Weekly Spotlight for 3/25/09

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That’s right, we’re back! This week we spotlight…

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug Vol. 1

I like the curveballs, don’t I?

It was a week of intresting choices, including The Incredibles: Family Matters #1 (by the talented Mark Waid), The Muppet Show Comic Book #1 (the concept alone is just… wow), Superman #686 (starring a lot of people… except for Superman) and Batman: The Brave and the Bold #3 (“President Batman”: ’nuff said). But one stood above the rest… and not just because the main character has antennas on his head. Ambush Bug, created Keith Giffen, is Irwin Schwab, a super-hero (and former villain) who dresses like a green bug and whose origin changes with each retelling. Schwab isn’t quite right in the head, which would explain why things seem a little wackier when he’s around. As Ambush Bug, Schwab likes to bounce around the DC Universe, fighting crime (notably Argh!Yle!, a sock who acts and dresses like Doctor Doom), hanging out with DC characters NO ONE remembers and causing all manner of mayhem along the way. All while giving the major characters of the DCU major headaches in the process.

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug Vol. 1 collects almost all of the characters’ appearances before his latest (and not-yet-finished) mini-series and trust me, it’s worth it. The classic Ambush Bug stuff is hilarious– Keith Giffen created him, after all– and a great read for anyone with a sense of humor. Or for people who take their comics waaay too seriously.

Like all Showcases, Ambush Bug is cheap ($16.99), but there’s one thing that sets this apart from other Showcase volumes: it’s in color. $16.99 for almost every Ambush Bug story ever in color? Now THAT’s a deal, especially in a day and age where the average TPB costs more than 20 bucks.

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One Response to “Weekly Spotlight for 3/25/09”

  1. spiffyithaca Says:

    Nice choice Goki. I really did enjoy the first couple issue of the Ambush Bug mini, but some of the DC references were way over my head, and I apparently lost my sense of humor. I did love it though, especially the sock. Giffen rules.

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