Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 Review – A Good Starting Point for the Characters

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1
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Writer: Ralph Macchio, Artist: Andrea di Vito, Color Artist: Laura Villari, Letters: VC's Travis Lanham, Cover by: Andrea di Vito and Laura Villari, Variant Cover by: Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg, Production: Mark Russell, Editor: Mark Basso, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Ant-Man is called out on a job at Wasp's house to upgrade the security when one of Hank Pym's old alarms is set off. The denizens of Dimension Z (not the Arnim Zola one) need help in achieving their victory against the dictatorial regime currently in power. Thankfully, both Ant-Man and the Wasp are willing to answer the call. They use the old Eraser device to travel to Dimension Z.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 cover by Andrea di Vito and Laura Villari
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 cover by Andrea di Vito and Laura Villari

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 is another in the line of one-shot Marvel comics promoting their movie property characters. They are generally overly verbose, a bit cheesy, and present an easily digested and boiled-down version of the characters on display.

Living Legends is no different. Scott's jokes are over-explained and driven home too hard. The comic almost doesn't know what to do with Janet van Dyne's character, occasionally referencing the character she used to be when teamed up with Hank Pym but doing little more.

Also, when it explains the story of the Living Eraser and the previous excursions into Dimension Z, we are handed an interminably long flashback summary that goes on for pages.

That said, I respect the comic's reference to an old Tales to Astonish story, and the characters are likable even in their simplicity. Like the other Ralph Macchio and Andrea di Vito comics of the sort, it is a good entry point for the characters, especially for younger audiences.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 art by Andrea di Vito and Laura Villari
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 art by Andrea di Vito and Laura Villari

Di Vito's artwork is good, if a little simple in some style choices. The inking is often a little heavier than it needs to be, but the overall aesthetic looks good and matches the upbeat nature of the story. Laura Villari's color palette is good, if a bit darker in spots than it needs to be. That said, this too looks good on the whole though.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 is a simple but charming tale of this famous duo. The dialogue is rough, and there are some slow patches thanks to flashbacks and exposition dumps. That said, it's a good introduction for the characters, they are presented likably, and the art is solid. I can recommend it, but it's not a must-read in this rather strong week for the Big Two.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.