Ant-Man #1

Ant-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Ramon Rosanas Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 7, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 41 User Reviews: 29
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

• Scott Lang has never exactly been the world's best super hero. Heck, most people don't even think he's been the best ANT-MAN -- and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that's saying something.
•  But when the SUPERIOR IRON MAN calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott's going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he's always dreamed of being.
•  Sure he's been to prison! Sure he's been through a messy divorce! Sure he's been, um... dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 8, 2015

    In short, Ant-Man #1 is well-worth reading. The script is accessible, the hero is relatable and the artwork is cheerful. This is a title that is both fun and funny at a time when far too many comic books take themselves too seriously and that is a welcome thing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jan 12, 2015

    Spencer and company have put together a great first installment that firmly establishes the hero's motivation which will play a key role in everything that occurs going forward. Those who never heard of Ant-Man and are jonesing for more information after watching the trailer would be well-served to pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jan 8, 2015

    I don’t think Ant-Man #1 is a perfect issue, but I feel like given it a 9 wouldn’t be downgrading the comic’s greatness. Nick Spencer has put Ant-Man on the radar and started his climb towards becoming an A-Lister. Handing in one of the best scripts of his career, Spencer restores the humor and tone that made us all fall in love with Superior Foes. Ant-Man is hilarious and bittersweet while giving us the human story of a broken family life. This is exactly what an Ant-Man comic staring Scott Lang should be and more. This issue merits my full endorsement and praise, underdog superhero stories don’t get any better than this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 7, 2015

    So I guess one of the big questions is, why another Ant-Man book? The simple answer would be because he has a movie coming out and they wanted fans to get reacquainted with Scott Lang and his world at large. Yet there's something else to be discovered here, and that's a father and daughter story, and being a dad in and outside his Ant-suit. What dangers and fun times ahead is unsure at this moment, but with this top-notch team on board, you need to score yourself a front-row seat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Jan 9, 2015

    Writing this good is rare. Spencer introduces Scott's life perfectly with never an unsympathetic moment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 5, 2015

    Get ready to be able to say you are now an Ant-Man fan. Nick Spencer is taking the (often) down-on-his-luck Scott Lang and showing us what hes willing to do to be Ant-Man as well as a father. New and old fans can jump into this series that sets up Scotts new direction and place in the Marvel Universe. While this series is rooted in the Marvel Universe, there is a nice distinct feel to the book making it accessible to all readers. Ramon Rosanas art is great at depicting both the human moments as well as the action sequences involving a guy that can shrink down and communicate with ants. Youll be pleasANTly surprised by how much youll enjoy this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 5, 2015

    Bringing much of the sense of humor that defined Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Nick Spencer has brought his A-game - and brought an A-game art team in the form of Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd - to Ant-Man #1. This comic is a perfect mission statement for Scott Lang, and if the upcoming movie can do half as good a job at defining the character, Marvel is going to be adding another powerhouse franchise to its roster. Get ready to enjoy your next favorite Marvel series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 7, 2015

    Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas set the bar for new Marvel books in 2015 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jan 7, 2014

    Ant-Man #1 was a really enjoyable comic book. The creative team does a great job of introducing new readers into the Ant-Man world while having forward progress to long time readers. Scott Lang's decisions in this book will for sure have ramifications and they will be fun to explore over the next few months. I will not spoil the big decision or outcome but I am sure that people will enjoy it. While this series seems serious and realistic at times, it does a great job of using humour to lighten the mood. I would recommend this book to everyone. I will for sure be adding this to my ongoing pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jan 7, 2015

    The writing is great, reminded me of Nick Spencer's work with Superior Foes of Spider-Man which was one of my favorite books last year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Jan 11, 2015

    Issue #1 of Ant-Man is one of the best first issues I've read in recent memory. Nick Spencer used the interview scene as a creative way to catch the reader up on Scott Lang's origin. If you've been completely in the dark about Ant-Man and Scott Lang you'll get everything you need in the first few pages of this issue. This was a classic Marvel style story and character. Scott Lang is a normal person with normal everyday problems that I could really identify with who just happens to have a suit that gives him super abilities. But the suit can't fix his relationship with his ex-wife or keep his family from moving away from him. This issue is highly recommend, especially if you have kids, or an ex-wife, or even if you just know someone who can't get out of his own way like Scott Lang. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 11, 2015

    Is it possible to be the biggest comic book/superhero/mega-corporate owned entertainment company and still be the best comic book publisher in the game? Even when everything is planned, marketed, and released to the most strictest of marketing directives? (Ant-Man #1 was published the morning after the Ant-Man trailer debuted, during another Marvel TV show, which runs the night before new comics are released weekly-damn, Marvel/Disney has this marketing thing down don't they?) The answer is, scarily, yes. As long as books like Ant-Man #1 keep getting published by said mega-corporate owned, multi-media platformed company. Make Mine Marvel now more than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jan 7, 2015

    A key factor in why this series feels a little more traditional superhero than the other indie feeling Marvel titles is thanks to artist Ramon Rosanas who brings a style akin to a Saturday morning cartoon. The art looks absolutely fantastic, it brought back great memories of reading classic superhero comics while maintaining a style all on its own. Its another example of Marvels willingness to give artists a chance to bring something new to the artistic table and it fits this book to a T. Given that so much of this book centres on characters with big personalities and humour its great that Rosanas art nails that comedic style and makes each character incredibly expressive. Its just the best fit for a book such as this and captures the tone perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Richard Brady Jan 9, 2015

    Spencer and Rosanas have given us the perfect debut issue of a series that looks set to be one of Marvel's best books of 2015. Is it crazy of me to suggest this after only one issue? Yes, but I can guarantee I'm not the only person thinking it. Ant-Man holds so much promise, that it could very well be the Daredevil, Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Jan 21, 2015

    And, along with artist Ramon Rosanas, Spencer tells a story in this first issue that I am convinced would indeed make a fine film, even without all that bombast that we've come to expect from Marvel movies. This story has all the Ant-Man stuff, all the ridiculous shrinking, all the ant armies under mind control. It has snarky humor. It has action. It has fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jan 7, 2015

    Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas have a hit on their hands with this one, and rightfully so. An amazing beginning to this chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 5, 2015

    Ant-Man #1 is that perfect debut that manages to both introduce the character to unfamiliar readers and tell a compelling story in the course of a single issue. It is a caper that transforms a comedy into an emotionally invested drama and a seemingly straightforward superhero story in New York City into something much more exciting and original. It starts by giving readers what they want, and then delivers something far better. Spencer and Rosanas have created a great start here made all the more exciting by how much the series has yet to grow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jan 7, 2015

    The end result is a well-packaged story that is a fun and often times funny read. There will be those that might think to disregard an Ant-Man comic because the hero lacks the same powers as others, but in doing so they would be overlooking a less common occurrence from the big two publishers, namely a story that is character driven more so than plot driven. As shown here, Ant-Man is a person first and a hero second, and with the tone of the book matching the sometimes awkwardly funny personality of the character, this series is likely to have a cult following for as long as it lasts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 10, 2015

    If Ant-Man the movie has even a fraction of the care and skill that went into crafting Ant-Man #1, then we're in for one heck of a summer. Marvel knows exactly how to tell entertaining stories with even their smallest characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jan 10, 2015

    ‘Ant-Man' #1 gives us a solid introduction on what direction we're going to see Scott Lang start heading in as well as enough back story to catch anyone up with the character who isn't overly familiar with him. A ton of puns, some adventure, and a bit of showing off his powers mixed in with some of his old tricks of the trade from the days when he was a thief gives us a solid first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 10, 2015

    Ant-Man is a fantastic comic book. I'm not sure it renders a five-dollar price tag but Marvel wants to test out the appetite for the market at five bucks and they are picking the irresistible ones to try it on their customers. This book is charming, fun and a little heartbreaking. You get the history of the character, a solid self-enclosed story and direction for the future issue, all in one comic. What more can you want? I highly recommend checking this book out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jan 10, 2015

    As someone who's been sick of superhero comics as a whole I can only say that Ant-Man in and of itself is an extremely refreshing story hindered by some minor uneven storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 6, 2015

    The best part of this comic, however, is the fact that Spencer packs an entire story -- and an entire history -- into a single issue. Once upon a time, this may have been a one-shot or an Annual, but "Ant-Man" #1 gives readers a complete, detailed story to welcome them to Scott Lang's neighborhood. I didn't realize "Ant-Man" was exactly the comic book I was looking for right now, but it is, as Spencer and Rosanas have captured the same energy, enthusiasm and passion for the character that Waid and Samnee have in "Daredevil." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Jeal Jan 8, 2015

    It was nice to see an oversized issue containing one, succinct story that is the perfect introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the character and is the ideal read before the movie arrives. Ramon Rosanas's art is also very nice, simple but clean with no noticeable flaws and a surprising amount of expression. It doesn't stand out but it perfectly suits the character and the story. There are really no bad things to say about this issue; it's a very strong start to the series and great introduction to the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Moargeek - Matt Lyons Jan 10, 2015

    Ant-Man's highly anticipated new solo series kicks off with a great book full of signature Nick Spencer charm. It gets all the expository dialogue that is required in a #1 issue out of the way in creative ways, and lets you jump right into the lengthy and diverse Ant-Man history without getting drowned in information. Oh, and The Hunger Games is absolutely a Battle Royale ripoff. There, I said it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 7, 2015

    It's been a long time since any hero calling themselves Ant-Man has had a solo comic to call their own. Luckily, this new series shows plenty of staying power. It's funny, emotionally engaging, and easily accessible regardless of your familiarity with the character. This debut issue presents a cohesive, standalone adventure that sets up the hero's new status quo and provides a foundation for the creative team to tell bigger and more unusual stories. Chalk this up as another successful addition to Marvel's growing lineup of quirky, character-driven comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 23, 2015

    P.S. $5 is twice the price of a comic book from just a few years ago, an one-third of what the movie would cost at the theatre. Where is the value for the reader? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 7, 2015

    With the release of Ant-Man#1 amid all the hype surroundingits cinematic endeavors,Marvel ought to be commended in executing such a clever and shrewd business move.But it's Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas who deserve most of the credit here: their ability to humanize anAvenger in a manner that easily recalls Matt Fraction and David Aja'sHawkeyeis a feat unto itself. Their evident care and enthusiasm is what makes this business venture avoid feeling cynical. Because of them, making a C-lister relatable isno longer a tall order. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jan 12, 2015

    Scott Lang may be a bit of a loser, but he is our loser, and Ant-Man #1 brings him back into the fray with wit and style. Though I may not have loved Ant-Man #1 as much as my colleagues and the larger Marvel audience, I still found a lot to enjoy in Nick Spencer's latest indie-flavored superhero yarn. Scott Lang is a character that has a lot of legs, and I'm not just talking about the millions of ants at his command. Scott can be a hero one minute and a total louse the next. Ant-Man #1 shows an understanding of that and shows that Spencer isn't afraid to paint Scott in an unkind light, even though we all know that is heart is in the right place. My FF-related nitpicks aside, Ant-Man #1 is a funny, fast-paced, and emotional re-debut of one of Marvel's future franchise players. Pray to whatever gods will hear you that Scott doesn't screw it all up in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - alexkrefetz Jan 8, 2015

    Ant-Man #1 is a solid start for an ongoingstory. It's only fault is being another super hero story with lighthearted and humorous tones at a company that has put out Hawkeye, Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Daredevil in the last few years. Even if it is similar to these other stories, it's still a great book I look forward to following. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Jan 12, 2015

    Marvel does make an excellent choice in helming illustrator Rosanas, though. Coming off the heels of his quirky Night of the Living Deadpool, helps Rosanas fit right in with the shrinking, isolated Avenger. If Rosanas goal was to give the reader the same loneliness that Lang deals with, then an excellent job was accomplished; although his short angles and compositions still give this fellow artist the feeling there are tighter choices to be made out there. Nonetheless, Rosanas seems the right man for this ill-fated Marvel movie tagalong. Spencers irredeemable Ant-Man is a must-buy for Marvel fans, and may accomplish its goal of assisting in filling seats in Marvels biggest film gamble yet! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Ty Duggan Jan 8, 2015

    It's comical, it's realistic, it's relatable, and best of all " it's small. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jan 8, 2015

    Ant-Man is one of the better first issues. More of a Superior Foes is never a bad thing. Having Scott Lang be so darn endearing bodes well for the future of Marvel and their march towards complete brand synergy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 8, 2015

    Oh, and in case you missed it, here's the teaser trailer for the Ant-Man movie: Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jul 16, 2015

    I went in with the lowest expectations possible and was pleasantly surprised. There really isnt anything inherently bad in Ant-Man, sure there are some clich moments, but the ride is so enjoyable it doesnt matter. This is by no means the best Marvel Studios film, but it definitely is not the worst. This installments is the last of Phase Two and one will find out why throughout. Definitely check this film out! As usual, the 3-D is not great, so seeing it in 2-D works just fine. If an IMAX screening is available – go to that theater. Oh and make sure to stay for everything, there are two post-credits sequences that are just awesome! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Eris Walsh Jan 5, 2015

    Overall, even though it wasn't exactly action-packed, I thought this was a fun read. I'm looking forward to seeing where these guys take the title now that they've established a good base, and how much of the character's previously established history will leak in since they haven't exactly shied away from referencing the past. Perhaps most of all, though, I'm particularly interested to see if this new Ant-Man comic parallels the film as much as I expect it to. My prediction is that the timeline will be off, but the content will likely sync up nicely. Either way, this new series looks like it might be a great place to get newcomers into the Ant-Man title (especially if you'd like to avoid that whole Hank Pym: Wife-Beater nonsense). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Garth Cremona Jul 13, 2015

    Get out and see this film while you can at a cinema and enjoy a lighter look at the MCU and a good heist movie to boot. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jan 9, 2015

    When “Ant-Man” moves away from the “Marvel Indie Comic” story of a hero trying to find work while getting into wacky circumstances to that of a father and daughter finally getting to reconnect after their clashes with death, it really finds its footing as one of the more heartfelt comics Marvel's published in a while. Though it is frustrating to see so much of Lang's recent development get wiped away, Spencer and Rosanas do a great job of setting up Lang to be, maybe not an A-Level hero, but at least a strong character that I would love to see more from. If Spencer and Rosanas can latch onto the emotional core that made “Ant-Man” #1 so compelling, then this series should proceed to be one of the better comics of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Jan 9, 2015

    Ant-Man #1 is fun and full of strong character moments. Because this is a first issue, the book still has to establish its tone and place within the Marvel Universe at large. Scott Lang is a normal "working man" just trying to make a good life for his daughter. Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas deliver a great first outing and I'm excited to see where the story goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Jan 7, 2015

    There is precious little action to showcase the potential of Ant-man's power to new readers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (see Scott Snyder's "Swamp Thing") but the set up to the series isn't particularly gripping either; Scott applies for a head of security position at S Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Jan 11, 2015

    Nowhere near as good a start to the series as I was expecting, but early days yet. Read Full Review

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