Review: Marvel's Ant-Man #4 by Spencer, Rosanas, and Boyd | Fanboys Anonymous

Review: Marvel's Ant-Man #4 by Spencer, Rosanas, and Boyd

Posted by Sean Hamilton Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Ant-Man hits Miami hard
Ant-Man #4 cover by Mark Brooks
Ant-Man #4 has brilliant comic timing and is a great showcase of modern humor in the form of a comic. This is consistently a comic I find myself looking forward to each month.

Nick Spencer is on form time and again with his script, and the art delivers perfect execution to match this style. Ant-Man comes highly recommended; it is a solid comic that hasn't failed me yet.

At the gooey center of it all, this comic has real heart. While it is a Marvel publication, it isn't about superheroes, and yes I realize they play a large part, but it is a supporting role that brings the real plot forward. This story is about a father's redemption. The fact that the main character can shrink to the size of an ant and control the same-sized insects just adds flavor to the situation. It is the feeling and paternal elements of the story that keep readers returning each month—well, that and the laughs.

Spencer is spending a lot of time focusing on characterization. The introduction of a new member of Ant-Man's security team adds flavor and depth. This is also apparent for some of the Cross Technological Enterprises team also, as we get to delve into the character of Cassie's kidnapper. The subtle and natural approach to bringing these characters to the fore is a skill into itself, one utilized so well in this series.

Ant-Man is full of self-pity Bad guys with a father complex - Ant-Man has it all.
Scott Lang has failed his daughter again. Cross Technological Enterprises looms larger than life.

It feels important to single out Travis Lanham, the series letterer, at this point. Rereading this issue and the previous three, it is more apparent what a fine job he is doing to bringing out the humor and timing of the script as the dialogue and narrative is laid over each panel. Lanham fuses together the art by Ramon Rosanas and the script by Nick Spencer.

Ant-Man dialogue is punchy and humorous Ant-Man strikes at the heart of complex issues
Great art and scripting drives a solid story Cassie Lang is all her heart in the performance

The art by Rosanas and color by Jordan Boyd continue to delight. The use of long panels adds a dimension to their work that paces the story appropriately, elongating the visual perceptive. Boyd uses these opportunities to fade the background colors into a gorgeous hue, adding further depth to the scene. There are some brilliant fight scenes in this issue that show the important role Rosanas has in bringing the right angle and shot choice to each panel. As Ant-Man changes size and is propelled through his quest to find this captured daughter, the artist role in the dynamics of telling the story is extremely apparent.

So Fan-people, as Ant-Man brings you a monthly dose of goodness in comic form, what did you think about it? We will see how "Secret Wars" affects the flow of the series, though this has been a great arc so far. Make sure you tell us what you thought of the book, by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook or Twitter and make sure you come back next time for the next installment of Ant-Man.

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