Today, we see an attempt to bring a style from another comic book company to Valiant, and while it was not commercially successful, I liked it!
PunX was ostensibly about the various superhero denizens of Annihilation, Oregon, who banded together to protect their island city from the invasion of an alien force called the Caul.
What the book REALLY was about was Keith Giffen taking his Ambush Bug approach to a new comic book company, and really giving the “grim and gritty/post-modern” superhero scene a nice mocking.
I thought it was quite good – Giffen’s art was moody and dense, just like his stories. Perhaps the book would have been better if he had someone else script it (okay, who am I kidding, there is a 100% guarantee the book would have been better if he had someone else script it), but it was still a nice little satire, and occasionally an outright hilarious one.
I remembered being shocked that Valiant let him do some of the mocking he did of Valiant. Giffen’s mocking of the recent Birthquake event was brutally on the money.
Anyhow, the book was a commercial flop, and cancelled after three issues, but we did get a Manga special out of it!!
Better than nothing, I guess!!