Ant-Man #3 Has Scott Lang Meeting His Arch Nemesis (Kind Of)
Ant-Man #3, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, continues to explore Scott Lang’s new life in Miami and brings in an old enemy.
Ant-Man #3 cover by Mark Brooks from Marvel.com
WRITER: Nick Spencer
ARTIST: Ramon Rosanas
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Travis Lanham
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014
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Scott Lang is trying to get his life back together as he gets his new security company together. His ex wife isn’t quite aware that Scott is planning on staying in Miami, and when she finds out she isn’t too happy about it. Scott’s plan is put on hold when his arch nemesis the Taskmaster shows up. The fact that he and Scott are sworn enemies and arch nemesis is surprising to the Taskmaster, though.
We are now three issues into this new Ant-Man series so it’s time for the actual plot to start to kick in. I’m really enjoying this series quite a bit. Scott Lang is a different sort of hero and he continues to be extremely likable. The thing that sets Scott apart from everyone else in the Marvel universe is that he is very much focused on maintaining a strong relationship with his daughter Cassie than saving the world. Scott would give up the secret identity to every Avenger if it meant keeping Cassie safe. There is also the fact that Scott seems to think the Taskmaster is his arch enemy when in reality the Taskmaster couldn’t care less about Scott. He’s there for a reason and that reason kicks off what is going to be the first major plot of this new series.
I’ve spent two issues now telling you why you should be reading this series and everything that works in this series, but there are some things that don’t work. The humor can sometimes feel a little forced, and while the dialogue is very snappy it can sometimes take on that “Joss Whedon” level of wit that no real human could ever achieve. Scott also doesn’t have the flashiest skill set and his backstory is very convoluted. They don’t spend a lot of time lingering on that though; they even seem to just brush it aside which is always amusing because Scott doesn’t seem to care that much about how he was previously dead, either.
As I said the dialogue can sometimes feel a little forced. Writer Nick Spencer has still embraced this series in a very beautiful way. I’m not sure if he was a fan of Scott Lang before he decided to write this series, but you can almost always tell when a writer loves the character they are writing about, and Spencer seems to bring that love to his work. The art and colors by Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd continue to be bright and easy to follow. They do a great job of portraying what the world would look like to someone who shrinks to the size of an ant.
Ant-Man #3 seems to be kicking off its first major plot point, and while the scale of the story remains small (pun intended) it’s almost impossible to ignore how big (pun still intended) Scott Lang’s heart is when it comes to his family.