Monday, June 25, 2018

Ant-Man & The Wasp #2 Review

What a trip

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Javier Garron
Colors by Israel Silva
Letters by: VS's Joe Caramanga
Published by: Marvel
Publication Date: 20 June 2018

I gotta say straight off the bat, some people are not gonna like this book. The opening section of this issue is just completely off the wall mad. So have a look at the preview panels in this review, and if you feel like that madness is your cup of tea then fill your boots. If not then maybe best to opt out of this series now.

Saying that I have to say that I found this a very good issue. Okay so the subatomic monsters are really off the wall nuts and pretty loony, but if you park that to one side, it is a pretty effective issue in terms of using the bizarre plot structure to crowbar in a lot of Nadia's backstory (something which was never really done that well in the Unstoppable Wasp series despite its strong points - yes I was a fan). Waid also manages to get some background on Lang as well which is pretty good and a decent rapport is being built up between these two. One minor point - there is a reference to Nadia learning English from Downton Abbey, a silly reference which doesn't match up with any timeline Marvel or otherwise.

Art-wise this is a really mind-blowingly funny issue. Just don't expect to take this too seriously - if you just realize that you are going to experience a world of sub-atomic craziness and let it all wash over you as an immersive experience. I really like the style of the art in this book although it does depict Nadia as looking a lot older than a young teenager. Very high caliber work from Garron and Silva.

Bits and Pieces:

Hands up, this issue is frickin' crazy and I partly only like it because it is so insane. I don't know what Waid was smoking when he was writing this (joking of course) but it is mad to the point that I thought it was great. Amidst that, there are also some very good passages in this issue and it is worth the admission price for the Nadia background material and the art.


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