The Irredeemable Ant-Man #12
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks
Ant-Man is a jerk. He’s managed to screw everything up and get away with it. This is the last issue of his series. Robert Kirkman is a great writer and hopefully this book gets new life in digest format, but, for now, let’s see how the last issue of this run goes.
Well, the first scene is tying up Ant-Man’s goodbye with the man he framed. It’s a good scene, which keeps the jerk lead character vaguely sympathetic, yet still humorous. The agent he framed stole his Wii, you see, so it’s all square between them. Works for me. The rest of the issue follows a similar pattern, shifting the lead character between wholly irredeemable and endearingly flawed and human. You still end up with distaste for the character, but it’s possible to at least root for his (non-forthcoming) redemption. This is quite well done.
The art here is classic superhero and gets the job done well, utilizing guest stars to good effect. If you like the character, check out Avengers: Initiative and hope a new writer is able to handle someone as tricky to write effectively as this Ant-Man. This issue isn’t perfect, but for a rushed wrap up, there’s a lot to like here.