Today’s Super Comic — The Astonishing Ant-Man #2 (2015)

Astonishing Ant-Man 2This is shaping up to be a fun series. Ant-Man working private security! (Or trying to.) It’s not exactly a straight superhero book, but it takes full advantage of playing in a world of superheroes and villains. And “playing” is definitely the right word—and definitely the right approach for a character like the Scott Lang Ant-Man. (If someone could pull off a dramatic take on Ant-Man, I’d be pretty darn impressed. Alas, he’s not exactly Marvel’s answer to Hamlet.)

The book is saddled with convoluted continuity as backstory, but writer Nick Spencer uses what he inherited to fuel entertaining story possibilities. The second issue draws on Ant-Man’s time leading the substitute Fantastic Four that served while the real FF were playing Doctor Who not too long ago. He had gotten involved with a teammate, “Ms. Thing” Darla Deering, and the way it ended was not Scott’s finest moment. That history leads to a compelling dynamic for this series.

The Astonishing Ant-Man features a character who is very human and capable of screwing up in huge ways, but he keeps plugging along and trying his best. And once in a while, he might even succeed.

You know, he did beat up Doctor Doom that time.

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artist: Roman Rosanas

Publishers: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; Astonishing Ant-Man vol.1: Everybody Loves Team-Ups (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 13 and up