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Today’s Super Comic — The Astonishing Ant-Man #13 (2016)

The Astonishing Ant-Man reaches a satisfying conclusion in issue #13.

Since it’s recent and it’s the final issue, I don’t want to give much away. Just know that the father/daughter relationship remains at the heart of the series through the end. The book isn’t so much about the adventures of Scott Lang as it’s about Scott’s efforts to be the man his daughter Cassie deserves.

There’s a clear arc throughout these thirteen issues, and it’s a complete story that allows for further stories to follow. It’s also about something far more relatable than superhero action, and it never forgets to have fun along the way. Scott and Cassie both commit mistakes and grow a little, making them engaging co-protagonists.

Nick Spencer wrote a winner here.

Also, very obliging of its Marvel Unlimited release schedule to roughly coincide with my year of daily reviews. I didn’t include every issue, for the sake of variety and because I didn’t have anything new to say with some, but the entire series is an enjoyable read.

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artists: Brent Schoonover and Roman Rosanas

Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in The Astonishing Ant-Man vol. 3: The Trial of Ant-Man (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up

Today’s Super Comic — The Astonishing Ant-Man #8 (2016)

astonishing_ant-man_vol_1_8The fun continues in The Astonishing Ant-Man #8, this time with a colorful bunch of henchmen playing poker while sharing the tips of the trade with a newbie.

Don’t work for Nazis, laugh at Spider-Man’s jokes, pay your taxes—the henchmen dispense such wisdom throughout a book that’s clearly not taking itself seriously (always a healthy approach, I’d say). But the silly humor never detracts from the central father/daughter conflict that continues to build.

The payoff will come later, but I remain interested in seeing how it plays out. And I remain impressed at how well writer Nick Spencer balances the comedy and drama. A good time all around.

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artist: Brent Schoonover

Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in The Astonishing Ant-Man vol. 2: Small-Time Criminal (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up