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Ant-Man #2 has Scott Lang Trying (and Failing) to Put His Life Back Together

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Ant-Man#2, written by Nick Spencer and art by Ramon Rosanas, continues to follow Scott Lang as he tries to build a new life in Miami.

Ant-Man #2

Ant-Man #2 Cover by Mark Strong

Ant-Man #2

WRITER: Nick Spencer
ARTIST: Ramon Rosanas
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Travis Lanham
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2014

If you missed it, pick up Ant-Man #1 (2nd Printing).

Ant-Man #2 follows Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, as he leaves his life in New York behind him to follow his daughter, Cassie, to Miami, Florida. However, Scott doesn’t have much, or anything really, and he’s trying to prove to his ex-wife that he isn’t a complete deadbeat. That means securing a job, but being an ex-felon limits Scott’s options. He decides that the best way to make a living is to start his own business, but that means securing a loan. There is also a part man/part bear that wants to kill him; so another Tuesday for Scott Lang

I was very pleased to see how many people ended up buying Ant-Man #1 last month and also the Prelude comic that came out for the movie. The second issue is the one where the real story that Nick Spencer is trying to tell begins. The second issue is also when a comic truly begins to reveal whether or not it’s going to work in the long run. I’m a fan of giving a series three issues to wow me, and if not then dropping it. I really enjoyed #1 so I was actually looking forward to issue #2 and I was pleased that I wasn’t left behind.

Nick Spencer addressed a question by a fan as to why he decided to move Scott from New York to Miami. The truth is comics have a very hard time exploring other cities in the United States. Iron Man and Daredevil are both in San Francisco and The Punisher has been in and out of Los Angeles, but aside from that a majority of Marvel stories take place in New York. Spencer decided that it was time to get out of New York and explore a new section of the Marvel universe that has been large unexplored. I like this idea and someone a little more self aware like Scott is the perfect vessel to see this new angle with a little humor.

Humor still seems to be the order of the day as we watch Scott try to obtain a small business loan and, once again, does so while in his Ant-Man outfit. For some reason I really enjoy this little detail because the visual I have of a grown man sitting in a superhero costume while trying to argue with bankers as to why they should give him a loan is inherently funny to me. There is also the fact that Scott seems to have attracted the attention of someone hell bent on revenge, and his defense as to why it couldn’t possibly be him is that he was too busy being dead. Scott doesn’t seem very worried about this detail which is another piece of sly humor that Spencer inserts in the story.

The art by Ramon Rosanas continues to be solid. It’s not overly detailed and the excellent designs make everything look crisp and clean. There is an excellent sense of space which couldn’t be easy to pull off considering Scott’s powerset changes the entire perspective of the world. The colors by Jordan Boyd still complement each other perfectly. There is another “villain” Grizzly, who is part bear, that somehow manages to look both terrifying and hilarious. There is also a robot that Scott has to fight from World War II that I really appreciated on a design level. It really looked like what a robot from the 1940’s would look like now.

Ant-Man #2 is another fun entry into a very good series by Marvel Comics. Thanks to excellent writing, art, and colors Scott Lang is coming to life for a new generation. Once again, if you’re unsure whether or not you’d like Scott Lang or Ant-Man, I’d highly recommend you check out this series.

Ant-Man #2

Ant-Man interior page via comiXology preview.

 

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