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Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug Vol. 1 Paperback – March 31, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Showcase Presents
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I still have my treasured copy of DC COMICS PRESENTS #52, which featured Superman teaming up with an ill-conceived incarnation of The Doom Patrol. The story is terrible, the art is decent, and it features the debut of a murderous lunatic who calls himself "Ambush Bug". What's so special about Ambush Bug? Well, in his initial appearance, nothing. But in the fullness of time, creator Keith Giffen turned his obscure villain into a satirical figure of monumental proportions, often using the character as a way to bite the hand that was feeding him.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AMBUSH BUG is a hefty (Nearly 500 pages!) black-&-white tome that reprints the entire Bug chronology (Except the recent LOBO mini-series and the new AMBUSH BUG: YEAR ZERO mini) in one handy volume. From his humble beginnings in DC COMICS PRESENTS to his occasional back-up status in ACTION COMICS, including the AMBUSH BUG mini-series, the SON OF AMBUSH BUG mini, the AMBUSH BUG STOCKING STUFFER and AMBUSH BUG NOTHING SPECIAL, his SECRET ORIGINS story, and a truly weird guest shot in SUPERGIRL. The humor is dated, to be sure. I don't think that anyone not steeped in '80's DC Comics lore would have any inkling what most of the jokes were referring to, but for fans who were around back then, there's still laughs in them there hills. I still howl at the Darkseid cliffhangers from the first mini-series.....There's some truly classic stuff here, and Giffen and Fleming were at the top of their respective games. I recommend SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AMBUSH BUG for longtime DC fans.....For everyone else, your mileage may vary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Ventimiglia on April 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ah... Ambush Bug and his power of "non-continuity" (the ability to do anything in any DC Comics timeline, and not have any affect whatsoever.)

To be completely honest, I cannot believe that DC actually printed a collection of Ambush Bug. It's certainly been long enough! I remember reading all the comics collected in the TPB and all of them were funny. It's cool to see how he changed from what was practically a villain character to - almost - a hero.

If you like stuff like Lobo, you might find Ambush Bug a bit tame, but it's still pretty edgy - even though a lot of the humor will leave most of today's readers with a big "!?!" over their heads. :)

Highly recommended if you're a fan of comics that break the 4th wall and almost seem self-aware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on April 21, 2009
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Ambush Bug started off as a simple idea, Superman vs. a Bugs Bunny-style prankster. The first few issues in this collection play on that including a hysterical farce featuring Superman, Ambush Bug and perennial losers the Legion of Substitute Heroes.

Then things take a surreal turn with Ambush Bug mocking obscure characters, comic creators and the industry in general. No one, including his own writers and editor is safe.

The art and writing deserve a special mention. According to interviews, Giffin (the artist) and Fleming (the scripter) would decide on a rough plot. Giffin would then draw whatever he felt like and give it to Fleming who would then try to top his insanity with dialogue. The results are much, much funnier than you would expect.

Some of the references are dated of course but in all these are some of the funniest, and most fun, comics DC has ever done.
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Format: Paperback
How do you review a book about the most powerful character in the DC Universe? How can a scrawny schmoe who enters the world as the hapless Irwin Schwab become said most powerful character? Find out as only the inimitable likes of Robert Loren Fleming, Keith Giffen, Bob Oksner (and even Carmine Infantino) can only show you how.

Ambush Bug is the quite simply the most powerful character. It's not because he has super strength and can pull planets into- or out of orbit. It's not because he was rocketed to Earth from a dying planet (although occasionally his origin would tell you otherwise.) It's not because his parents were murdered in a dark alley.

It's because he KNOWS he is in a comic book. He controls his own destiny.

The only thing missing from this collection of books is the letter columns that accompanied each serial title when it was published. Those letter columns were pure gold.

But it does included the "Ambush Bug Guide to Collecting Comics." This guide lets you know that you can store comics in old grocery bags, and don't worry about the acids in the paper aging your comics, because, by the time it matters, you'll be old and won't care. It tells you never to stack your collection more than 10,000 issues high. (And now that you've tried, never do it again.) It tells you that in case of fire, your place is with the collection.

Buy this book. You'll be thanking me later.
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