Saturday, June 3, 2023

Comics Review: "THE AMBASSADORS #5" - Old Man Holdin'


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Matteo Buffagni
COLORS: Michele Assarasakorn
LETTERS: Clem Robins
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
COVER: Matteo Buffagni
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2023)

Rated M / Mature

The Ambassadors created by Mark Millar at Netflix

The Ambassadors is a comic book miniseries written and created by Mark Millar.  The series focuses on the six people out of eight billion humans who will receive super-powers.  Each person will become a member of  the international rescue squad, The Ambassadors.  Each issue of The Ambassadors will be drawn by a different superstar comic book artist.  The fifth issue is drawn by Matteo Buffagni; colored by Michele Assarasakorn; and lettered by Clem Robins.

The Ambassadors focuses on the efforts of Doctor Choon-He Chung.  The technology of her company, Chung Solutions (the world leader in bio-engineering and artificial intelligence), built her a new body.  Now, she wants to share super-powers with the world.  From her “Base-Control” which is in Antarctica, Choon-He is building “The Ambassadors.”

The Ambassadors #5 opens in Siberia.  There, we meet "Codename Australia."  He is Bob Taylor.  Six weeks ago, he was a 72-year-old man whose body was failing him.  Now, he is the superhero who is Australia's “Ambassador.”  Once upon a time, however, he was a anti-progressive man who specialized in racist and homophobic attacks.  Can Bob change?

Meanwhile, Jin-Sung Chung, Choon-He's former husband, makes his most startling moves in the superhero arena.  Plus, Jamie McPhail returns.  Remember him from the first issue?

THE LOWDOWN:  Thanks to a review copy provided by the Mark Millar division of Netflix, I have been able to read the first five issues of The Ambassadors.  This is a treat for which I have been awaiting since the announcement of the series last year.

Writer Mark Millar does penultimate issues (the second-to-last issue) of miniseries quite well, and The Ambassadors #5 promises a hell of sixth and final issue of the first arc of this franchise.  Meanwhile, Millar and artist Matteo Buffagni make sure that this fifth issue is an excellent read all on its own, and it is.  The Ambassadors #5 is a nice follow-up to the surprising fourth issue because (at least for me) it offers an old man as a superhero.  This fifth issue, with many surprises on its own, keeps the series undeniable and unmatched.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Millar and of big concept superhero comic books will want to read The Ambassadors.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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