WotR Damage Report: Ant-Man Goes Blue-Face
WotR: Giant-Man #1
Writer: Leah Williams
Illustrator: Marco Castiello
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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In this tie-in, we go backwards in time just a bit to right after the events of issues two of “War of the Realms.” Freya is still at it with the recruiting mini-teams, but there is nothing mini about this particular group of heroes. Her mission is to seek out those who could potentially blend in and infiltrate King Laufey’s stronghold of Frost Giants located in the savage lands of… Florida. Freya seeks revenge for the death of her son, Loki, whom was eaten by Laufey, but she doesn’t want to go directly for his killer’s throat. Freya wants Scott Lang, along with Atlas, Giant-Man, and Goliath, to destroy the only one capable of Laufey’s affection, his beloved Ymir. And so the team gathers together to go undercover, and they go all out “blue-face” to get there. They actually paint themselves blue and wear loin clothes to blend in with the Frost Giants, which doesn’t end up really working out. Fortunately, the Frost Giants are dumb enough to buy the outfits. On the other hand, Ice Hounds exist, and they know when you’re not a Frost Giant, so the team is found out and a pursuit entails. The issue ends up with the four cornered at a “Death Wall.”
Leah Williams may be one of Marvel’s best up and coming writers, and this issue helps prove that. Is this a story that I thought we necessarily needed to progress this event? No. However, I am very happy to say that Williams took a story that I found to be unnecessary and made it so that I am eager to read the next two issues following up. It’s not so much the mission that draws me into this issues as it is the chemistry of having the four “biggest” heroes, who are all very different from each other, on the same squad. The comedic delivery is on point, but also not too drowned in forced one-liners. I am curious to see how Hopeless finds a way to cleverly get out of the situation he wrote our “Giant Men” into.
Castiello and Rosenberg do a great job with the visuals of this issue. For being a penciler that I am not incredibly familiar with, I came out impressed. Although there was nothing mind blowing about the art, they did a good job helping tell the story with consistent and aesthetically pleasing panels. The way they differentiate the character designs once in disguise was also very pleasing, as well as clever. The pale color tone through out worked well for this setting, but I hope to get some vibrancy once the scenario calls for it, which I know Rachelle Rosenberg is more than capable of doing.
For being a story that I didn’t think necessarily needed to be told, I am glad it happened. The fact that Freya was not going to let the death of Loki go unpunished is pretty bad ass, even though for a bit it seemed like she may be sweeping that under the rug, but the way she is going about doing so by recruiting Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Atlas, is even more so. Once again, this event is pulling no punches when it comes to giving everyone in the Marvel universe a part to play. Ant-Man isn’t really much of a surprise, but him getting to lead his own team is. Suddenly, I feel like this book may be more vital to the “War of the Realms” than I originally anticipated. I get the feeling that Loki may pop up in this mini-series when it is all said and done, but that’s just my speculation.
For being a story that I didn’t think necessarily needed to be told, I am glad it happened.