Kaitlyn Booth

Ant-Man #1 Is An Amusing Introduction To Scott Lang For New Fans

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Ant-Man #1, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, is an amusing and entertaining introduction to one of Marvel’s biggest human train wrecks known as Scott Lang.

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Ant-Man #1 cover by Mark Brooks via Marvel

 

Ant-Man #1

WRITER: Nick Spencer
ARTIST: Ramon Rosanas
COLORIST: Jordan Boyd
LETTERER: VC’s Travis Lanham
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2014

Pick up Ant-Man #1 and get on board with next hero of the Marvel universe.

On January 6th Marvel debuted the first trailer for the tenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ant-Man during the premiere of their new show Marvel’s Agent Carter. By the 9th Entertainment Weekly was reporting that the trailer had managed to rack up an impressive 29 million views on YouTube in just three days. The production of the Ant-Man movie has been troubled since it has been in the works since 2008, and lost its director in a very public but eerily quiet fallout mere months before production began. Ant-Man also doesn’t have the most impressive power set, either, so a lot people were panning the movie before it even started production. I knew it was only a matter of time before a new comic dropped to try and introduce new fans to the character they might not seek out otherwise.

Ant-Man #1 easily and swiftly brings new readers up to speed as to who Scott Lang is and why they should start paying attention.

Scott Lang is often cited as one of the bigger human trainwrecks of the Marvel universe. He’s not very good at being a superhero, he’s gone through an extremely messy divorce and he stole the Ant-Man suit instead of it being passed down. Some people even say he’s not the best man to hold the title replacing Hank Pym, who created Ultron and tried to kill all humanity. Scott, however, recently back from the dead, wants to try and do better. He wants to be a better person, a better superhero and a better father to his daughter, Cassie.

One of the things that immediately makes Scott Lang different from most of his Avenger counterparts is that he wasn’t a hero from the start and he wasn’t even a reformed villain. Scott was a petty thief who stole the Ant-Man suit to help pay for surgery his daughter, and sort of fell into the hero thing by accident. It makes him a different type of hero because his motivation didn’t come from a desire to save the world. Scott’s only focus was to save his family. Like I said, he’s kind of a mess, and that is what, I think, makes him compelling to watch and read.

Scott’s new story starts with him trying to turn his life around after being dead for awhile. He is presented with an opportunity to work for Tony Stark, still evil from the events of Axis (it’s a long story), and is planning to use this opportunity to redeem himself. Writer Nick Spencer has done a lot of excellent work for Marvel including The Superior Foes of Spider-Man and the Secret Avengers series. Spencer does a great job of capturing the humor that has to be present with a character like Ant-Man. He’s not nearly as self aware as someone like Deadpool, but he also knows that he’s a bit silly. It makes Scott likable almost right away, and you sympathize with him when he explains how badly his marriage fell apart. It also helps that Scott seems keen to wear the Ant-Man suit all the time, even to job interviews!

When I checked to see what previous work artist Ramon Rosana had done I was very pleased to see that he drew one of my favorite mini series last year, Night of the Living Deadpool. While the art in Ant-Man isn’t quite as stylized as Night of the Living Deadpool, it’s still sharp and easy to follow. I’m very interested to see Rosana put his considerable talents toward presenting the world from “an ants point of view”. He has great back up colors by Jordan Boyd, with whom Spencer has worked on The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and who also worked on Operation S.I.N. that I recently reviewed, and does a wonderful job of making the world pop.

I can understand the hesitation when it comes to a character like Ant-Man, but I encourage Marvel fans, both old and new, to give Ant-Man #1 a try. Spencer, Rosana and Boyd appear to be taking Scott in an interesting new direction, and I truly think this series could change the minds of those who think Ant-Man is “lame”.

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