Insectoid Apocalypse: ‘Ant-Man #2’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Ant-Man and Swarm stand before a trio of insect monstrosities: Vespa, the thing that is hornets, Thread, the thing that is silkworms, and Tusk, the thing that is beetles. The three creatures attack Scott and Swarm, forcing them to make a hasty retreat. After they have reached safety, Ant-Man presses Swarm for information about the three insect creatures. Swarm explains how he accidentally created Vespa, Thread, Tusk, and their master, Macrothrax. Back at Cassie’s home, Stinger explains to her mom about how dissatisfied she has been while teaming up with her dad and her opportunity to join the West Coast Avengers.

Ant-Man #2 cover by Eduard Petrovich
Ant-Man #2 cover by Eduard Petrovich

Ant-Man #2 finds Scott Lang standing against a new crew of insect villains. Like Swarm, each is a singular entity made up of many insects of a specific species.
Swarm was always an interesting concept for a monster-villain, so it’s cool seeing the concept iterated upon again with these new insect-themed villains. 
Swarm is weirdly made almost sympathetic in this issue. We know he was a Nazi and Scott keeps pointing out that he’s a Nazi and is, as a result, skeptical of everything Swarm tells him. However, Swarm is nothing but cooperative with Ant-Man in this issue, and he even saves Scott at one point. I am left to wonder what exactly the role of a Nazi beekeeper was in the Third Reich.
Cassie’s part in this comic is a little heartbreaking, as it’s clear that even she thinks her dad is a complete loser at this point. Scott is a loser, of course, but we love him for it.
Ant-Man #2 art by Dylan Burnett, Mike Spicer, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Ant-Man #2 art by Dylan Burnett, Mike Spicer, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Dylan Burnett does a bang-up job in rendering the new monstrous insect rogues and the action scenes look really cool and even a bit creepy. The scene with Cassie and her mom is a little off-putting though. Their eyes look off and it’s a bit distracting. Mike Spicer’s color work is deep and lively, giving the book a lot more vibrancy.
Ant-Man #2 is a great follow-up to the opening installment. We meet the new bug villains and learn how they came to be. We also learn how Scott is losing the faith of his daughter. It’s a roller coaster of both action and emotion and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Ant-Man #2 comes to us from writer Zeb Wells, artist Dylan Burnett, color artist Mike Spicer, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Eduard Petrovich, and variant cover artist Superlog.
Final Score: 8/10

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