What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Ant-Man #1! If you told me one of the first #1 issues I would pick up this year would be Ant-Man? I would not have believed you. However, I’m the kind of reader who likes to chance on something that could end up entertaining. Plus, every once in a while I believe that readers should see what’s up with heroes like Ant-Man who are not Avengers class.
As a new #1, the aim of course should have been to ease us into a new story where we all could feel like we were all starting from a blank page. This creative team nailed this because this was a Scott Lang who just finished with all the team-ups and events to get back to his own world. Always appreciated because you want everyone to start in the same page. This first issue leaves you with very few questions as to what happened before this one. Now how they approached this was funny because in most cases we don’t see nearly enough stories where the aim is to show what kind of struggle comes with being a superhero. Unless you are someone who already has a line of work which brings is money, you are pretty much scraping by to make a living.
Speaking of making a living, that brings us to Scott’s first job trying to get back on track. Also funny because you know that a guy like him expects big jobs to drop on his lap after saving the world, but he’s not the kind of guy with that kind of luck. Taking a job from local beekeepers only to uncover a global conspiracy that could topple the world order was a good one. Not on the surface because it seemed too straightforward, though great by the end for what something so simple evolved into. That twist was one you surely did not see coming. Overall it made sense for the simple fact that the goal of the first issue is also to set in motion the first story arc which sets the pace for everything else to follow.
The involvement of Stinger was a cool development. Most of us will know Cassie as Stature, so you definitely are left wondering where she decided that small was better than turning big. Till we get that answer, it didn’t hurt one bit to have her a bit more involved with Scott and adding the humor of a kid probably having it a bit more together than him. Didn’t hurt either to put Scott in a position where he is striving to raise her opinion of him. We also don’t get nearly enough books where a superhero who is a father is putting that much effort into trying to make their kid proud of them.
If you are on the fence about Ant-Man #1? Go for it! This first issue was entertainment value that you need in your pull-list. What are you going to lose having fun with the one hero who will show you more than most that the little guy shouldn’t be overlooked?