Thursday, January 15, 2009

Forget Spiderman, Obama meets Ant-Man!!

Andy Diggle, the new Thunderbolts writer, tweets:
Barack Obama also appears in next week's THUNDERBOLTS #128... but we couldn't mention it in the solicits, so no sales bu mp for us. Ahh well.
The solicitation for the issue says:
From the ashes of Secret Invasion, an all-new era for the Thunderbolts erupts, with repercussions felt right across the Marvel Universe! Yelena Belova (a.k.a. Black Widow II) leads the irredeemable Ant-Man and the sinister Ghost in a daring mission to take down the U.S. President aboard Air Force One! But even as Norman Osborn tightens his grip on power, he must battle toe-to-toe against his deadliest foe: the Green Goblin! Wait, what...? Be there as writer Andy Diggle (The Losers) and artist Roberto De La Torre (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) flip everyone’s favorite team of villains upside down!
Set to drop the day after the inauguration.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The "Awesomely Inappropriate " Ant-Man

Marvel.com has posted an interview with Christos Gage who is now the only writer left on Avengers: Initiative. Here's some kind words for our favorite dirt-bag with a super suit:
"I will definitely miss writing Ant-Man. He says and does the most awesomely inappropriate things! But I know what [THUNDERBOLTS writer] Andy Diggle has planned for him and it's very cool, so he's leaving with my wholehearted blessing. I love it when that happens—Marvel has so many great characters, it's very gratifying to see them get the attention they deserve, and I feel privileged to have a forum to do that!"

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pym Particle Curse?

Comic Book Resources conducted a sort of "exit interview" with Avengers: Initiative writer Dan Slott. Much like the Irredeemable Ant-Man himself, Avengers: Initiative #20 is the last issue for Dan Slott. Here, Dan talks about how much fun he had writing Ant-Man and how he felt a responsibility to protect Ant-Man from being "Bill-Fostered."
Some of the lesser known or more “cult” established characters that popped up in “The Initiative” surprised Slott with how fun they were to write. “I originally took the new Ant-Man, Eric O'Grady, into the book as a favor to [Robert] Kirkman. He was afraid that if his character was laying around with no one to look after him, someone would ‘Bill-Foster’ him. If some kill-happy-creator needed a death in their book they might pop off Eric O'Grady. So he asked me to take him in like a lifeboat and I said, 'Sure but you do realize that we're a book that keeps killing people all the time?'” Slott explained. “I promised to keep him safe though and the minute I started playing with him I was like what a fun character! I loved every scene that we put Eric O'Grady in. He was so great.”
The deaths Scott Lang, Goliath, the Wasp are notable not just because they all of these character's powers relied on Pym particles but because they seem to be some of the more immutable deaths in Marvel continuity.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ant-Man vs. Deadpool!!

Yesterday I speculated. Today I have some evidence. This just popped up on Thunderbolts writer Andy Diggle's twitter feed:

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Inexplicable Ant-Man

The Irredeemable Ant-Man's most recent appearance was in Avengers: The Initiative #19 which dealt with the last of the Skrull sleeper agents that had infiltrated the ranks of the 50 State Initiative.

O'Grady only makes a two-panel cameo in the issue and his only line seems to be a bit out of character. Faced with an oncoming horde of enraged citizens and potential skrulls Ant-Man barks at 3D-Man in an all-too-authoritative fashion. Wouldn't Eric just shrink down and run away as he does in every other situation?
At first I thought maybe he was a skrull impostor too. But I guess he was just out of Pym particles or something...

Diggle has fun with Ant-Man

Last week the guys at Newsarama.com got did a Q&A with Andy Diggle, the new Thunderbolts writer, and asked if Diggle has any favorites.

NRAMA: OK, then which new team member has been the most fun to write?
AD: Of the new guys, it has to be Eric O'Grady, a.k.a. Ant-Man. Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester created such a great character there; even when he's being such an unbelievably self-serving little sleazebag, somehow you still can't help but root for the guy. Plus he's funny as hell. Fans of The Losers will know what I mean when I say he's the Jensen of the team.
Let's hope that means a lot of attention to our pym particle powered protagonist. Also, I can't help but speculate what will happen when Eric O'Grady crosses paths with Wade Wilson in the upcoming Thunderbolts/Deadpool crossover arc.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ant-Man goes Bananas!

According to the new Marvel solicitations the irredeemable Ant-Man will be making a cameo in the new Marvel Apes one-shot featuring the ape-universe's version of Speedball.

MARVEL APES: SPEEDBALL SPECIAL
Written by KARL KESEL
Penciled by RAMON BACHS
Cover by JOHN WATSON
Bouncing out of the pages of the hit MARVEL APES mini-series-- it's the masked (monkey) marvel SPEEDBALL! Branded a traitor to the entire Ape Universe, the simian superhero is now exiled, alienated, and alone on a bizarre Planet of Humans! Can this monkey make it in Man's World? It won't be easy when he has to take down the Red Ghost and his Super Apes, put up with the irredeemable Ant-Man...and come face-to-face with the parents of the human Speedball! PLUS: a super-strong gorilla in a Mexican wrestling mask? It can't be Speedball's best friend, APE X...can it? It's a super-simian smackdown in the Mighty Marvel Monkey Manner, and more furry fun than humans should be allowed to have-- just ask any ape!
48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ ...$3.99