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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

Ambush Bug 1

by Keith Giffen and Robert Fleming

The Bug is back! We are free to ignore continuity, to mock it, to break the fourth wall and talk to the audience! We are free to visit some of the corniest characters in DC from 20, 30 and 40 years ago! In other words, sit back and enjoy the funny-book.

Ambush Bug has been the most delightfully irreverent character, and perhaps he remains precious because he never was given a whole ton of screen time in the comics. The fact that he could be a pest to Superman in a less grave manner than Mr. Mxyptlk was always good for a light-hearted read.

This time around, Giffen gets to mock Identity Crisis, fool around with obscure characters, and generally break every regular convention of the comic book rules. The jokes are corny enough that most of them probably only amuse younger readers, but we’ll take it. For every comic fan who takes the comic universes and continuity too seriously, and tends to be stuck on Miller’s Dark Knight, this one’s for you.


The Brave And The Bold 15

by Mark Waid and Scott Kolins

The conclusion of the Nanda Parbat story (and hasn’t this little place been getting a ton of extra-loving attention in DC lately) still involves Deadman, but also brings Nightwing and Hawkman into the mix. Kolins’ artwork still does not seem to translate all that well for DC characters for me, but the villains look fairly cool.

Waid adds a few cool bits of dialogue that shows his familiarity with the characters, but the overall story feels so-so. The good thing about the format for this title is that the next one gives you something different, so hopefully it will be a little better. I already miss George Perez’s artwork, though.


Madame Xanadu 2

by Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley

Hadley continues with easy, clean artwork, very light on the inking, and it suits the fantasy setting well. Wagner introduces us to our first glimpse of Etrigan, which longtime readers will remember was mixed up with Merlin, and more of the Stranger. Everything that has been foretold is coming to pass, including the consequences for this uninformed waif of a main character. My interest continues to be held, and it is actually one of the better titles this week.


Trinity 8

by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Fabian Nicieza, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

The one drawback to my old rant about covers is that they kind of took me up on it. We get interlocking covers, but they will always be Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman combining for one big picture. Much more interesting for a weekly comic book would have been to have one overlarge picture, with a cast of… oh, about 52 characters, and have each one get a cover. Now that would be something impressive! Who wants it? Huh? J.G. Jones? George Perez? Cast your ballot now!

The egos of the three villains clash, and the heroes take a breather of sorts. It doesn’t last, but just when an attack begins, that’s the end of the first portion, and we move to the backup story. It never ceases to be a constant annoyance to the story, as the overall plot reads fairly easily, and the reader always has the sense that he is leaving just when the party had a chance to get interesting.

The focus moves to the villains again, and for all the emphasis on threes, there are four cronies that they enlist for their purposes. A shot behind Enigma shows us Nightwing in the middle shot, and Hawkman to his left, which is cool just because they just starred together in Brave and the Bold, but I’m sure that’s just a happy coincidence. Right?

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Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.