Ants in your Pants

Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes #6

It’s the amazing origin of Ant-Man! Hank Pym can’t sell his incredible ant-communicator to the gigantic Van Dyne Corporation, and he can’t pay his rent. Is there any hope for his future? Only if he gets recruited by the ants in his garden to save the world from a microscopic invasion of Earth!

Verdict: Thumbs up. This one was insane fun. It’s got ants singing “High Hopes,” an inflatable umbrella, an ant grub saying “IIII wuuuvvv yooouu, Henreee Pyyyym,” and the best line in the story: “No!! They’re thwarting me with song! I hate it when people do that!” This one may be an all-ages book, but it’s definitely something adults can enjoy, too.

Tiny Titans #11

More all-ages fun. This one focuses on Beast Boy’s unrequited infatuation with Terra and the many rocks he gets bopped on his skull. We also meet the new exchange student, Starfire — or Redstar. We get to see Kroc change a light bulb, Plasmus and Aqualad go to the movies, and Little Barda has the cutest giant helmet ever.

Verdict: Thumbs up again. This comic is almost impossibly cute.

Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #31

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Tigra, and Luke Cage go to the beach. They run into Thor, and Iron Man and Luke get into, of all things, a fishing competition. As a result, they end up angering Namor the Sub-Mariner. And every time Namor gets mad about something, he declares war on the surface world. Can the team fight off the Prince of Atlantis and the giant sea monster he brought along?

Verdict: Thumbs up again. Not as overwhelmingly fun as the Ant-Man story, but this one has lots of action, lots of great one-liners, lots of great dialogue, and lots of great character bits. It’s definitely worth a read.

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