Comic Review – Astonishing Ant-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

Kit is taking over the weekly comic book review because Adam is in the unenviable position of attempting to finish off his PhD.

“I get to see the Ant die…”

“Well, you certainly would—If this weren’t merely a trial demonstration.” – The Power Broker

Warning: minor spoilers.

It’s me again! Carrying on the cover of the Weekly Comic Book reviews whilst Adam continues to procrastinate get LOADS of work done on his thesis. Fortunately I still have it pretty easy pickings, with the continuation of the ‘All New All Different’ Marvel. I’ll be covering another first issue this week, The Astonishing Ant Man #1. Why this? Well it’s brand new and with the recent film – which I loved – it will likely have a fair few interested new readers. Don’t worry DC fans, I’ll pick up a new DC issue soon. After Squirrel Girl #1 (again?) next week.

So, on with the review! The Astonishing Ant Man, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, like the film follows the Scott Lang incarnation of the hero. We’re introduced to him in a single panel, with a very similar history to the film version of the hero. He’s an ex con, he’s now a hero, he has an ex-wife and a daughter. However in this world his daughter is a teen as opposed to a child. This is what I want in a first issue comic, especially one with a huge amount of back story and history kicking around.

Ant Man 1The story begins fleshing out the Ant Man of this world, and his companions, someone in a bear suit and a talking computer program, with a taste in topless men! The team are down on their luck, trying to make it as a security firm. It seems an ex-hero called Miss Patriot bankrolled them early on, and wants the money the team owe her!

Scott goes to ‘visit’ his daughter, who’s a basket-balling teenager in this comic. We learn that she once had the Pym Particles in her, and has had the powers of Ant Man before. We also learn that Scott is more stalking, than meeting his daughter, spying on her as opposed to talking to her. It turns out he blames himself for a past ‘sickness’ she had, where her heart was apparently stolen by a mad businessman? Yeah. Whereas I felt Spider-Gwen was a little too heavy handed in the flash backs, Ant Man could maybe have done with a little more.

We then get to meet said mad businessman. Mr Cross, who owns Cross Technologies, and now has the Pym Particles inside him, although he doesn’t have entire control over them it seems. We also get to meet Power Broker, a grey man who wants Mr Cross’s business. It seems Mr Cross needs better henchmen, and you know what, there’s an app for that!

A seemingly obscure (at least I’d never heard of) villain is contracted to bring down Ant Man. And the battle begins, just when Scott is off trying to impress a new client! We get to see two battles play out, the one physical one with Ant Man and the henchman and the business ‘battle’ between the Power Broker and Mr Cross.

The comic of course looks great, Ramon Rosanas packs a lot of detail and expression into his panels.

Final Verdict

This is a well written start to a new series. It refers to A LOT of past adventures and heroic escapades compared to Spider-Gwen and Dr Strange. Which would be my main criticism of it. These first issues are supposed to be the jumping on point for new readers, new readers who are often put off by the massive amount of back story out there for each hero. The first page did a great job in setting up the premise of this Ant Man though. If you want to see more antics like the film, and a slightly satirical look at modern super heroes, this is a great series to begin on!

Final Score – 8 Pym Particles out of 10!

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