LAST DAYS OF ANT-MAN #1 [Review]

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LAST DAYS OF ANT-MAN #1/ Written by NICK SPENCER/ Art by RAMON ROSANAS/ Colors by JORDAN BOYD/ Letters by VC’S TRAVIS LANHAM/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

The end is nigh! Multiple realities are beginning to pile upon one another, twisting and merging into one world! All of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have been summoned forth, combining their powers to deal with a crisis to end all crises! Meanwhile, Scott Lang (a.k.a. The Ant-Man) is trying not to get crushed to death by a fat man.

Yeah. It hasn’t been a great two months for Scott. He’s being sued by Tony Stark for assuming (quite wrongly) that Tony would be cool in having his name on a billboard promoting Scott’s new security company. His new employees – both former super-villains – have proven less than loyal and less than competent, at least when it comes to things like not destroying their storefront by running through walls. And the one client they’ve had turned out to be Taskmaster setting up a deathtrap.

Thankfully, one of Scott’s investors (okay – his ONLY investor) has hired him to recover some stolen property. Unfortunately, said property is currently in the hands of The Slug – a morbidly obese crime-boss who makes The Blob look like a fitness model. But if Scott survives (and that’s a really big ‘if’) he might just find himself proving himself and dying a hero as the world ends. But probably not.

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It comes as no surprise that The Last Days Of Ant-Man proves to be as funny as it is. Writer Nick Spencer is famous for his dark-comedy deconstructions of superheroes and science-fiction and his recent run on Ant-Man continued that trend. Yet there is a heart beneath the humor and this story contains some truly touching moments as we discover just what Scott has stolen and why his client wanted it back so badly.

The artwork proves equally impressive. Fittingly for a book centered around a pint-sized protagonist, artist Ramon Rosanas fits a surprisingly intricate amount of fine detail into each panel of every page. The color art by Jordan Boyd further enhances the finished artwork. And the lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham is clear and readable.

The only real weakness Last Days Of Ant Man possesses is that it is slightly inaccessible to those who haven’t been reading the Ant-Man monthly series. Thankfully, new readers will get a chance to see what they’ve been missing out on in a few months when the series starts over with a new #1 and – if the final page is at all accurate – a new Scott Lang who is somewhat less firmly on the straight-and-narrow path.

Rating 4

About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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