173 – Ambush Bug

Another request for my League Night co-host, Joe Grunenwald. I’m actually, sadly, really unfamiliar with Ambush Bug, because if there was a character who seemingly should be right down my alley, it’s this one. He’s a funny character who is aware that he’s a comic character, and he was created by Keith Giffen, a writer/artist whose work I’ve admired for years. There’s a reason Blue Beetle is my favorite superhero, and that reason is Keith Giffen (J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire helped some, too). Giffen has such a diverse and varied career in comics, and I’m always interested in seeing what he’s doing next. OMAC is definitely in the top 5 of the New DCU Reboot books I’m looking forward to the most.

Between Giffen’s Justice League and Peter David’s first run on X-Factor (his current run ain’t no slouch, either), I learned that one could tell a comedic story without devolving into parody, and still have drama, action and depth (the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are also perfect examples of this). It’s something I always wanted to aspire to when I tried to write.


    • Joe G. on July 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    That’s beautiful. I love the nine-panel grid behind him.

    • jason on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Cheeks is awesome! Let’s meet there for drinks tomorrow night!!!

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