Picking up where their last “Ant-Man” series left off (being interrupted by “Secret Wars” and all), writer Nick Spencer and artist Ramon Rosanas seamlessly return to Ant-Man with the new “The Astonishing Ant-Man” series. Honestly, besides the promotional push a new #1 gives, I don’t see any reason why this new “The Astonishing Ant-Man” #1 couldn’t have been “Ant-Man” #6, or “Ant-Man” #7 if you also count “Ant-Man: Last Days” #1, but whatever, I’m not a profit-driven, variant-slash-#1-exploitative, marketing-guru genius who gets to decide all of that stuff. What I can say is that Spencer and Rosanas continue with “The Astonishing Ant-Man” the tremendous fun that they brought to their original “Ant-Man” run (which just concluded like only a couple of months ago).

Now, I’ve been enjoying the various relaunches that have come out of “Secret Wars”, and before reading “The Astonishing Ant-Man” I was considering whether the new “Invincible Iron Man”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, or “Sam Wilson: Captain America” should be the Pick of the Week, but then I read “The Astonishing Ant-Man” #1 and realized that this book HAD to be the Pick of the Week. Why? Well, all of those other titles are marquee titles — we expect those titles to be consistently good, to always be top tier, A-level quality stuff. Ant-Man, on the other hand, we don’t expect much of, either as a character or as a comic book series. And that’s why it’s always a genuine treat and surprise that this Ant-Man run has been as good as it is. The character has consistently been under-estimated, under-valued, under-appreciated, and over-looked (something that could also be said for the character’s own comic book titles), and it’s great seeing the character deal with these issues in a series as well-crafted as “Ant-Man”, err…, “The Astonishing Ant-Man”.

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