Ant-Man is only a few days away and I'm back to writing what I love most, superheroes. The early reviews are praising this film so I thought it was fitting to help people prepare for it. So if you stumble upon this article, having seen the film or not and you want more Ant-Man, keep reading. I got some awesome recommendations for you!
So in the comics there has been three different characters to don the Ant-Man outfit. The first and my personal favorite Hank Pym. The second and Marvel's choice, Scott Lang. The third and least memorable, Eric O'Grady. So I will recommend one reading, based on each Ant-Man.
First up is the original, Hank Pym. Pym is my favorite for being one of the most morally ambiguous and tortured characters in all of Marvel. Yes, he gets a bad reputation for hitting his wife Janet Van Dyme in one panel, but it just shows how many flaws he has. He's no Captain America and he ain't no Tony Stark. He also doesn't get enough credit for probably being one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe. He's only second on my list of smartest scientist in Marvel, right behind Reed Richards. But instead of me talking about him, maybe you should read about him.
Avengers #59-60 "His Name is... Yellowjacket" Written by Roy Thomas and Illustrated by John Buscema
I thought I wouldn't bore you with the obvious origin story of him, so I'm going right inside Pym's mind with these issues. This is a two issue story arc that introduces us to a new Hank Pym. It shows Pym becoming a new hero and a questionable one as well. He's shown to be jerk, but this is a huge story as it first introduces readers to the concept of Pym's mental disorder. He's a man with a messed up head and in this story we get to see how it begins. Also, we get to see the wedding of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyme in this story. Overall it's a fun read and one of my favorite Hank Pym stories.
Now if you're not familiar with the comics Yellowjacket was never Darren Cross. Yellowjacket was just another superhero name Hank Pym gave himself. I like the original Yellowjacket but the movies version looks great and I like where the movie is heading story wise.
Now if reading comics isn't your thing than perhaps you should watch Hank Pym in action with the hit Animated Series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
This is a great series with several episodes dedicated to Hank Pym and his relationship with Janet. We also see how much he differs from the other Avengers as he's a pacifist. He'd much rather help rehabilitate villains than fight them. A great series that goes in depth with who Hank Pym really is.
Now let's move on to most people's favorite, Scott Lang. Lang was a petty thief who stole Hank Pym's Ant-Man suit to save his daughter from an ill disease. After he saved his daughter he went to give Pym the suit back but decided to let Lang keep it and from that day, he became Ant-Man with some of the best Ant-Man stories out their.
FF Vol. 2 Written by Matt Fraction and Illustrated by Mike Allred
Technically this is a Fantastic Four series but what they do with Ant-Man is phenomenal. In this series, the orginal Fantastic Four are exploring different dimensions and planets, leaving Ms. Thing, Medusa, She-Hulk, and their new leader, Scott Lang in charge of the future Foundation. This was one of my favorite titles with the Marvel NOW brand. It's a fun, light hearted read that takes its time to show Scott Lang behind the mask. After dealing with the recent death of his daughter, Scott finds a new family with the FF and comes to love every single member. It's a great read with plenty of action and humor. Sounds a lot like the movie...
Honorable Mentions: Ant-Man Vol. 2 Written by Nick Spencer and Illustrated by Ramon Rosanas
This was sadly a short lived series with only 5 issues, but it's certainly a fun read as Scott Lang's daughter is brought back to life and it's a story about him trying to come into fatherhood and become a good dad for her. Certainly a fun and quick series to read.
Now we move on the the least likable Ant-Man, Eric O'Grady. Eric was a low level SHIELD agent until he "borrowed" a prototype Ant-Man suit and instead of fighting crime or even starting crime, he decides to be a creep and use his suit to get women.
The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1-12 Written by Robert Kirkman and Illustrated by Phil Hester
This story is one big action-comedy. Robert Kirkman is a great writer and he makes us love this jerk. It's about Eric going on his on adventures doing what he does best and that's getting in trouble and womanizing. However, towards the end of the series he does find a way to redeem himself and become less hated by the heroes in the Marvel Universe. There's nothing more to say about this series other than it's fun read and the art is spectacular.
Also this comic is known for having a very funny, but weird panel in one of the issues.
I have seen MANY memes based on this photo, but it's funny and odd and that's what makes this series great.
Obviously those are only a few of many astonishing stories of Ant-Man. Just ask around your local comic shop and they'll tell you what to read. Chances are they'll tell you some of the stories I mentioned.
Ant-Man comes out in theaters July 17, 2015. Get ready for the BIGGEST hero yet!
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