Friday, August 8, 2008
Ambush Bug: Year None #1 (9/08)
My feeling is that blogs like this tread a fine line between editorial/journalistic intent and copyright infringement. That's why I tend to use only one image per post, and why I typically abide by a self-imposed embargo of several months to a year before covering new comics in detail. In the case of Ambush Bug though, I think I can safely make an exception. I figure any publicity is good, and the story is so nonsensical that pulling one gag out of this mix can't do any harm.
JLI mastermind and inventor of the Oreo addiction Keith Giffen returns to plot and pencil his greatest creation, Irwin Schwab. Joined by stalwart Robert Loren Fleming and (uncredited/hazed?) new inker Al Milgrom, consider the funny brought. Ambush Bug is one of my favorite comic characters ever, and it's great to see him share a bit with the Manhunter from Mars. The jist of it is that a longtime supporting cast member has been murdered, allowing Giffen to rip apart the Didio-era DCU with one delightfully tasteless bit after another. The retro villain Go-Go Chex is hired to whack the Bug, and call everyone "Wonder Chick," leading to the image above. Turns out to have been a dream sequence though, with the Bug shouting, "Get away from me, you stinkin' super-hippies!" Perhaps it was prophetic, as the DC checkerboard and forgotten Silver and Bronze Age rejects start coming out of the woodwork. Heck, had Gerry Conway not reinstalled Martian Manhunter into the Justice League, he could easily have ended up one of them!