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The Best 'Ant-Man' Storylines In Comics

Updated October 13, 2018 595 votes 123 voters 7.5k views20 items

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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: Ant-Man #1-5

    Writer: Nick Spencer

    Artist: Ramon Rosanas​​​​​​​

    Scott Lang was killed in the midst of the Avengers: Disassembled storyline, but his daughter Cassie fought to bring him back to life. This series features Lang getting a literal second lease on life…and predictably screwing it up in almost every conceivable fashion.

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  • Issues: The Astonishing Ant-Man #1-4

    Writer: Nick Spencer

    Artist: Ramon Rosanas

    This story features former criminal Scott Lang trying, and failing, to use his superpowers for a legitimate business purpose—starting a security company. Joined by a collection of less-than-reformed supervillains, this is Lang at his best-intentioned, even if he doesn’t quite succeed at his goals.

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  • Issues: Avengers Academy #14-20

    Writer: Christos Gage

    Artist: Sean Chen & Tom Raney

    The Avengers Academy series put Hank Pym into a brand new role—teacher and caretaker of a new generation of heroes. The Fear Itself tie-in saw Pym proving he was the right choice for the job, as he takes on an Asgardian-powered Absorbing Man and Titania to protect his students and save the world.

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  • Issues: The Avengers #1

    Writer: Stan Lee

    Artist: Jack Kirby

    The debut issue of The Avengers is one of the most important comics in the history of the medium, and it also marked a serious increase in the importance of Hank Pym and his partner, Janet van Dyne. Ant-Man and The Wasp are shown here to be founding members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and both prove essential to the team’s first victory.

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