Tales To Astonish #45 (Ant-Man/Wasp)
Issue(s): Tales To Astonish #45 (Ant-Man/Wasp story only)
Egghead's vengeance plot involves an exhibition on wasps and hinges impossibly on the fact that the Wasp, and the Wasp alone, might look into the wasp nest and see that he's stolen a gem.
From there it's iguanas...
...threats that, again, they could avoid if they would just grow to a normal size. The Wasp is at least effective, grabbing a pin to use as a "stinger".
She gets a scolding for her efforts and Egghead gets back to muttering to himself, but at least he's moved into his own place.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Ant-Man vol. 1
Egghead here looks way too much like Burl Ives.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 21, 2012 8:37 PM
I like this issue.
First, Egghead decides that when you are fighting Ant-Man, an ant-eater is "the ultimate weapon." That is awesome. (If it's not on the cover, it deserves to be.) You know your career as a super hero is in trouble when a guy can go to an Exotic Pet store and find your kryptonite.
The same exotic pet store must have been having a 2-for-1 sale, because the Iguana is pretty awesome too: it really resembles a dragon, and watching Ant-Man fight it was (in spite of the absurdity) exciting.
Still: I am pretty sure Thor never spends his time worrying about Loki finally defeating him with a pair of Japanese fighting-fish. For Ant-Man, though, that's no laughing matter: dude nearly drowned in a bathtub, for goodness sake!
Also, this was the issue that really turned me on to Don Heck as a comics artist. I really dislike his art in the Avengers series, but in a couple of these Ant-Man and Iron Man stories, his individuality as an artist really shines through.
I really wish the High Evolutionary had created an Anteater-Man, who was constantly threatening Hank Pym, no matter what he calls himself this week: "To me, you're just an overgrown ant, doctor..." Sort of like Pym's version of the Man-Beast. Except, instead of a Wolf with the Power Cosmic, he's just an Ant Eater with thumbs.
Posted by: James Nostack | November 21, 2012 10:47 PM
This is the big problem with all "shrinking heroes" - the most obvious ways to threaten them to build tension also mock their powers and thus make them seem less heroic. Plus, there seems to be few ways that their shrinking powers allow them to do things they couldn't otherwise do. I think it's possible to write an awesome run on Ant-Man (or Atom or other solo shrinking hero), but it'd take an imaginative writer - and unfortunately there are too many hacks out there.
Posted by: Chris | November 25, 2012 12:34 AM
The Atom started off well with Gardner Fox but really nobody since has grasped the possibilities of the character except for Jan Strnad on Sword of the Atom.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 24, 2016 8:19 PM
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