Monday, February 04, 2008

The Ambush Bug History of the DC Universe!


While I was out last week, the biggest news was undoubtedly the announcement that Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming are making a return to Ambush Bug in July. If you've never read this bizarre, hilarious book, its not so much superhero parody as it is a look into Giffen's naked ID, with a mellowing influence by Fleming. I'm not really sure what these guys do, or how they do it, but the results are inspired. Plot logic takes a definite back seat to hilarity, and no target in the DCU is safe. The Bug got his start tormenting Superman and was rewarded with a mini series back in '85, setting the tone for Ambush Bug's later mad escapades. The third issue completely abandoned any pretense of being "about" anything, opting for a full-blown mockery of DC's Whos Who series, making this a perfect issue from which to cull some samples. Enjoy these choice selections from Ambush Bug #3, as he seeks out the likes of Bat-Mite, Bizarro, Egg-Fu, Wonder Tot, and the Green Team:














At the end, it turned out that the mysterious woman responsible for sidelining these wacky old characters was Jonni DC, Continuity Cop, who was in turn killed by...DARKSEID!! Giffen had a a running gag that ended each issue with a Darkseid cliffhanger, culminating with a knock-down drag out battle between the Bug and the Warlord of Apokolips (the Bug won). Damn, Giffen is great. And yeah, this probably isn't the last you'll see of Ambush Bug at Again With the Comics. More soon, pals!

6 comments:

Widgett Walls said...

The Ambush Bug titles were the only things I kept when I sold my collection and kicked the serious habit years and years ago. The fact that we're getting another AB title blows my mind into tiny fragments.

Ford MF said...

Thanks for posting these! I have such glowing memories of every Ambush Bug comic I ever owned.

Scott said...

Great news! Bring back the bug! And Cheeks!? And Argh! (allow three beats) Yle!?

Is it too much to ask for an Amber Butane spin-off?

Laurel said...

Wish I'd kept mine, widgett! Boy, did this entry bring back memories. Can't wait for the new series.

joe bloke said...

man, thank you so much for this post!! i loved ambush bug. cannot wait for the new series. cheers, joe.

Chawunky said...

Good stuff, that.