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.
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."