The Astonishing Ant-Man #8 Writer: Nick Spencer Pencils: Brent Schoonover Colors: Jordan Boyd Letters: Travis Lanham Publisher: Marvel
Scott Lang, there are those who know him as a criminal, a thief, a bad husband, or a deadbeat dad, but we know him as the Astonishing Ant-Man.
Life has been a roller coster for Scott lately, so whats new? After his daughter Cassie and her mother moved to Miami, Ant-Man decided to follow and started his own security company to get his life back on track and to stay close to his daughter. However, after a few run ins with the law, he came to the conclusion that Cassie is probably better off without having contact with him. Not being able to help himself, he monitors her activities with the help of his Pym Particles.
Unfortunately for Lang, Cassie discovers her fathers secret and went from being mad at him for distancing himself from her, to being furious with him. She then applied to inherit superpowers and become a super-villain using the newly found Hench app. Now under the identity of Stinger, Cassie is about to embark on the high risk mission of breaking into Cross Technological to steal from it’s owner, Darren Cross. Scott, without time or the ability to contact the Avengers or any other superheroes, is in a rush to recruit a team of super-villains to rescue his daughter.
The vast majority of this issue is spending time with not B, C, or even D list villains, these are Z list villains. These include, Whirlwind, the Voice, Hijacker, and the Magician. Spencer does a solid job of writing each one of them in an entertaining and engaging way that’ll hold your attention. If you were a fan of Superior Foes of Spider-Man, then this is a comic for you. There are some amusing bits involving Scott’s on and off fling, the super-villain Beetle. However, when it’s all said and done your find yourself asking, what was accomplished in this issue.
Sure, it sets up a bit more context as to what lands Scott Lang back in prison but it’s starting to become a very slow burn. Yes you need those character moments to get to know them and seeing these uber low level bad guys interact with one another is fun. It just comes to a point where you’re looking for pay off and you get the vibe that Spencer is starting to meander a bit with this series, as he’s probably focused on other projects.
Filling in for Ramon Rosanas as a guest artist on this installment is Brent Schoonover. He brings a solid effort to this issue and does a nice job in carrying over the tone and vibe that Rosanas had already established in this series. What Schoonover was able to do quite effectively is characterize characters looks similar to Rosanas’ take. Something that can be rather daunting and distracting whenever a new or guest artist is brought in.
Nick Spencer’s The Astonishing Ant-Man #8 is an enjoyable yet frustrating comic. All the interactions between these Z list villains and the way they work off each other can be a lot of fun. It just starts to drag at parts and becomes too much of a slow burn story wise for what’s nothing more than a set up issue. Brent Schoonover achieves a success as a guest artist in capturing the mood of Spencer’s writing. The issue still warrants a recommendation, just know what you’re getting into and hopefully this is building up to an awesome conclusion.
Score: 3 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach