Avengers Origins: Ant-Man and the Wasp #1: Review

Jan 2012
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephanie Hans

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers Origins: Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 Review by (November 25, 2019)

Review: A story about Hank and Janet Pym that doesn’t even allude to domestic violence? What will they think of next? This is one of a set of five one-shots each recounting the origin of one or two Avengers, each from a different creative team. While fairly well-done, none has much to add to the versions we’ve read before. The big differences here are giving the Hank/Janet romance much longer to develop (it’s all in one issue originally) and omitting the silly conceit that Jan resembles Hank’s late wife (which I’m sure she would find creepy and a little insulting). The best part is the mention of the specialized cell implant which explains the wings, without which someone called the Wasp would only melt in frustration.

Comments: Story based on TALES TO ASTONISH #27, 35, and 44, with brief references to the villains from #37, 38, 39, 42, & 43.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers Origins: Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hank Pym still has recurring nightmares of the murder of his wife Maria when they were on their honeymoon in Budapest….

He applies for additional funding for his experiments in shrinking matter but he is turned down as he has nothing to show for all his work. Outside he meets Janet Van Dyne, daughter of a noted scientist. She invites him to dinner but he declines, having work to do….

That night, he tests his new particles on himself, shrinking down to mere centimeters high. He flees a mouse out onto his lawn where he falls into an anthill and finds he can communicate with the ants in a rudimentary way. An ant takes him back to his lab where he enlarges both of them—and has to brush off Janet once again, hoping to keep the human-sized ant undercover….

Eventually he does date Janet while secretly devising a protective costume and a helmet that allows him to speak with ants. He shrinks again and heads for the anthill where he is able to converse with the ants—and when a hostile ant attacks, he learns he retains his full strength. Soon he is fighting crime as Ant-Man and he takes Janet out to celebrate his new hobby but declines to mention what it is, which upsets Janet. He mentions his late wife but that doesn’t make a difference….

Then Janet’s father is killed by something he unleashed and she wants to avenge his death; she turns out to already know he’s Ant-Man and he recruits her as the Wasp, after implanting specialized cells that enable her to grow wings and antennae when she shrinks. The giant monster is attacking the George Washington Bridge and Wasp takes the neutralizing agent Hank created and the enlarging serum and smashing them together over the monster’s head, causing the chemical rain to dissolve it. Back home the two share the losses of their lives and fall in love….

Stephanie Hans
Stephanie Hans
Stephanie Hans
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Hank Pym)

(Janet Van Dyne)

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