- Series: Ant-man
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (June 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785193871
- ISBN-13: 978-0785193876
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ant-Man Vol. 1: Second-Chance Man Paperback – June 23, 2015
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About the Author
Nick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, Bedlam), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Secret Avengers, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Avengers World).
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Confession time: Most of my exposure to Scott Lang, prior to the Ant-Man movie, was in various issues of Fantastic Four and FF. For some reason, I had a craving for his newer solo adventures and picked this up.
Second-Chance Man gives Ant-Man the "Hawkeye by Matt Fraction" treatment to a degree. Instead of Ant-Man fighting crime, he's fighting to pay his bills, first with a shot at working for Tony Stark, then in Miami, running a security business.
Spencer knows his way around an Ant-Man story. Prior to his recent adventures, I thought Ant-Man was right up there with Hawkman and the Atom in terms of lameness. Spencer took the ant-covered ball and ran with it in this one, pitting Scott against menaces like Darren Cross, the Taskmaster, and, most fearsome of them all, his ex-wife.
Scott's relationship with his daughter Cassie is the heart of the book. He uproots his life and turns down a job with Tony Stark to be with her. When she gets into trouble, he assembles an ace team to help get her back, a team consisting of Grizzly and Machinesmith, whom I hope factor into future volumes.
Good stuff. Second-Chance Man was an entertaining way to spend an hour avoiding housework. Three out of five stars.
The story beings with Scott trying to secure a job with Tony Stark, but is forced to opt-out and go to Miami to follow and stay in his daughter's life. Along the way, He starts his own security agency where he recruits a few former criminals, fights long time foe-men, and fights for the survival of his loved ones. Its a roller coaster ride where we get first row seats to the struggles of fatherhood, making ends meet, and being a superhero.
In 'Foes' Spencer has a clean slate for the inner lives of minor league super villains. Here he takes on heroes that have been around for 35+ years, and works to make them familiar to those just coming off this summer's 'Ant-Man' movie. So Cassie Lang reverts to the first couple paragraphs of her Wikipedia entry - she goes from 'Young Avenger killed and later resurrected by Doctor Doom (yeah, that happened)' back to 'victim girl.' Early on Scott thinks 'this is why my daughter is cooler than yours' - not because she is a self-sacrificing superhero, but because she thinks Battle Royale is better than the Hunger Games.
Anyway, I'd originally thought that I should give the second volume of Superior Foes a 4 star rating and therefore this should get 3 - but that means it is 'ok' and this book is better than OK. Buy the others first and then, unless you have cash flow problems or an inflexible fondness for previous versions of Ant-Man and Stature, buy this - fun stuff.