Ant-Man & Wasp
Marvel, by their own admission, knows they have a lot of titles on the stands. We have seen firsthand the gamut of Thor books produced, thanks to the buzz on the upcoming film. We have seen Captain America branch out into a variety of different styles and stories, and the Avengers are a franchise of their own. Tell me you wouldn’t look twice at a book with Wolverine on the cover. I mean, just to see what he’s doing there?
From this ‘Jump On What’s Hot and Print It!’ attitude from the House of Ideas, I’m still a little amazed that Heralds found the light of day, not to mention extremely grateful. Possibly my favorite comic this year, Heralds was a five-issue weekly event that brought Emma Frost, She-Hulk, Agent Abigail Brand, Hellcat, Valkyrie, Monica Rambeau and Sue Storm together to help a young woman find her place in this world and in the cosmos. It’s an honest story, one that fills the scope of cosmic powers with personality and humanity. These are people living in this great and strange Marvel Universe, and it expressed them all so well that I was drawn in and loved every page.
It was a hard sell. While the characters above are popular, there was no Deadpool cover or marketing jazz to hit the mainstream. A lot of people may have missed the book or passed it by, so please try and grab it in a back issue bin or on the shelves as a trade. The hardcover edition is lovely.
Which brings me back to my title, “The Ladies and the Little Guys.” Two comics came out this week that could easily be passed over on the way to bigger books and this week, I say thee nay. Deciding between Thor, Thor: For Asgard or Thor: First Thunder? Try She-Hulks #1. Too many Avengers books got you down? Grab a copy of Ant-Man & Wasp #1. Not only will you be encouraging character spotlights like Heralds, but you’ll be getting some great new stories a little off the beaten path. Ant-Man & Wasp and She-Hulks are like the off Broadway plays that might not be the hit productions on the big stages, but give just as much performance. They might even be a little experimental!
I read both of them this week (because it would be silly of me to talk aboutthem if I hadn’t) and not only did I get some great character pieces, but there was quick pacing and plot to chew on, moments that reminded me of comics past and even a couple odd notes or moments that made me look forward to the next issue to see how their resolved. No comic is perfect and in the right kind of flaws, we can see a little humanity shine through an artificial world.
Still waiting on the Tron covers? Here, let me tell you what I read.
(WARNING: Yep, spoilers ahead for both She-Hulks #1 and Ant-Man & Wasp #1. I have to tell you what happens inside, don’t I?)