If the wait for AVENGERS 4 has left a gaping void in your life, be reassured by the fact that ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is merely a few weeks away. To accompany this highly-anticipated film, Marvel has released ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1. This is the beginning of a series that features exciting new adventures starring the minuscule duo.

Now, certain aspects of this new series may be unfamiliar to readers. Firstly, the mantle of the Wasp is being held by Nadia van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and step-daughter of Janet van Dyne. She also happens to be quite the science prodigy who decided to take up the Wasp mantle following Janet’s death.

As a result, she fights alongside Scott Lang aka the Ant-Man. However, though they fight side-by-side, they aren’t exactly the most fitting crime-fighting partners.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Beam Me Up, Nadia

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 begins with a recap of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne’s journey as the original Ant-Man and the Wasp. Their story is as hopeful as their partnership is stable, which is where writer Mark Waid humorously transitions the narrative into the modern-day setting. Today, Scott Lang and Nadia van Dyne operate as the tiny superheroes, and they definitely do not get along as well as their predecessors.

Their introduction depicts them in the midst of an argument. Scott is out in space with the Nova Corps following a mission with the Guardians of the Galaxy. He is attempting to return to Earth in time for his daughter’s birthday party. So, he asks Nadia to help him return home quickly.

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Using a quantum-entanglement subatomic transport and receiver, Nadia assures Scott they can get him back if he nails the timing of getting in the path of the transport.

Unfortunately for Scott, he doesn’t and ends up lost within the microverse.

The Wrath of the Space Vampire

Nadia takes it upon herself to search for Scott. When she enters the microverse, she quickly finds him in the midst of a conflict with the Thetacorians, a species of sentient light waves that are dying. Some other creature, who Scott refers to as Space Vampire, is absorbing the Thetacorian’s red wavelengths, resulting in their deaths. So, the two decide to help the creatures and stop the Space Vampire’s destruction.

Thankfully, they end up defeating the Space Vampire but at a cost. When the two are preparing to go home, Nadia suddenly falls ill. She also reveals that her eyes have turned to red.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 is undoubtedly a fun time. It’s funny and entertaining from start to finish. However, that’s pretty much all there is to the issue. There aren’t any major plot developments or gripping moments. There really is just an adventure that is dominated by humor. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Fans of Ant-Man and the Wasp will certainly enjoy this installment and stick around to see what happens. Yet, if you are searching for a work with more dimensions in its plot and characters, this may not be the series for you.

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1

Artist Javier Garrón brings a cartoonish vibe to his illustrations in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1. Though that style results in some inconsistencies throughout the issue, it does fit the narrative’s tone. Despite that, the artwork still detracts from the overall issue as it struggles to maintain cohesion.

Additionally, the colors from Israel Silva tend to contrast each other greatly, resulting in a lack of fluidity. So, overall, the art of this particular installment feels a little clunky.

Now, it will be interesting to see how future issues of this series depict the depths of the microverse. There is certainly plenty of potential in portraying that mysterious, colorful reality. So, it will be intriguing to see if future issues bring in more detail to give a better representation of the microverse.

What Lies Beyond

Again, fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP and fans of the titular heroes themselves will enjoy this issue. Though it may not have much depth to it, the work is definitely a good time and may actually be worth keeping up with.

However, if you are seeking something that gives you more insight into Ant-Man and the Wasp, then you may just have to pass on this one.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 by Mark Waid, Javier Garron, and Israel Silva
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 may not be the most dimensional work, but it is without a doubt a hell of a good time.
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