Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Astonishing Ant-Man #9 Review - Marvel Mondays

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Written by: Nick Spencer
Art by: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Review by: Paul B. (with intro by Spoon James)

With everyone grabbing up all the Marvel books, it was funny to me that nobody grabbed this book. I figured that both Ant-Man and Nick Spencer were pretty hot commodities nowadays and this would be one of the first books scooped up.  I was wrong.  As the day went on and the reviews started piling up, I figured "Someone will eventually at least claim this one for later", but again, I was wrong. So, I started catching up on the series and got to issue #7 when Paul sent me a message that he had written a review.  Paul, you S.O.B.!!!  Actually, I'm glad that someone with more knowledge of the character was reviewing it, though, now that I've jumped into the series, I am really enjoying it. Maybe I'll even get around to watching the movie!  Yea, like always, I'll be the last one to see it, if I ever do get around to watching it.  Some day.  So, here is Paul's review for Astonishing Ant-Man #9 and after I get done writing this intro, I'm going back to finish catching up myself. - Spoon James

This was one of the main books that I was reading before the Marvel relaunch. I loved the writing, the characters, and the art. When Marvel announced that Ant-Man was continuing with the new Marvel Universe books, it was on the top of my list. However, for some unknown reason, each week I passed it up for other books that I wasn't even looking forward to and it fell off my radar.

When I started reviewing Marvel books, my top five were Power-Man and Iron Fist, Black Panther, Spider-Gwen, Thunderbolts and Spider-Woman. Again, I forgot all about this book, and that's a damn shame. I picked up this issue, and it was perfect timing. It recaps pretty much everything from the end of the last volume and makes it a perfect spot to pick it up. The best part is that the recap is done in a way that it just flows with the story.

This is where we usually go through what goes on in the issue, but I will leave that for you guys to find out.  If you have been reading, you already know what is going on and I'm not talking about just this issue.  This is pretty much all recap in order to give new readers a great jumping on point and also to refresh long time fans' minds before we head forward.  I usually don't love this sort of issue, but the unique circumstances that lead me to it made it perfect for me.  I am not saying it is a perfect issue because it isn't...just perfect for me.

Being a big fan of the last volume, I was glad to see that they kept all the same characters. I was interested in seeing the new giant man after he was introduced as a villain as well as seeing everyone else.  I didn't leave disappointed.  The dialogue was just as good as the  last volume as well. What's better than a man in a giant bear suit consoling another man wearing spandex?! The answer...nothing!

I enjoyed the dialogue between all these former villains crossing the line between right and wrong, for all the right reasons.

And what's not to love about a young woman calling the bad guys jerkwads? This book was a blast to read and I will not be forgetting about it from here on out.  My favorite part of the book was when the plan is being executed and it involved 22 steps! Screw you Ocean's Eleven! This is how you execute a plan!

Bits and Pieces:

Even though this was a book to get people caught up, it never got in the way of the story and it had a good flow to the whole thing. If you let it slip off your pull list or worse yet, forgot all about it like me, this is a great chance to get back in.  I can't wait to read the next issue!

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