So here’s a Marvel title that caught me totally by surprise, on several levels. First, I didn’t know it was coming out… at all. I love the new Ant-Man. I was right there when Robert Kirkman(The Walking Dead, Astonishing Wolfman) was writing the original ongoing (that only got to 12 issues, unfortunately), and when I heard that the Eric O’Grady Ant-Man was a new member of the Secret Avengers, I jumped on board that title out of loyalty to the character. Plus that’s just an awesome comic. So here I figured that they were creating a new Wasp to team up with O’Grady’s Ant-Man, as a nod to the original Ant-Man(Hank Pym) and his wife, The Wasp(Janet van Dyne). Well, it turns out I was in for another surprise; the new Wasp is Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man!
This is an idea I can get behind. Both Ant-Men teaming up to fight evil and not getting along. It’s like a superhero Odd Couple. So the concept is great, but how about execution? Well, I’m happy to report that it’s totally solid on that front as well. Tim Seeley writes AND pencils this title, and he does both incredibly well. He managed to capture Eric O’Grady’s very specific wit, making him equally funny, hated and lovable all at once. He’s that friend everyone has that they know better than to hang out with, but there’s just something charismatic in the way he insults people. And to top it off, he adds the heart of the character, showing his eagerness to truly be a hero and turn over a new leaf.
Along with that, he writes a great Hank Pym. Pym is trying to make up for a lifetime of poor decision making (similar to O’Grady) and bring up a new generation of superheroes with the Avengers. This is a great evolution of a classic character, and Seeley writes it perfectly.
Throw in a very cool supervillain plot that utilizes the vast Marvel rogues gallery and history and you’ve got yourself a great sleeper-hit. I don’t know that many people will pick this title up, as neither Wolverine nor Spider-Man adorn it’s cover, but I can tell you this, if you’ve read this far and you haven’t grabbed your shoes and headed out the door in search of the nearest comic shop to pick up this title, well, then you’re an idiot, and we can never be friends. So do me a favor and pick up Ant-Man & Wasp!