Mind Capsules – Ant-Man #3 and Earth 2 World’s End #23

Ant-Man #3
Ant-Man #3

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

Scott Lang is living the high life, or at least as close as he has ever come to it.  He owns his very own business, he has one employee and the best thing out of all is that he gets to spend time with Cassie, his daughter.  And his ex-wife is actually speaking to him.  And he has an arch-enemy, though that really is not a good thing when you think about it.  Whoever thought that in 2015, Ant-Man would have an ongoing comic book and that it would be one of the funniest titles that Marvel puts out would have been called crazy and yet here we are.  Funny though the situation might seem to be, but it is true and the book is pure gold on each and every page.  The arch-nemesis previously mentioned is none other than the Taskmaster, and as they battle and banter with each other, it is one of the best exchanges between hero and villain in recent memory.  It is almost impossible not to laugh as the two go at it, especially when it gets to the point when Taskmaster asks Scott not to tell anyone about being arch-enemies because they really are not, much to Scott’s objections.  Or even the idea that there is an app called Hench where villains can find work.  In fact the whole book is full of laughs and Nick Spencer does a great job of balancing the laughs out with a nice dash of drama and action, and when it comes right down to it, it is the humour that really defines the title more than anything else.  That humour of course, but also the relationship with Scott’s daughter Cassie which is left hanging in the balance with a great little cliff-hanger.  If there is a book you need to try, it is Ant-Man.  It is still strange to say it, but it is most excellent and you will not regret it for an instant.

4.5 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #23
Earth 2 World’s End #23

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica, Dan Green, Jorge Jiminez
Colours – Andrew Dalhouse

Our heroes have faced some tough times of late but being upon a dying planet and trying to save it is another thing entirely.  So it is that the Earth finds itself swallowed by Apokolips with Green Lantern, Superman and the rest of the team unable to do anything about it.  And while Green Lantern thinks he has failed, he gets an idea that might just save them all.  When it comes to facing the impossible, the team of writers on this book have definitely not made it easy for our heroes.  From facing an infinite amount of troops from Apokolips to the planet itself, to minions like Desaad and Kalibak to Darkseid himself and even dealing with treachery amongst their own, these Earth 2 heroes have given their all and more.  Every time it seems like they might have a chance, another obstacle arises.  Maybe this time Green Lantern will have made all the difference with the cat he has pulled out of the bag.  One problem that has arisen in this book of late is the fact that the last half-dozen issues or so have seemed a little repetitive.  This battle is dragging itself out way too long and either one side or the other is going to have to win soon before the book starts to become boring.  Other than that, it has been a generally fun ride and it will be interesting to see if the what remains of the Earth’s population will be saved by our hero’s efforts along with Bruce Wayne’s failsafe or not.

3.5 out of 5

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