Now that Marvel Studios’ latest mega-hit has been released, many people are starting to look up the Anti-Man character to jump into his panel-to-panel adventures. They will quickly discover that Ant-Man is actually one of the lesser used characters, probably because of its complicated power set that can come across somewhat gimmicky. Paul Rudd did an amazing job of making him a funny family man and in these top five Ant-Man comics you will notice that these are exactly the qualities that make him so likeable. We have gone through many of the most popular Ant-Man stories in existence to find our top five, though we have weighted it towards more recent stories since the classic Silver Age stories where he originally had a heyday are a little silly and not what more adult readers(or even kinds for that matter) will really get into.
5. FF Vol. 2
The second volume of FF from Mike Allred and Matt Fraction is one of the most bizarre and inventive books to ever come out of Marvel. Mike Allred’s cartoonish style works so well for this perspective, just as it does in the new Silver Surfer title, where high-Science Fiction concepts are made ridiculous and fun is put on top of logic. Scott Lang, one of the more notable people to take on the role as Anti-Man, is brought back from the dead and made the leader of Future Foundation as he works through his own feelings about losing Cassie. This is a great series, though not entirely focused on Ant-Man, to generally see him in the middle of a genre bending strange adventure, with a creative team that is so dynamite.
4. Alias #13-28
This is the most adult title on the list as it is Ant-Man’s regular appearance in the Marvel MAX series Alias from Brian Michael Bendis. Here he begins dating superhero-turned-private detective Jessica Jones, matching her characterization with a more three-dimensional view of Scott Lang. His involvement in the book ends in a tragedy that may or may not be what it seems, but it seems to continue the theme that whoever Ant-Man is, he is built for horrifying disaster.
This is the most recent incarnation of Ant-Man that released its first issue just a few months before the Ant-Man movie was released and just before Secret Wars made everything a little more complicated. With this in mind, these issues have been wonderful and probably the closest to the film version of Ant-Man as played by Paul Rudd. Focusing on Scott Lang’s family life, it begins as he is in a custody battle with his ex-wife and tries to get a private security job with Tony Stark. In the end, he chooses his daughter over his career, which lends to the modern image of Lang as a person who may be a professional train wreck but has a deep heart. This is going to be a top line series from Marvel, at least for a year or so, since they need it to help the film property along. This can have mixed results, but if you are enjoying the film version then this is a very safe bet.
Ant-Man: Scott Lang
2. Ant-Man: Scott Lang
If you want some classic Ant-Man stories then this collection is probably the best place to go to get a good overview as it selects out some of the most important Silver Age stories. Ant-Man has traditionally rarely took the reigns of his own book, so you see him in relation to the Avengers over the years. Whether he is fighting for his daughter, supporting Spider-Man, or turning to Iron Man for work, these are a great mix of fun stories from the 1960s. The collection says that it includes MARVEL PREMIERE #47-48, IRON MAN (1968) #131-133 and #151, AVENGERS (1963) #195-196 and #223, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #103, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #87, and material from AVENGERS (1963) #181 and IRON MAN (1968) #125.
1. The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1-12
This short series from Walking Dead and Invincible scribe Robert Kirkman is certainly the easy pick for the best Ant-Man series. This was produced in one of Kirkman’s runs over at Marvel before leaving the Big Two entirely to work on his creator-owned properties, and where he brought in Eric O’Grady as the new Ant-Man to replace both Hank Pym and Scott Lang. Here the superhero pretense is dropped as the former SHIELD agent uses the tools to get wealth and women, so to speak. This is a fun story that really shows how the Ant-Man is a mode that is defined by the person who uses the technology, and shows a lot about how shifting characters can decide whether or not a hero is really in the tech. <aside