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The Ambassadors #1 review – Millar and Quitely reunite in a new series (Millar, Quitely, Deighan, Robins) Image Comics

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist and Colorist: Frank Quitely
Assistant Colorist: Vincent MG Deighan
Letterer: Clem Robins

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

Mark Millar is back with another new mini-series from Image Comics working with long time collaborator Frank Quitely on the first issue and featuring a new artist on each of the remaining 5 issues. When the super hero genome is cracked, who should hold the rights to this discovery and what happens if it ends up in the wrong hands? The story will focus on six different characters, each from a different country who will be specifically chosen to be imbued with super powers. A world-wide competition ignites as the cracker of this code searches for these new heroes as another mysterious player may already have an even larger and nefarious plan in play.

Mark Miller has been very busy lately. He has various projects at his own imprint Millarworld and a deal with Netflix which currently has a couple shows in the pipeline. It’s hard to imagine he has much time left for sleep! Amazingly enough, he continues to put out quality books and The Ambassadors is no exception.

What Millar does ultimately with this new series is set the scale for a worldwide event that could have both devastating and life shattering outcomes and that are potentially tied to just a few key players. We don’t know who all the players are just yet but we do know they will come in the form of a chosen few who will be given the ultimate prize, becoming a superhero and potential savior and protector of their native country. It also appears that there is more than meets the eye based on how this initial issue wraps but I don’t want to spoil anything.

There is another factor in motion here that has yet to be revealed. I get the sense that this series could eventually move well beyond the initial six issues because there is potentially so much more to explore in this new world that he has set up. As we know from many of his books in the past, this is not unusual. He has gone back to several of his past series for further exploration, and if this initial run is as successful as I think it will be, there are high hopes that he will continue that trend. He’s really written a potential gem here! It’s engaging and thrillingly told. Millar has always had a way of making his dialogue edgy and fun to read.

Quitely’s art in this issue is also fantastic. It’s detailed, brutal and the various cityscapes and countries the story jumps around to spring to life. There is a scene in the final couple pages that is just vintage Millar and Quitely. These few panels are about as bold, gory and intense as you could possibly want and I’m not sure anyone else unfolds a sequence quite like this. It’s just bonkers! Overall, it’s not an action heavy issue but there are enough moments to wet your whistle while copious amounts of drama, mystery and intrigue do the heavy lifting to keep your attention. The whole issue works masterfully as an introduction to the central plot. This has the potential to be a really fun book and I look forward to the next issue. I just hope it can be fleshed ​out and realized with enough scope and detail that it’s complete in the event it never materializes past the initial 6 issue run.

My rating – 9/10 Great!

The Ambassadors #1 is now out.

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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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