2012-07-05 / Local & State

Secretive, Methodical, The So-called ‘One Percent’

By Matt Moore


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Occupy Wall Street went after them and now, too, a mismatched pair of heroes are doing the same.

Whereas the so-called One Percent is blamed for having a majority of wealth at the expense of the other 99 percent, in Valiant Comics' upcoming “Archer & Armstrong,” it's a secretive and sinister cabal of money managers and financiers willing to sacrifice more than jobs for profit – human lives, too – to steer the fate of the world for their own gain.

Archer and Armstrong – an ancient immortal and a home- schooled, combattrained teenager acting as a fist of God – find themselves at the cabal’s mercy deep under Wall Street in ancient crypt where they find out about a plot to stabilize the euro – and boost profits – by destroying Greece.

Writer Fred Van Lente said “The One Percent” makes its first appearance in the final page of the first issue of “Armstrong & Archer,” which is in comic shops Aug. 8, followed by the second issue out Sept. 5.

The team, who previously worked together on Marvel's “Incredible Hercules,” said the story line is taut and brisk, but imbued with a subtle sense of humor, sarcasm and a nod to conspiracy theories no matter how outlandish they may seem.

Archer is an immortal with a proclivity for inebriation and Archer is “highly-trained, wellintentioned, brainwashed, naive teenager who is on a mission ordained by God,” said Henry.

The characters were created by Jim Shooter and artist Barry Windsor-Smith and were part of Valiant's offerings in the early 1990s.

Now, with Valiant’s return to publishing after a decade, and its newly-released titles “X-O Manowar,” “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot,” the oddlypaired duo is the fourth title for the New York-based publisher.

Van Lente said he had no fear about creating and writing “The One Percent” for the new title. When he pitched Valiant about his ideas for the series, it was a concept they embraced.

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