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With Ant-Man and the Wasp on the horizon, Marvel is publishing miniseries and one-shot stories to make sure the comic shelves are stocked with books if fans rush to stores to get more. Marvel is going all in with a new series, which is out today — appropriately titled Ant-Man & The Wasp, written by Mark Waid with art by Javier Garron.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
On a military campaign to silence a Greek rebellion, Xerxes, the Persian Prince, watches his father, King Darius, fall in battle. While his newly-inherited fleet retreats toward home, Xerxes’ hatred is cemented toward Athens! Xerxes will prevail. Greeks will fall and everything that lives will worship Xerxes.
Why does this matter?
This series pits Scott Lang with Nadia Pym, who have an interesting dynamic with one another. One is a super genius like her parents and the other is smart, but also a bit of a doofus. Together they must save lives and do it by getting small and large at will.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Right off the bat, Mark Waid establishes a fun dynamic between Nadia and Scott as Nadia doesn’t like Scott and Scott doesn’t really care. His immature nature isn’t phased by her seriousness and that demeanor may get them into trouble, but they both stand by each other. Throughout the issue, Nadia is basically enduring Scott and it’s endearing, to say the least.
The actual adventure has them attempt to get Scott back to Earth for his daughter’s birthday (The Guardians basically left him out in space) which of course goes wrong quickly. Much of the issue takes place on an alien location with very strange aliens inhabiting the rock. Together Scott and Nadia must save them, but at what cost?
Garron draws with a very appealing and easy on the eyes style. He’s aided by very bright and cosmic colors by Israel Silva. Together they produce a comic that is somewhat basic in its layout work, but dynamic in its color and art choices. When Nadia zips to save Scott, for instance, there’s a fun light texture used to have her fly around and then on the next page almost light speed travel only to land on her butt. The comedic elements work because the art captures the facial expressions well too (like when Scott is eating a giant sandwich because he has no patience).
The issue also opens with a fantastic page detailing who Hank Pym and Wasp were to each other, but also who they are as heroes. It sets up a great joke and sets the tone for the entire issue.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Scott can be too childish and the humor can make him seem almost stupid, especially in comparison with Nadia. I get that he’s the comic relief and she’s the straight guy, but Waid drags him through the mud a bit when he’s not normally depicted as so immature.
Is it good?
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this first issue. I never got into the Nadia/Wasp stories, but now I know I should double back and read them. Waid and Garron have crafted an excellent first issue due to the strong characters and their dynamic.
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