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Marvel comics are back this week as four digital-only titles have become available on digital platforms like ComiXology. They may not be shipping to stores, but it’s something to tide us over before May 27th rolls in and new comics return. Out this week are a few penultimate issues including Ant-Man #4 by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett. Scott Lang and his daughter are in big trouble, but can some healthy bad-guy uprising help their cause? Probably not!
Burnett makes this series feel alive with great detailing and cartoony up-close action. The book opens with an all-out war in an ant colony and it’s not looking good for the good guys. There are standout full-page and double-page splashes throughout this issue worth eyeballing and some inspired use of sound effects too. You can tell this book is for a younger set in some respects since it’s so darn fun. Burnett is able to capture the chaos and danger of small scale war making it ever so slightly too scary for kiddos.
Props to Mike Spicer for the coloring in this book, which is bright when we’re shrunk down, but a bit subdued when back to regular size. It helps distinguish the bright war-time efforts of the bugs in the beginning and the much calmer world of our size.
As stories go Wells does a good job setting up the big climax. There’s an earned twist that resets the enemy at hand, and on top of that, Scott is out of Pym Particles. For the younger readers, Scott’s daughter gets a big part to play in the issue and may even surpass Scott in heroism. I could totally see a father reading this with their daughter and having a blast reading it.
I’m not a father, but I still enjoyed the book, though it does follow a simple, predictable formula. The villain’s turn is telegraphed rather obviously and the heroes are barely inconvenienced when they lack Pym Particles. But thanks to the epic nature of the visuals, this book gets high marks for coming up with crazy visual ideas.
Ant-Man #4 fun book that I think many parents will love sharing with their kiddos. Pick this book up and delight in the amazing shrunken-down world only an Ant-Man and his daughter could share.
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