Marvel Comics is celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Ant-Man with a 4-issue miniseries helmed by author Al Ewing and Tom Reilly showcasing totally different iterations of the character from throughout their publishing historical past, with every subject that includes a special determine donning the Ant-Man costume. What’s most fun in regards to the sequence has little or no to do with Ant-Man and the whole lot to do with these telling the story. Ewing brings an revolutionary method to storytelling mixed with a deep appreciation for Marvel Comics continuity; Tom Reilly provides completely important designs mixed with a flexible sense of storytelling. Together these creators are crafting a brand new Ant-Man story that not solely displays the character’s lengthy historical past, however the historical past of Marvel Comics in a narrative already sure to astonish readers new and previous.
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Ant-Man #1 focuses on the unique model of the character, Hank Pym, in the course of the peak of the Silver Age when he nonetheless appeared in Tales to Astonish. It additionally cues readers into how this story plans to weave its manner by way of comics historical past. The story opens within the far future with geometric types and unattainable expertise showing alongside narration instructing the reader on the way to entry the narrative. Captions, seemingly learn from a pc, inform readers of their place in time and house and provide steerage on accessing “MRVL narrative experience,” even going as far as to reference future narrative phases and cliffhangers. Before this future is linked to the distant previous, it units the metatextual stage for contemplating who, what, why, when, and the place is the Ant-Man.
Nowhere is that this shift in intervals and approaches extra evident than within the art work. Tom Reilly’s method to The Thing delivered a surprising array of characters and settings delivered in a constant model – clear strains, iconic designs, and ingenious views mixed for one of the most effective wanting Marvel comics of 2022. Seeing that tackle Ant-Man could be sufficient, however Reilly modulates his model for every period on the web page. Reilly’s model for the long run usually avoids borders, emphasizes types, and appears barely summary compared to the choice. However, when the story shifts again to Hank Pym’s earliest adventures Reilly alters his model once more to seize the tone of a Silver Age superhero caper, with rougher particulars, better variation of line weight, and a rise in shading strains and different minor results. Both eras are recognizably tied to Reilly’s model, however show an incredible vary that captures the previous and future in a purely visible sense.
This transformation wouldn’t be attainable with out Jordie Bellaire‘s excellent coloration work. Clean and neatly organized shades of delicate, chilly colours show a future that’s separated from our current by centuries. The Silver Age-style pages permit for rougher results and a muted palette that also pops on the web page even because it exhibits the unreal age of a comic book seemingly from nearly 60 years in the past. Everything all the way down to the design of the title and web page numbers assures readers journey with the story on this time journey escapade.
It’s troublesome for readers to discern the precise nature of that escapade within the first subject, although. Ewing establishes a quantity of key components, together with the futuristic setting and narration to start framing the narrative, however the actual mission, stakes, and idea stay a thriller. However, the clues specified by Ant-Man #1 are lots attractive. In addition to the unknown Ant-Man of the long run and Hank Pym, it additionally options cameos from Eric O’Grady and Scott Lang whose story’s intersect ever so briefly with the plot right here. It means that historical past (and Marvel continuity) are sure collectively in sudden fashions, and this story is about discovering these connections. Wherever it could search to steer, the ambition, ideas, and inventive benefit displayed in Ant-Man #1 assure it will likely be a miniseries value following.
Published by Marvel Comics
On July 27, 2022
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Tom Reilly
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover by Tom Reilly