Looks like Marvel can pat themselves on the back now. …
With four great stories and one mediocre one, Secret Wars Secret Love #1 is definitely worth picking up as it looks into a variety of relationships from platonic to struggling marriages and even ones that will make long time Marvel fans smile. This is a comic that will bring all generations of Marvel fans together and is filled with humor, heart, and a nice variety of art styles. (Gurihuru’s Danny Rand/Misty Knight is the cherry on top though.)
With traditional pinball falling more and more toward the wayside over the last decade, along with the arcades which once housed these fabled tables of fate, Zen Pinball and its sequel have managed to carve a clever little niche in the digital market for nostalgia hounds who grew up blasting off that little silver ball with each lucky quarter.
It takes 45 wobbly minutes for director Peyton Reed’s film to find its rhythm, but it closes with some ingenious action set pieces that leave you feeling satisfied. ‘Ant-Man’ is a quirky little orphan that will probably need some time and distance from its cinematic brethren to be fully appreciated.
Ant-Man is a superhero identity that’s actually been used by three different characters of note and, despite the fact that Lang is the character being used in the Marvel Studios feature film, he is, arguably, the least of the three characters. Hank Pym originated the identity and though he quickly discarded it in favor of the more overtly powerful Giant-Man (using his size-changing Pym Particles to get bigger instead of smaller, a switch Pym-creator Stan Lee has said was triggered by artists failing to depict the world around the shrunken Pym in proper perspective), it was as Ant-Man that Pym helped co-found the Avengers (and come up with their name), and though he quickly left the specific Ant-Man identity behind, Pym remains a stalwart member of the Avengers.
If there’s anything that can be said on Marvel Comic’s recent approach to the character of Ant-Man, it’s that it’s awkward. Despite being a founding member of the Avengers, Ant-Man has never been a big enough draw to support a long term solo series. Because of this, he’s often overlooked (in any incarnation) and lives mostly in the shadow of his Avengers or other super science teammates. He isn’t a high profile member of any section of the Marvel Universe as say Thor comes packaged with Asgardian adventures, Captain America is bundled with all sorts of political espionage and World War II pulp action, or Iron Man being part of the super science scene. This public perception really sunk in when he was absent from the lineup of the massively popular Avengers film. Even now, it seems Marvel’s awkwardly looking at its feet and trying to make up for whatever small complaints there were that Hank Pym wasn’t yet part of the Cinematic Universe. While the same studio will pump money into making non-comic fans excited for characters completely alien to them with Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s a complete lack of zest when trying to market an Ant-Man movie.