Astonishing Ant-Man #4 Writer: Nick Spencer Penciler: Ramon Rosanas Colorer: Wil Quintana Letterer: VC's Travis Lanham Publisher: Marvel
In an era of comic book mega events, crossovers, dark and gritty storytelling, it’s refreshing to read a comic thats just simple, light hearted, and fun. Nick Spencer has done a terrific job of giving readers an enjoyable break from the complex comic book universes of today but doesn’t shy away from giving us a complex character study.
The great thing about this Ant-Man series and Spencer’s previous Ant-Man series pre Secret Wars(2015) is that he’s delved into as to who Scott Lang actually is as a character. Not just a former crook turned superhero, which is by no means a bad story, but show us a man desperately trying to move forward in his life. We see Scott dealing with being a disappointment to his daughter Cassie, struggle with his love life, and managing a starting up security company.
In this issue Spencer again shows Scott Lang making a mistake but prior to it we see he knows its wrong and is in a constant struggle in his head not to do so. We get some fun scenes with super villain Beatle who he’s having an on and off relationship with. For more explanation read Ant-Man: Last Days #1. A fun Paul Scheer cameo and a humorous play on mind control powers. However the best part about this issue is the second to last scene where we get a great dramatic father/daughter moment between Scott and Cassie.
The artwork done by Ramon Rosanas is a highlight as well as it complements the tone of the book.
Overall Astonishing Ant-Man is a fun enjoyable read that can be a bit deceiving as it does gives you some great dramatic scenes along with lighthearted ones. Spencer does a nice job of jelling them together and neither feels out of place.
Score: 4 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach