Friday, June 8, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp #1

   With the second movie coming out soon, Marvel has wisely turned a spotlight on Ant-Man and the Wasp, and also wisely, they've placed their adventures under the control of writer Mark Waid.

   The comic doesn't exactly match up to the film version, of course. The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, is (reportedly) dead (wink, wink), and the mantle rests on Scott Lang (just like the movie).

   But the Wasp is not the movie Pym's daughter Hope van Dyne, she is the comic book Pym's daughter Nadia van Dyne (from Hank's first marriage), now adopted by the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne.

   Here Scott is played for laughs (although he is an engineer and a capable hero) and Nadia is the brains of the outfit (she takes after her dad).

   Scott is stuck in a distant galaxy, and his attempts to return go awry - so it's up to Nadia to track him down, which leads them both to a mysterious world - and an unearthly menace.

   With terrific art by Javier Garron and colors by Israel Silva, the series is off to a terrific start!

   As a long-time fan of the characters, I'm glad to see them in the spotlight, even under different guises.

Grade: A-


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