Review: Ant-Man & Wasp #1

Published on November 12th, 2010

I’m not exactly sure why, but Ant-Man & Wasp is a book that I have really been looking forward to. Maybe it has to do with Hank Pym being one of the original Avengers, and an all around cool character who happens to be in charge of The Avengers Academy. And let’s not forget Eric O’Grady, the new Ant-Man and also one of my favorite characters of the last ten years. I was really disappointed that  Irredeemable Ant-Man only lasted twelve issues, but at least I get to see him in Secret Avengers. It was only a matter of time before these two characters had to have a team-up.

ant-manwasp1So the book starts with Hank Pym making a Public Service Announcement for his new project, The Janet Van Dyne Centers for Women that will help women who are victim of Domestic Abuse. And while Hank is involved in trying to redeem his past mistakes and help others what is Eric O’Grady up to? Well Eric is ditching a woman he hooked up with after telling her he’s an Avenger. After the woman climbs down the fire escape in fear of being attacked by Dr. Doom an old pal of Eric’s shows up, master thief and geriatric, Black Fox. Black Fox drops by to let Eric know that A.I.M. tried to hire him to steal one of Hank Pym’s inventions. So Eric figures he’ll score some good guy points by meeting with Hank Pym and giving him the head’s up.

Unfortunately when Ant-Man gets to Infinite Avengers Mansion, Wasp is on a conference call with Reed Richards doing some science stuff and keeping their universe from merging with another parallel blah blah blah. So Ant-Man wanders off to keep himself occupied by making some new friends. And who better to make friends with than schoolgirls? In this case Veil and Finesse from Avengers Academy, oddly enough the two girls go off with Ant-Man only to be disappointed when he drinks all the booze and passes out on the couch. When Eric falls asleep this crazy green lady appears and starts causing havoc in the mansion until she steals Hank’s experiment and then dissipates into Eric’s head which causes him to wake up. Apparently the mystery girl  is a sleepwalker that snuck into Ant-Man’s head when he was visited by Black Fox so she could steal Wasp’s current experiment, which happens to be a manifestation of heaven. So Wasp has to go get his invention back, and at first he wants to bring Tigra with him, but Ant-Man feels responsible for the whole thing so after he brings up how he wants to make up for all his past mistakes and redeem himself Pym agrees to lat Ant-Man help retrieve the invention.

This is one of those rare books that actually exceeded my expectations. I figured this book was either going to be really good or really bad and I am relieved that this book didn’t suck. I really enjoy Eric O’Grady as Ant-Man, he’s just such a bad person it’s funny. He’s not evil, he’s just a jerk and I’m glad they haven’t messed with that. Overall I found this book to be really funny, I especially enjoyed how Ant-Man wasn’t sure if the Hank Pym that he stole the Ant-Man suit from was a Skrull or not, but he was too embarrassed to bring it up. What’s really cool about this book is that it is written and drawn by Tim Seeley and you can tell because the pictures compliment the story perfectly.  The second page where Pym is talking about his charity project is really cool because the facial expressions really show off his emotions and I think it came off very well. I think this is going to be a fun miniseries, I look forward to seeing Ant-Man and Wasp work together in a joint effort of redemption.

Ken Zeider
Ken@ComicImpact.com