Image Comics reviews 5-24-23 – Ambassadors #5, Night Club #5

The Ambassadors #5


Mark Millar tweeted that issue five introduced his favorite Ambassadors character and midway through it’s hard to argue with his assessment. Australia aka Bob Taylor is a 72-year-old with a failing body who wants a second chance at life. Choon-He isn’t sure Taylor’s political rhetoric best represents what she wants to accomplish with her superhero program until Bob drops a major bombshell.

Millar clearly has a blast writing Bob as he provides the experienced, seen-it-all, done-it-all voice the team was lacking. And to add a little mystery to the story, Millar also introduces Jamie McPhail, an early prototype hero operating in secrecy to avoid being captured and killed.

Matteo Buffagni provides the art this issue. The series has employed an intriguing model where a different artist handles every issue. Buffagni’s art is strong although it gets somewhat tricky keeping up with the different artists’ interpretation of the regular characters. Colorist Michele Assarasakorn uses some fantastic blends or oranges, reds and yellows to help showcase Buffagni’s art.

Millar has set up a pretty intriguing conflict with Choon-He’s husband and his team of super powered individuals. This face-off is building up to something special and an fantastic way to wrap up this initial arc.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10