Ant-Man #4 Is Scott Lang Acquiring Another Ex-Villain Employee
Ant-Man #4, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, has Scott Lang going up against a place even he can’t break into and hiring another employee.
Scott’s daughter Cassie has been kidnapped because of her unique heart that came from the transplant several years ago. Scott is determined to get her back and keep her safe but he doesn’t have a way to break in. It seems like they knew he would be coming and made sure he couldn’t stop them. Grizzly informs Scott of someone named Machinesmith that he’s met at a “reformed villain support meeting” that might be able to help.
Sometimes I think that Ant-Man takes place in some sort of parallel universe to the rest of the Marvel universe. I feel like it might be approaching a level of self awareness that is usually only gifted to Deadpool. It wouldn’t surprise me at this point to have Scott break the fourth wall entirely and acknowledge that he’s a comic book character. The idea of there being a support group for reformed villains is one of those brilliant ideas that feels like more writers should be exploring. Scott seems to be gathering a group of reformed villains around him to run his security company and making his own team of D list Avengers.
There is also the fact that Scott hasn’t been seen outside of his costume yet, and for some reason this is hilarious to me. Scott just wanders around Miami without a care in the world and it’s something you would see in a satire of superhero comics. That is something that this run of Ant-Man is nailing; levity. A comic can be serious; a teenager was just kidnapped to literally harvest her heart but there is still enough humor that it keeps the comic from being a downer. We also continue to see Scott for the person he really is; a Dad trying to keep his kid safe. He is working with reformed villains and he would probably take help from Thanos himself if it meant getting Cassie back safe. She is his entire world and it’s lovely to see play out.
The story that writer Nick Spencer is crafting is an interesting one and I’m interested to see how self aware he’s going to let the series get. I feel like this is something that could either work like gangbusters or fall apart. Deadpool, I think, only works in limited series because his shtick gets annoying. I doubt Spencer will completely break the fourth wall with Ant-Man, but it feels closer than any other series I’m reading. The art and colors by Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd are still lovely and they do a great job of capturing Scott’s anguish over Cassie’s kidnapping while keeping a majority of his face covered by the helmet. In fact I think this is the first we’ve seen Scott without his helmet.
Also, that Miami Vice-like cover is one of my favorite things I’ve seen this year.
Ant-Man #4 seems to be kicking off the darker side of the plot, but as long as the story continues to be light hearted and not take itself too seriously I believe that things will stay great. Scott is probably one of the most relatable heroes in the Marvel universe at the moment and I love him for it. Also, seriously, look at that Miami Vice cover; how can you not love it?