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Ant-Man #1 Review

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Ant-Man #1 Review

You’ll believe a man can talk to bugs.

Here we are at a brand new mini-series for Ant-Man (Scott Lang) by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett.  This is a fun little romp of action, adventure, and comedy but it has just the right amount of hook to keep me interested in the overall outcome, featuring a great theme of bug/insect based heroes and villains for this part of the Marvel Universe.

Ant-Man #1 Review
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The issue opens with Scott teaming up with his daughter, Cassie, and this time she is now going by the code-name Stinger — an excellent nod to the MC2 comics era (check out Avengers Next for more of adult Cassie as Stinger).  It was fun to read how they were dissecting how they were going to take down A.I.M. on their latest scheme and their banter was very spot on for a single dad worrying about his daughter. Plus, it’s funny that it was A.I.M. who were the bad guys since they have those goofy bee keeper outfits, but again, bug theme. 

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Ant-Man #1 Review
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Once that action is done we see that Scott is trying his hardest to get paying jobs since his Guardian of the Galaxy time didn’t help and he couldn’t capitalize on the War of the Realms. I enjoy the fact that Zeb Wells is having Scott living in an ant hill and even the ants are giving him guff.  Zeb does a great job of channeling his inner Paul Rudd to keep more in line with the MCU Ant-Man.  Once Cassie comes over there is the banter between the two about Scott’s choices but this luckily leads to Scott getting a job because of his power set. 

Ant-Man #1 Review
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Not the ability to grow or shrink, mind you, but the ability to talk to bugs. Scott takes on the job to find missing bees and this leads him to a confrontation with Swarm. It’s a great idea for him to be an Ant-Man villain instead of a Spider-Man villain, or at least a shared one.  I like that we see there is more to what Swarm is doing and this leads to a whole new level of interaction with the Insect Kingdom. On the last page, we are introduced to three new upper levels of bad guy. How will Scott handle this?  Well, of course, to be continued. 

Ant-Man #1 Review
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The art by Dylan Burnett fits the tone of the book, which seems to be glib and off-the-cuff.  The visuals perfectly depict the action and pacing of the story.  Dylan’s characters are a little exaggerated, but it works to give them personality in the pages and sequences.  Dylan kills with his pencils when he has the action in the beehive and the fight between Ant-Man and Swarm is a great sequence.

Ant-Man #1 Review
Ant-Man #1
Is it good?
A fun adventure that shows the struggling adventures of Scott Lang. If you're a fan of Ant-Man from the movies then this is the book for you, and if you're looking for a down-on-his-luck hero, give it a shot.
Great opener for a new mini-series
The voice lends itself very nicely to the MCU style of Ant-Man with his hopeless antics for work
Fun art that matches the tone of the story and character
Fast read that sets things up but will leaving you wanting more...but maybe that's good for a mini-series after all
9
Great

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