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: 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.483Is this one of the best?
Issues: The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1-12
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Cory Walker
Eric O’Grady, the third Ant-Man, made his debut in this miniseries by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and he instantly set himself apart from the other Ant-Man. As the title would imply, O’Grady is not a natural hero-type, and this series mostly features him using his shrinking abilities for nefarious purposes—like spying on Ms. Marvel in the shower.539Is this one of the best?
Issues: Avengers #93
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Neal Adams & Tom Palmer
As a prelude to the Kree-Skrull War, this one-and-done tale features Hank Pym shrinking down small enough to enter the inner workings of the android Vision, in an attempt to save his artificial life. A visual feast ensues, and once again Pym proves the importance of science over punching.487Is this one of the best?
Issues: Marvel Premiere #47-48
Writer: Bob Layton
Artist: John Byrne
Debut stories can be fairly hit or miss, but the introduction of Scott Lang to the Marvel Universe manages to pack a lot of character development into two issues. In this tale, readers meet Scott Lang in the midst of his theft of Hank Pym’s miniaturizing gear, and then learn of his wholesome, daughter-saving motivations and overall good-guy nature.465Is this one of the best?