A beetle is exposed to radioactive material increasing his intelligence and granting him the ability to communicate with other insects. All the tools required to overthrow the Human race ... unless Ant-man can stop him!
Ant-Man has consistently battled with some of the worst villains ever and this issue is no exception. It's also pretty amazing that Peter Parker has had more character development in two issues than Henry Pym has had in five.
And, to think, that Scarlet Beetle went on to be a clone of Spider-Man. And, even got his own title in the '90s!
On the serious side, I actually kind of *like* the idea of a character like Ant-Man fighting giant bugs. Maybe, not a radioactive beetle with the brain of a human...somehow.
I see other readers big gripe seems to be the lack of character development. It's a fair point, but eventually we do get some backstory and character development from Pym. It just comes in small doses over several decades.
I'm sorry, but this story was awesome. I'm reading all these Ant-Man stories for the first time, and this one is clearly the best. Just a fun, old time sci-fi story with a giant bug, a variety of insects attacking humans, and Ant-Man not taking the easy way out by just crushing the beetle at the end. I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed this character just because of how different he is in these stories from the other Marvel heroes introduced so far. His stories have been the most fun, and honestly, he's been more enjoyable so far than Thor and the Hulk. I'm gonna be a little bummed out when the shrinking stories end and he starts becoming Giant Man.
I really like the idea of Ant-Man fighting a super-intelligent insect, as well as the concept of him leading normal insects into battle against normal bugs. So yeah, this issue worked for me. Oh, and bonus points for the fact that Henry doesn't kill the beetle.
I know comics are all about 'not-killing' your enemy... but really any person in the world would have stepped on the beetle after shrinking him down and making him a bug again.
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