For pityâ€™s sake, will you all just leave Henry Jonathan Pym alone! He has been around for close on half a century now and he has never, ever had a fair shake from anyone. We all know and appreciate that Stanâ€™s winning formula was to put all of his heroes through an emotional mill, but Hank seems to be the dog that everyone likes to kick and Iâ€™m getting totally sick of it.
In his first published story, his wife gets killed, (be honest — did you even remember that Janet was his second wife? â€“ plus extra points for the first student who actually remembers her name) so right out of the box, he loses someone very dear to him. Then the powers that be decide that his grief should only last a few a few issues before he is expeditiously paired up again with a young millionairess. All right, I do realize that comic book time is not the same as ordinary time but does anybody else think that was a bit quick? I mean really, Peter Parker has been heartbroken about his uncle Ben since for what seems like centuries and nobody seems to object to his constant moping, but Hank was supposed to get over the death of a spouse in two short months!
This man was one of the pre-eminent scientists of the original Marvel universe who refined his patented growth formula so well it could turn him into two different superheroes plus he was one of the founder members of the planets pre-eminent superhero team, the Avengers. However, some people couldnâ€™t leave well enough alone. They had to throw some serious complexion into the mans life and when they started they didnâ€™t hold back.
So over time we had all these things happening to the guy : Hank trapped in his Goliath form -â€“ Hank creating Ultron who goes on to attack his crime fighting partners â€“ Hank contracting paranoid schizophrenia and becoming the obnoxious Yellowjacket â€“ Hank was then turned into a murderous caveman â€“ Hank being brainwashed by Ultron — Hank court marshalled by the Avengers â€“ Hank having his official status pulled by Gyrich — Hank losing his second wife through a divorce — Hank framed for grand larceny and ending up in prison because of Egghead — Hank having to watch Janet fall in love with Tony Stark â€“ Hank being dumped by his new love interest Tigra â€“ Hank is driven to the point of suicide — and of course lets not forget the capstone of all this abuse —- Hank captured by the Kree and a substitute is put in his place. (there are some more points for the student who lists the comics that all these terrible events took place in)
So now we come to this particular issue and what do they have Hank doing now — nothing much â€“ just organising an attack on the Fantastic Four. Itâ€™s totally ludicrous. Its just another chapter of using Hank as a plot point that the writers call in when they want to write a story where the hero is a bit morally ambiguous.
Well thatâ€™s it — Iâ€™m done with all this crap — I say enough of this debasement already —Â it has to stop. Would you please just stop pounding on this man. Absolutely nobody deserves this kind of sustained long-term punishment.
So I feel its now time for everyone who ever liked Hank to stand up and be counted and say I am a Pym Pusher, and I’m giving Mighty Avengers #25 2 Stars out of 5.