If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Marvel’s Ant Man #1!
The world can sometimes seem like a small place. We run into friends at random around town and comment “Small World” when we find out two different friends know each other, but for Scott Lang the world is anything but small. This ongoing series follows the second man to take on the mantle of Ant Man as he tries to find his place in the world.
A former Avenger, fill in member of the Fantastic Four, and even previously deceased, Scott’s life has become complicated at times. He has no job, no social security number, and no material possessions. (Save his Ant Man suit that is.) What he does have though is an ex-wife and a daughter he loves more than anything, and that is his motivation to become better than he is. So when you’re that close to rock bottom, what do you have to lean on?
Well for Scott, he has his skills as a former thief. Before he became a hero, he was quite the burglar, and where it would be easy for him to follow that path once more, he has a better idea of how to use that knowledge. Scott interviews to work for Tony Stark, better known as the Superior Iron Man, as his Head of Security Solutions. If he wants the job though, he’s going to have to compete with others for it and put in some tough work.
What I wanted more of from this book was action, there were some great pages with very dynamic action and great art from Ramon Rosanas! It made me crave more Ant Man action! What I surprisingly got more than anticipated, was a great story. It hit a couple of different tones throughout the book, which I liked, and over all left me feeling satisfied. Thanks Nick Spencer! I really like the fact that even though this is an ongoing series, this single issue could be a self-contained one-shot that you could enjoy without ever reading another issue! The timing is perfectly planned just one day after the release of the Ant Man movie trailer too!
Last week marvel released an Ant Man teaser trailer that was pure genius! It was incredibly small and low resolution, fitting perfect with the Ant Man theme, and quickly building even more excitement for the full-sized trailer’s release! The movie seems to go hand in hand with the series based on both the trailer and first issue, which is great for new readers and blossoming Ant Fans! I’m pretty antsy (Yep, I said it!) waiting for the movie’s July release, so the comic will have to tide me over until then. I definitely recommend at least checking out Ant Man #1 even if it’s just to enjoy as the one issue story!
Here are some images from the upcoming movie and some of the cool variant covers for Issue #1!
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The World is Ours to Make!