SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Man of Steel #2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Doc Shaner, Steve Rude, Jason Fabok, Alex Sinclair and Josh Reed, on sale now.
One of the most exciting things about Brian Michael Bendis dipping his toe into the DC Universe is seeing which characters he’s going to gravitate to. During his time at Marvel, he showcased an obvious affection for the likes of Luke Cage, Spider-Woman and The Hood, carrying their stories across multiple titles and volumes.
Two issues in on The Man of Steel, Bendis is slowly expanding his scope. This issue features a Green Lantern cameo and a hint of The Joker, but the most surprising face is a character who may end up being a Bendis favorite, a character who also happens to be one of the pioneers of fourth-wall breaking in modern superhero comics.
It’s An Ambush!
Halfway through The Man of Steel #2, the comic takes a break from following Superman and cuts to the far end of The Vega System where Rogol Zaar is sharing a drink with a friend and learns of the existence of a surviving Kryptonian. However, the character used to initiate the transition from the Superman scenes to the Rogol Zaar scenes is none other than Ambush Bug, one of the wackiest characters in the DC Universe.
Created by Keith Giffen, Ambush Bug first debuted in DC Comics Presents #52 as an antagonist for Superman and the Doom Patrol. He quickly transitioned into a more superheroic persona, though still as annoying and off-the-wall. Ambush Bug was popular with readers and especially popular with editor Julius Schwartz who encouraged Giffen to explore the character in a number of mini-series and one-shots, which established Ambush Bug as a character with some understanding of his role as a fictional character in a comic book, a decade before Deadpool began using the same schtick.