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Monday, August 09, 2010 

Ant-Man and the male Wasp

Comic Book Resources has a tedious interview with the writer of a miniseries that features Hank Pym, now taking up the role held by his own onetime wife (!) who was killed in the Secret Invasion crossover, and the new protagonist named Eric O'Grady who's taking up his and Scott Lang's own prior Ant-Man role. About O'Grady, they say:
Like Lang, the third and latest Ant-Man, Eric O'Grady, began his heroic career through thievery. Pym had no respect for O'Grady's methods or motives though because he took Pym's redesign of the Ant-Man costume in order to become a "hero" for selfish and amoral reasons. Eventually, the consequences of O'Grady's behavior came back to haunt him in several painful and frightening ways, so he's made an effort to try to be a better man. In his quest to do so, the current Ant Man joined The Initiative and was later selected for the Thunderbolts program.
Wow, I'm sure I won't want to know what those consequences were. Under Brian Bendis, they can only be truly awful. And no wonder the O'Grady character joined the Thunderbolts; the direction they took, quite the opposite from Scott Lang's motivations, is pretty poor.
Pym recently took up the mantle of the Wasp in order to honor the memory of his late wife and is currently an instructor at "Avengers Academy."
He may be trying to honor his wife, who's still buried, a victim of awful writing, but he's actually made himself look more like a joke! It's not that simple for a man to take up a woman's role. And under the kind of people in charge today, it can only come off as insulting.

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