I’m actually a fan of the Scott Lang Ant-Man character (the second Ant-Man) over the original Hank Pym Ant-Man character. (Ducks for cover).
Sacrilege! To the pitchforks! Strike the torches! Bring him down!
I know. I know. How could I possibly say that, being a “purist” sort of fellow myself? I mean, I like my Nutella on plain, untoasted, Wonder bread. I’m not a fan of company branding on my shirts. And Batman is at his best when his costume is a gray sweater with a black bat symbol on it.
Even though I’m a fan of the Scott Lang character, I’m still keen on the affectionately and cheekily titled Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1 – out today.
Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you why!
Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1
Written by: Corona Pilgrim
Illustrated by: Andrea Divito
Published by: Marvel Comics
If you were to ask Glenn Walker, Associate Editor (and one of the great writers) contributing to this very site, about Hank Pym, he’d be all enthused to regale you with the characters storied history and his importance to the Marvel Universe. He’d take you from the Marvel comic books to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how Pym is intricately involved with all.
In the spirit of Biff Bam Pop’s ongoing “It’s All Connected” series of articles delving into the MCU, here’s a very brief overview of Hank Pym’s connection to all things Marvel: he’s a founding member of the Avengers, his scientific creations created and/or aided many a well-known hero, he’s actually been a few different heroes with different names and he created Ultron, the antagonist of the recent billion-dollar-making Avengers flick.
Man, that’s just scratching the surface.
In any case, being a DC guy, I don’t know Hank Pym all that well and the upcoming Ant-Man film curiously stars Scott Lang as the hero – not Pym. (I got into Lang via the absolutely amazing Matt Fraction, Michael Allred FF monthly series that unfortunately ended a year ago.) But an older Hank Pym is in the film, played by Michael Douglas.
Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1, written by Corona Pilgrim and illustrated by Andrea Divito (along with others) is a one-off comic that tells the story of Pym and his experiments and the trouble they (often) cause. Perhaps the best thing about the comic is that, if you’re like me, you’d like to know a little more about Hank Pym and Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1 delivers. Included in the book is the reprint of Tales to Astonish #27, the first appearance of Hank Pym, as well as Tales to Astonish #35, the first appearance of Hank Pym in costume!
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1 – a great primer for July’s release of the Ant-Man film.
It’ll be great for you or the little ant in your life!