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Marvel Super-Heroes #10

Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Todd DeZago
Derec Donovan, Scott Koblish & Vicente Cifuentes, Sotocolor(c)
Marvel Comics
Todd DeZago revisits Henry Pym alias Ant-Man in Marvel Super-Heroes. Okay. Ant-Man was never one of my favorite characters. I like him in Marvel Adventures Avengers, but alone, he is just damn annoying.

Frankly, I don't think the characterization itself is the problem. It's the idea that the ants talk back to him in English that makes him annoying. The "kewl" speak of the ants is like nails to a chalkboard, and the fact that Hank has a conversation with them just escalates the pitch.

It's a pity that the ants infect Hank with this grating quality because the premise of the story is quite good even if it's a little predictable. The Sandman loses out on a job at the same time as Hank Pym, who is trying to make enough money to cover his rent. Yup. The economy is that bad.

The Sandman decides to stage a little payback and pad his income with some grand theft larceny. Enter the Ant-Man and a particularly clever method for doling out the Sandman's comeuppance.

The artwork by the trio of artists is decent but nothing special. At one point Sandman becomes too grotesque for my tastes, but a snazzy panel depicting the Sandman's desperate attempts to escape Ant-Man's sneaky scheme atones for the unexpected shift in artistic style.

This issue of Marvel Super-Heroes is suitable only for those die-hard Hank Pym fans. I know you're out there somewhere.



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