goes on his way. Archer and Armstrong set out to find Gilad.


Another good issue of Archer and Armstrong! This is also the first time we’ve seen Turok since Magnus #12. The two issues of Archer and Armstrong have been a great change of pace for the Unity story. We haven’t seen them tied into any other character’s story until they briefly crossed Aric’s path in this issue. The story is fairly straight forward compared to a lot of the other stories in Unity. I’m looking forward to seeing what these two do when reunited with the rest of the guys.

Join us tomorrow for the twelfth chapter of Unity, Magnus Robot Fighter #16!

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