When it was announced that Ant-Man would be the newest hero to land his own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the news was met with more than a few rolled eyes -surely, Ant-Man’s greatest adventures couldn't compare to the published history of guys like the Hulk and Iron Man. However, the Ant-Man moniker has been around just as long as those characters have, even if the best Ant-Man story arcs have been spread around a number of individuals, including Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O’Grady.
The somewhat surprising success of Marvel's Ant-Man has led unread fans to seek out some of the best Ant-Man comics, and that can sometimes be a difficult task. The character of Ant-Man, and other permutations like Giant Man and Yellowjacket, has rarely been featured in a starring role, usually having to share the spotlight with Avengers teammates and the like. Hunting down the best Ant-Man stories requires one to hunker down and take a closer look at things - in more ways than one!
Issues: Avengers #19-22
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: George Perez & Al Vey
The history of Hank Pym will forever be tied to the mechanical menace he created—Ultron! This major event features The Avengers’ most dominant defeat of the android yet, with a kidnapped Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne leading the charge from within Ultron’s stronghold in fictional Slorenia.232Is this one of the best?
Issues: Avengers #223
Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Greg LaRocque
This single-issue tale gave fans perhaps the most iconic Ant-Man moment ever, and it’s one that even made it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the whole, this story features Scott Lang and Clint Barton teaming up to take the Taskmaster at a carnival, but it all boils down to that moment when Ant-Man climbs onto an arrow and Hawkeye lets it fly.257Is this one of the best?
Issues: Rage of Ultron Graphic Novel
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Jerome Opena
Marvel doesn’t publish a lot of original graphic novels anymore, but they busted out the format for this story of the final battle between Ultron and his creator, Hank Pym. The tale sees Pym determined to remove the threat he created once and for all, and he ends by making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his teammates from his murderous android child.235Is this one of the best?
Issues: Avengers #54-55
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: John Buscema
This early Avengers tale features a fairly routine battle between The Avengers and a group of supervillains, but everything changes when the Crimson Cowl’s true identity is revealed. It turns out that the criminal mastermind is actually Ultron, an android constructed by Hank Pym, and Pym’s reputation as a hero would never be the same.180Is this one of the best?