Thursday, September 14, 2023

Book Review: Look Out for the Little Guy

In Look Out for the Little Guy, Scott Lang shares with the world a bracingly honest account of his struggles and triumphs, from serving time to being a divorced dad to becoming Ant-Man and joining The Avengers. These are stories of epic battles won and lost, as this everyman turned superhero finally tells all—from the official account of what really happened between The Avengers and Thanos to how shrinking down to ant-size really feels to the challenges of balancing the roles of hero and dad. Across his many adventures big and small, Scott has gathered the wisdom of countless amazing experiences into this, the first memoir from a real-life Avenger. Once you learn the unforgettable details of his epic journey, you won’t need to be reminded… to look out for the little guy.

This "autobiography" was released on September 5, 2023, from Hyperion Avenue books.

If this cover looks familiar, you probably saw it while watching Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (either in theaters February 2023 or on steaming a few months later). This was the book which Scott Lang had penned that talked about his life as a hero and an Avenger following the events of that occurred in Avengers: Endgame. In essence, this is very much a tie-in product to those Marvel cinematic universe films. But it is more than just a rehashing of events; things are laid out in the context of a self-help, pop-psychology approach. Think of it as life lessons from a fictional character who is also super likable.

Now, if you're familiar with the films, you'll likely start to hear Paul Rudd's voice when you're reading this. That actually works well as the tone and the cadence of the text is very much in line with how the Ant-Man character was written for him. If you know that take on the character then you can see how he would have penned a book like this.

In the end, it is a fairly quick read - very light and accessible. Definitely recommended for fans of the films.

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