Originally released in June 2015, this fresh Ant Man title came out parallel with the comedic heist movie featuring the tiny character. Matching the tone of the movie the new series was a hope at rekindling a c-list character in Scott Lang. Author of creator owned titles Morning Glories and Thief of Thieves, was given the task of shaping comic Scott Lang to fit with the movie version. While artist Roman Rosanas was handed his first running series from Marvel. The results is a fun, quirky book with a fresh look.
Scott Lang is trying to stabilize his career for the sake of his daughter, Cassie. Boasting a super hero career highlighted with stints on the Avengers and Fantastic Four, yet nothing permanent. Scott’s past as a convicted felon still haunts him, and he struggles with supporting 16 year old Cassie, whom courts have only granted him visitations. A major career opportunity proposed by Tony Stark himself, may be too little too late, as Cassie’s mother moves her to Miami, Florida. Starting fresh in a city with less need of super heroes, the Astonishing Ant Man tries to rebuild his life enough to support and protect Cassie and give her a normal life.
Rehashing Scott’s character has given him much more depth than he ever achieved as a second string Avenger. Adding in some of Paul Rudd’s comedic charisma to the comic hero has developed an entertaining angle that Ant Mans have lacked previously. The continual joke of Scott not only being a c-grade hero but a c-grade Ant Man adds to the general theme of the struggling, starving, super hero. By giving him a very clear and direct motive to do what is best for his daughter, a real life connection is made that we can all sympathize with. Suddenly, Scott Lang is a well rounded character with an under dog story that makes him enjoyable and lovable.
The inclusion of some nearly forgotten villains adds to the humour and tone of the story. Ant Man goes as far as to hire on The Grizzly as his reformed muscle, and the dynamic between the two is wonderful. Yet, no matter how low grade a character entering the story may be, Scott is constantly reminded of how low on the super hero totem pole he is, with most assuming that he is either died or one of the other Ant Men.
The style of the book is one of the biggest draws. Relocating the title character to Miami, puts him in his own scenery and gives the comic some uniqueness. The fight by day light, take the bus, cant pay his phone bill character is a great approach for this character. Not the most powerful, not the richest, or the smartest, Scott’s life as a super hero is a constant struggle.
This new look Scott Lang is a joy to read, and reminiscent of the major draws that made the Ant Man movie a success. Marvel has taken on more and more of these fresh approaches at lower grade heroes and as a consumer I am grateful. Ant Man: Second Chance Man was a 4/5 from me, I love the humorous approach and the well rounded story and character. If you are in search of a fun little tpb with no major attachment to years of comic collecting this is a great recommendation. Also if you enjoyed the Ant Man film, this book shares much of that feel and humour.
Thanks booknerds, every one deserves a second chance.