The Astonishing Ant-Man #4
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colors by Wil Quintana
Cover by David Nakayama
Scott Lang is a fuck-up.
Scott Lang’s life is not going the greatest. He’s in jail, his daughter hates him, and he probably lost that job (we don’t know yet but I’m assuming he’s not running a security firm from inside a cell). But that’s the end of our story, or the beginning told in a flashback, but I digress.
Beetle is back in town and she’s interested in hanging out with Scott again. You see in Ant-Man Last Days #1, they got together for a bit because the world was ending. We are not told how they remember that event but hey it’s comics and it’s best to not look for the man behind the curtain. Anyways, Scott has no desire to be with Beetle again, as he states, “That thing that happened last time only happened ‘cause I thought the world was ending…”. We turn the page to find that Scott has woken up next to Beetle. It looks like our pal Scott just can’t resist temptation. And that’s what it boils down to in the end, Scott while trying to make a better life, cannot resist what is easy and in front of him. We saw in the last issue he ended his relationship with Darla Deering by not talking to her until she realized Scott was never coming back. That’s just how he is, taking the shortcuts in life because they present themselves. That’s what made him a good burglar, finding the easy ways in and out without leaving evidence he was there. Scott is finding out, however, that’s not making him much of a good person.
The art by Ramon Rosanas and colors by Wil Quintana really do compliment this book. Quintana’s uses of orange and reds really suit an Ant-Man book but also a book set in Miami. Rosanas’ style really is a fit for humor, sometimes I found myself laughing at just his drawings (I loved Paul Scheer’s gapped tooth grin when hugging Darla). Rosanas’ round lines almost look like animation. The book could be on Marvel’s animated block of shows and not lose much in translation.
Nick Spencer has a knack for making Scott’s witty dialogue believable in the story. Usually witty dialogue can walk the fine line between being overwritten, but I think Spencer does a nice job of reining it in. Though it does read sometimes like everyone has the same witty mind but it’s not enough to ruin the book for me. Near the end of the book Lang’s daughter Cassie disowns him. He made a choice to hide from his daughter to protect her, but he doesn’t stop to think how she would feel. She believe her father has abandoned her just after she came back to life (again, it’s comics). Spencer is able to jump from Scott’s comedic banter to a more sober tone very gracefully. I never felt as if Spencer was forcing this family story into the book.
Scott knows he’s messed up and he wants to change, no matter how hard it may be. He’s made too many choices based on what was easier at the time, not even necessarily what he wanted. Hopefully Scott can turn things around, however judging from his flashback in the jail cell, we may have to see Scott hit rock bottom before he gets up.
Marvin’s rating – 8/10