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Subj: Re: Several Hank Pym Questions
Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 06:21:51 am EDT
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 at 01:24:22 am EDT

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I was reading an essay over at Comics101, and it led me to wonder several things...

1. If Hank could give Janet Van Dyne wings and antennae and bioblasts with almost no preparation, how come he never did the same for himself back when he was Ant-Man? Or, y'know, ever? Here he gave her the ability to fly, shoot energy blasts, and communicate with insects, and yet he never bothered to do it for himself, relying instead on flying ants for transportation and all that. Silly Hank. Anyone got an answer as to why he never took advantage of his own genius in that fashion?
(My theory: Jan had latent powers after all, and his treatments activated them, and they failed when he tried on himself.)

2. Whatever happened to Rover, that nifty little vehicle he was sporting during his days as Henry Pym, Scientific Adventurer?
(My theory: he shrunk it, and lost it in his sock drawer. Ooops!)



> I was reading an essay over at Comics101, and it led me to wonder several things...
>
> 1. If Hank could give Janet Van Dyne wings and antennae and bioblasts with almost no preparation, how come he never did the same for himself back when he was Ant-Man? Or, y'know, ever? Here he gave her the ability to fly, shoot energy blasts, and communicate with insects, and yet he never bothered to do it for himself, relying instead on flying ants for transportation and all that. Silly Hank. Anyone got an answer as to why he never took advantage of his own genius in that fashion?
> (My theory: Jan had latent powers after all, and his treatments activated them, and they failed when he tried on himself.)
>
I always assumed that was an indication of Hank's poor self-esteem. I mean, ostensibly he made himself Giant-Man to be able to keep up with Thor and Iron Man, but (and obviously this is looking at it all with today's sensibilities) a smart guy like Hank would know that being giant-sized, while visually more spectacular, is not the most efficient use of his genius. I think it's very telling that his two most effective heroic identities were Yellowjacket, whom he created when his temporary nuttiness over-rode his low self-esteem....and Dr Pym in West Coast Avengers, when he'd finally put his demons to rest.

Everything else he's done has always been tinged by the idea that he just doesn't think he's good enough, and so I think he constantly subconsciously sabotages himself so that he has a reason to keep believing that. Why *doesn't* he just stay ant-sized all the time with a powerful suit of armor, some bio-stings, natural flight and a city full of advanced weaponry on him at all times? Because his low self-image won't let him be that effective....

All my opinion anyway..



> 2. Whatever happened to Rover, that nifty little vehicle he was sporting during his days as Henry Pym, Scientific Adventurer?
> (My theory: he shrunk it, and lost it in his sock drawer. Ooops!)
>
>
That's cute...I remember a back-up story in one of the WCA annuals where the whole team were going nuts looking for some superpowerful explosive weapon that Hank had shrunk and lost, and Wonder Man ended up accidentally eating it..hehe.. \=\)



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