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In Reading Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man: Say Hello to Humor and Heartbreak

Ant-Man Vol. 1 Second-Chance Man Cover

So today I somehow forgot it was National Comic Book Day, wow I’m shocked honestly. Yet I had some time so I decided to kick back and relax with Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man by writer Nick Spencer, artist Ramon Rosanas, and colorist Jordan Boyd. Here’s the best part about reading this in trade, it really does gel together as a full story collected. Scott Lang as Ant-Man has a tale that warms your heart and by the end breaks your heart. I’m trying to be careful as to not spoil much for you but it is a sweet story that has so much heart behind it. Nick Spencer does an amazing job of making Scott Lang a fully fleshed out character, this is one of the best spotlights for him. It goes through every bit of Ant-Man history in one way or another too, especially as it comes to Lang starting his own business venture. You even get to know more about his ex-wife and his genuinely cool friendship with his daughter Cassie. It’s got family drama, superhero adventure, and really Ant-Man Vol.1: Second-Chance had it all and left me really caring for Scott Lang for the first time in a long time.

I liked Scott Lang in his FF time with Matt Fraction and Mike Allred, yet Nick Spencer got Scott Lang clicking for me. His take on him got me. In fact so much so that I’m now going to be making a point to finish up Superior Foes of Spider-Man as soon as possible, Spencer’s Ant-Man is just that good. It’s a rare comic that makes me get a genuine laugh out of situations as much as it gets me to feel for the character. Even more is that this is such a fluid take on Ant-Man as to how the character moves about in the world. Ramon Rosanas is so good with fluid movement and capturing the action on the page. Just as much as he captures the emotions flowing from Spencer’s script at points. I loved Jordan Boyd’s coloring on this too, it sets such a mood. The final page of issue 5 especially has such a sense of gut punching you with the color choices, art, and the Scott’s mood by the end, heartbreaking and powerful work. Stay for the humor, enjoy the characterization, and it makes all the emotions that much more powerful.

Now that we got the aspects of the comic out of the way that broke and also lightened my heart, let’s get into some of the small stuff in the comic that caught my eye. One I love Scott Lang’s Ant-Man costume. It’s got a great look to it keeping the classic Ant-Man design while tweaking with it enough to make Scott Lang’s Ant-Man truly unique. I really liked that and kept with the motif that since this guy was once a thief and does security work, he would want a costume that he could function in. I also like as he gets his business started the characters he works with. Grizzly and Machinesmith are a riot and become great characters in their own right as the issues go on. I can’t wait to see what the new Ant-Man series holds when it releases and now I’m sold on it thanks to this new trade. Now I need to read the Annual and the Last Days of Ant-Man story as I’m hooked and want more before the new series hits.

Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man is great and you can get it via your local comic store, bookstore, Comixology, Amazon, and you don’t want to miss it. This is some good comic reading and a book that genuinely moves you while making you laugh all at the same time.

Rhymes With Geek Roundup 5/8/14

As near the end of any given week, time for a good old Rhymes With Geek roundup of what I’ve been up to there. A lot of fun stuff, a lot of cool things, and it is all nifty. Look at these roundups as a way of me giving you bonus material as I process out my thoughts after the review. Enjoy.

Just posted up today on May 8, 2014 is my review of New 52: Futures End #1, which you can check out here to learn my further thoughts on that one.  If you’re curious I’m likely going to check out the first month. Futures End intrigues me just enough that the first month might be worth it. I call this week my toughest two reviews to write, yes this is in the week following my most brutal review on the planet in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1. Of course considering the second review I did this week, while Futures End was a positive one, at least mostly, this one was a bit tougher to handle than I imagined.

The second review was Burn The Orphanage: Reign of Terror #1, and that you can see here as well. I’ve been processing that one, I think in my eyes that the Born to Lose trilogy in Burn The Orphanage was so strong that the monthly series had more to live up to. As this is a five issue series I am going to try out the next issue, confirmation from me on that one. Any kind of premise could have the potential to grow on me. I really want to like this though which is why I’m giving it another go. I still like the core concept so at least Burn The Orphanage hasn’t turned me off completely.

As for the final bit of Rhymes With Geek goodness, a crosspost of  my Ant-Man piece from here onto the Rhymes With Geek express. Do read this one too, which if you want to check it again it lies here, and reads smoother too. Give a round of applause to editors by the way, Dante Jordan has been working with my stuff a lot when he can and he makes it sing. He’s a cool dude and I appreciate his chats with me. He’s helped my writing a lot even linking me things to help me out. If you have an editor out there fellow writers, tell them they’re awesome because they are.

That is the Rhymes With Geek roundup for this week. Thanks for catching up with my stuff there, I appreciate each and every one of you that reads my stuff.