Ant-Man and the Stinger vs Yellowjacket
Nick Spencer (W), Brent Schoonover, Ramon Rosanas (A), Jordan Boyd, Wil Quintana (CA)
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Publisher: Marvel Comics
We’re going to go back a week again with this Sunday review by discussing the 13th and final issue of Nick Spencer’s spectacular run on Astonishing Ant-Man. This series has been among my favorites for some time now. I’d say I hate to see it go, and I do somewhat. However, I get the impression that this was at least in part Nick Spencer’s decision, and I think a writer getting to choose when his or her stint on a series is complete is almost always a good thing.
I am slightly perturbed that this is another five-dollar book, but I’ll make this the only time I complain about that in this review. I know that rant probably gotten old. But five-dollars? Really?
The issue begins with the trial of Scott Lang and him reflecting upon his life and mistakes. This time, he was arrested and took the entirety of the fall for a heist pulled on Cross Technologies to save his daughter, Cassie Lang aka the Stinger. Jen Walters aka the She-Hulk is defending him, and sort of ex-girlfriend and current Beetle who actually participated in the heist, Janice Lincoln, is the prosecuting attorney. Things aren’t going so great for Scott.
Machinesmith, Grizzly, and employer Mrs. Morgenstern do little to help Scott’s case, and Janice offers him an out by promising to throw the trial if he delivers her some Pym Particles. He agrees. Before he can accomplish this however, Crossfire, Egghead, and Darren Cross in a prototype Yellowjacket costume ambush Scott and interrupt the trial.
She-Hulk, Darla Deering as She-Thing, Machinesmith, Grizzly, and Cassie as Stinger come to Scott’s rescue. A sort-of Future Foundation reunion takes place, but Cross manages to put down all but Scott and Cassie. The latter saves the day by using the pills to keep Scott’s shrinking powers out of commission while in custody on Yellowjacket, and this shuts down the suit by extension.
The trial resumes by Janice’s insistence, and she call’s Scott’s ex-wife and Cassie’s mother, Peggy, to the stand as a character witness. She actually takes Scott’s side for the first time, and Scott Lang is acquitted. The comic ends with him becoming a super hero duo with Cassie: Ant-Man and the Stinger.
This was a sweet and satisfying end to the comic series. It’s nice to see Scott Lang actually win one after so many failures, and it’s really cool seeing him finally get to properly team up with his daughter. I also appreciate the reference to the old Spider-Girl and Avengers Next series with Cassie taking on the identity of the Stinger. It also avoids the pitfall of becoming hokey by earning its emotional moments by making the relationship between Scott and Cassie feel real and organic.
Is the comic somewhat predictable? Yes. Does it do anything unexpected or daring? No, not really. That’s fine from time to time. As someone who has followed this comic since the first issue of the pre-Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars series, this comic didn’t leave me wanting anything. It was a good ending. Yeah, there’s arguably a loose end with Power Broker still on the loose, but that didn’t really bother me at all.
Schoonover and Rosanas bring their A-game to this series. The art looks good and aptly comic bookish, if that makes sense. The heroes look heroic and modern. The colorists Boyd and Quintana make the comic bright and visually pleasing. It’s an all-around artistically appealing issue.
This was a fun and smart book with a complete ending. Unfortunately, not enough comic book series get a proper ending, so I feel, when they do, it should be appreciated. Spencer brings a good closing to his Astonishing Ant-Man series, and I definitely recommend it.
Final Score: 8/10