Mind Capsules – Ant-Man #1 and Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #4

Ant-Man #1
Ant-Man #1

Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Roman Rosanas
Colours – Jordan Boyd

Marvel’s smallest hero finally gets an ongoing title to his name, one that very few were probably asking for, but one that after reading it, is greatly appreciated.  The book is superb in more ways than one, featuring some truly great dramatic moments about the life and hardships that Scott Lang faces as a convicted felon and divorced father of one.  It also has some really great comedic moments and the book despite having those serious moments, is more lighthearted than anything.  The interview for the Stark job was probably the most hilarious moment of the book and not something you really see in any title these days though Marvel seems to really be upping the humour quotient in their titles.  Nick Spencer really creates a compelling and moving story about a down-on-his-luck hero who just needs a break.  One of those breaks comes from Tony Stark, the newly inverted one who was actually behaving himself somewhat in this issue, when he gives Scott the job.  It is a little too bad that Scott flaked out on it, but he did do it for good reason.  Cassie is back in his life as well, no longer counting herself among the dead, which is great to see as she is a truly wonderful character and it will be great to see what kind of dynamic she adds to the title going forward.  Also great to see amongst all the humour and dialogue were the pop-culture references to Star Trek and Battle Royale which really added the icing on the cake.  The artwork by Roman Rosanas is a perfect fit for the book, and it has that nice, clean style that has been featured in many Marvel titles of late.  You might not have cared for Scott Lang very much before, or really, given him any thought.  But with a movie on the horizon, and with this new book on the stands, should you give it a shot, Nick Spencer and Roman Rosanas will change your mind.

4.5 out of 5

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #4
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #4

Writer – Joe Casey
Artist – Nathan Fox, Benjamin Marra
Colours – Brad Simpson

Captain Victory is still missing and the Dreadnought: Tiger is still on the hunt with its crew getting more and more frustrated.  Even with all of their vaunted technology, they still find it impossible to nail down an exact position for their Captain though Mister Mind might have an idea to fix that.  Meanwhile on Earth, Victor is having strange dreams and is exhibiting powers that he cannot explain while his other clone on an alien planet is taking care of business or essentially, just surviving.  It was hard to expect what we would get when it was announced Joe Casey was rebooting this title.  The man is known for putting out some of the best works in the last decade and all of them so different from one another.  It was a pleasant surprise to find this book embracing its science-fiction heritage and delivering a tale deeply rooted in the genre.  Every issue feels like an episode of classic Trek combined with Buck Rogers and to say that it is an enjoyable read is putting it lightly.  Even the artwork, which is usually a mashup of two to three different artists, and which would normally not work very well, is the opposite here.  Whoever it is that Nathan Fox has to work alongside, fits like a glove and the books are beautiful.  Really, there is no other book on the stands right now that has this feel, that looks and reads like this tale does and it not only makes it unique, it makes it stand out.  The only downside is that this series is not an ongoing, but if Dynamite is smart, they will make it so.

4.5 out of 5

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  1. I like that Ant-Man is from the same writer as Superior Foes of Spider-Man which I thought was a lot of fun. I hope to learn more about Ant-Man and catch up on this title when it’s gets released as trade paperback.


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