As Giffen himself mentioned earlier on this site about “Ambush Bug”, ” It’s just comic books. At the end of the day, we’re not curing cancer. This isn’t great literature. It’s barely art.” True, but it IS entertainment. I remember my first contact with the Bug, and penicillin didn’t help then, either.
Giffen and Fleming (“Flem” to his Bug) quickly establish that this book is purely for laughs as the Source Wall insinuates bad things about Darkseid right away on page one.
Even so, the two do manage to hit the reader with out-of-nowhere cameos and irreverent humor that truly fits for Ambush Bug. There’s a chuckle on every page, even more if you’ve actually doled out money for any of the comics the writing duo nods to.
Giffen’s art is as solid as ever, with six-panel pages being the primary composition for the story. His characters are fun and storytelling spot on, but then again, would Ambush Bug have accepted any less? The fact that the coloring system has finally caught up with the colors Bug demands only deepens the readability of this boook, whereas, in olden days, the more garish colors of whatever-the-heck process they used in the 1980s (did they grind berries with stones and apply that to the page?) just seemed to nauseate the reader.
This book is a completely irreverent stomp through the DC Universe, hitting high points and low points of the past fifteen years since Bug’s last visit. This book doesn’t take itself seriously, so it does its level best to find some humor in those “massive events” as well, including cameos from Jean Loring, Egg Fu and Yankee Poodle. Yes, we do get the dramatic return of Argh!yle!, but I’m not spoiling THAT.
For readers looking for a break from the company-wide crossover mega-events, this is it. With a character aware of his “existence” and irrational leaps of greatness (alright, maybe the just great leaps of irrationality) this book is a FUN read. Yes, FUN. With a capital “F” and a capital “U”. The “N” is capitalized so I didn’t have to deal with the union.
Do yourself a favor, put “Uncanny X-Men” #500 back, and pick this thing up. Your funny bone will be thankful for it. And if you don’t like it, well, Keith Giffen went thataway!