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 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.
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.
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.
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.