Atomic!Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Javier Garron
Colors by Israel Silva
Letters by: VS's Joe Caramanga
Published by: Marvel
Publication Date: 6 June 2018
I'm always attracted to Ant-Man but have never really found the right jumping on point. So I wait until 6 June 2018 and get two Ant-Man and The Wasp titles on the same day. Plus a new film arriving soon. It must be a sign. This is the book by Mark Waid and Javier Garron, with Scott Lang as the Ant-Man and Nadia Pym as the Wasp. Let's see how it was!
Well, it was a lot of fun in terms of the interaction between the two leads. The one thing about Mark Waid is that when he hits it right I do think that he has a great ability to write funny dialogue. Try as I might, he always forces a smile on my face. The same with the early issues of The Champions series when he was on writing duties he does a good line in smart ass dialogue. Which is channeled very well into the banter back and forward between Scott and Nadia at the start of this book. The dialogue continues to be strong but the plot lets this book down a little with a relatively uninteresting story about getting Scott back to safety (Nadia too) after her attempt to get him back to Earth from deep space sends them on a sub-atomic detour.
The art is a lot of fun and Javier Garron and Israel Silva both get to experiment a bit with color and design on the sub-atomic plain. As interesting as this was I suppose I craved a little more Earth-based action for this opener which I admit is a very personal preference. What we get through is pretty creative and the weird shadow vampire threat in this is mysterious and challenging, and a cliffhanger is set up for next issue.
Bits and Pieces:
Despite some bits of really funny and witty dialogue I couldn't help but feel that the plot and artwork in this book just weren't clicking completely. What I would say is that a strength of the book is the interaction between Scott and Nadia who are a good combination, with Nadia's relative seriousness playing the perfect foil to Scott's wackiness. So, importantly, we have a good fit between the two core characters which leaves me optimistic for next issue. A sound enough opener.