Keeping up with Ant-Man will take you on a journey through Avengers history. Although he’s a founding Avenger, Ant-Man (Hank Pym) never had quite the same resonance as an Iron Man or Thor, meaning his solo series are few and far between.
Nonetheless, this makes the Ant-Man reading order experience pretty fun, as you dive through different eras of Marvel history, and see how Ant-Man has impacted the Avengers.
The below guide includes chronology for all versions of Ant-Man, or anyone using Pym Particles to alter their size for the greater good. As such, you’ll find Hank Pym, Scott Lang, Bill Foster, and even Eric O’Grady on the list.
Ant-Man Reading Order
I) Origins & Founding the Avengers
Issues: Tales to Astonish (1959) #27, #35 to #69
Hank Pym’s first appearance + Ant-Man is finally born. The Wasp first appears in issue #44.
Issues: Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp (2013) #1
Ant-Man and Wasp’s origins re-introduced (Better if read on Marvel Unlimited)
Issues: Ant-Man: Season One #1
2011 “Season One” look back at how Ant-Man began his career.
Issues: Avengers (1963) #1 to #15
Hank Pym and Wasp become founding members of the Avengers
Issues: Avengers (1963) #28
Hank Pym becomes Goliath. Changing identities left and right – this will become a theme throughout his career.
II) Ant-Man & Ultron
Issues: Avengers (1963) #54 to #55
Hank Pym accidently creates one of Marvel’s most notorious villans, Ultron.
Issues: Avengers (1963) #59 to #60
Enter the yellowjacket!
Issues: Marvel Feature (1971) #4 to #10
Not available on Marvel Unlimited, and not collected on Amazon. Single issues only, like a common collector!
Issues: Avengers (1963) 93
During the Kree/Skrull war, Ant-Man attempts to save Vision by entering his body. We’ve all been there.
III) The New Ant-Men: Scott Lang and co.
Issues: Avengers (1963) 181
Scott Lang’s first appearance as he’s introduced to the Avengers.
Issues: Collected Scott Lang: Marvel Premiere 47-48, Iron Man (1968) 131-133, 151, Avengers (1963) 195-196, 223, Marvel Team-Up 103,
Movie guide to better understand Scott Lang’s persona. The timeline jumps around slightly (for example I’d recommend you save Avengers #223 for the Trial of Yellow Jacket collection below), but this is a pretty good point to get acquanted with Scott Lang.
Issues: Black Goliath #1 to #5
As far as I can tell, Black Goliath has not been collected, and is not available on Marvel Unlimited. Nonetheless… Black Goliath!
Issues: Avengers (1963) #212 to #230
Hank Pym’s reputation gets a whole lot worse, as his place in Avengers history is forever altered.
IV) Ant-Man Enters the 2000’s
Issues: Avengers: Ultron Unlimited #19 to #22
Busiek and Perez take over Avengers in 1998 and build to this all-time great Ultron and Hank Pym story. Few modern Avengers arcs are as invested in the history of Hank Pym, The Wasp, Ultron and the whole wacky family!
Issues: Avengers Forever #1 to #12
Speaking of investments in Avengers History, Kurt Busiek’s Avengers Forever miniseries is a giant, dense love letter to the entire continuity of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. With Avengers plucked from time, Busiek chooses Hank Pym’s Yellow Jacket as one of the titles lead characters.
Issues: Alias #1 to #28
Alias is not an Ant-Man comic, but this excellent Jessica Jones does feature Scott Lang at his most human, and is worth a read! Lang appears around issue #13, but you’ll enjoy the series much more if you read it all.
Issues: Avengers (1998) #57 to #62
While Geoff Johns has worked wonders on properties like the Flash, JSA, and Green Lantern over at DC, his Avengers stint is not nearly so well regarded. Nonetheless, Johns puts plenty of focus on both Hank Pym and Scott Lang, including Avengers #62 which is very focused on Lang.
Issues: Ant-Man #1 to #4
If it wasn’t for its inclusion on marvel.com, this series would be almost invisible. No collected addition, not available on Marvle Unlimited, and yet during 2003 and 2004, apparently Ant-Man had his own solo series. If you can track it down, I’d love to hear your take!
Issues: Avengers Dissassembled (1998) 500 to 503
Hank Pym as Goliath, in the Disassembling of all Avengers.
V) Disassembled Fallout, Irredeemable Ant-Man, and Civil War
Issues: Young Avengers #1 to #12
Another “Not quite an Ant-Man story,” but one that features Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter, filling the heroic shoes of her father (and the Ant-Man legacy).
Issues: Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 to #6
Eric O’Grady debuts as Ant-Man, while Scott Lang seemingly out of the picture
Issues: Civil War #1 to #7
As one of the leading scientific minds on the side of Iron Man’s pro-registration heroes, Hank Pym plays a pivotal role in Civil War.
Issues: The Mighty Avengers (Ultron Initiative) #1 to #6
Ultron returns and Ares enlists Ant-Man’s help to take him down
Issues: Avengers: The Initiative #1 to #6
Hank Pym (as Yellow Jacket) works as an instructor for Iron Man’s 50 state Avengers Initiative.
Issues: Irredeemable Ant-Man #7 to #12
Issues: Mighty Avengers: Secret Invasion #15
If you’re not reading Secret Invasion as a whole, I’m just going to warn you now that one individual tie-in is going to feel like a kick in the kidneys. That said, reading the whole Secret Invasion is a big undertaking, and obviously much of it is outside the sphere of “Ant-Man.” Mighty Avengers #15 has the largest ramifications for Hank Pym.
VI) Secret Invasion Changes Everything For Ant-Man
Issues: Mighty Avengers – post Secret Invasion #20 to 36
Again, this will make a whole lot more sense if you’ve read Secret Invasion. Hank Pym’s post-Invasion adventures take the Mighty Avengers straight into Dark Reign and Siege.
Issues: Thunderbolts #128 to #143
Eric O’Grady joins the Thunderbolts during Norman Osborne’s Dark Reign. An appropriately morally ambigious team for the irredeemable Ant-Man.
Issues: Avengers Academy #1 to #39
Hank Pym leads a new generation of Avengers, beginning during the Heroic Age (2010)!
Issues: Ant Man & The Wasp #1 to #3
Eric O’Grady and Hank Pym join forces to save Bill Foster, the former Goliath. This miniseries can be read before Avengers Academy #7.
Issues: Avengers: Children’s Crusade #1 to #8
Again, not an Ant-Man solo story, but extremely relevant within Marvel continuity, and for the character of Ant-Man moving forward.
Issues: Secret Avengers #1 to #37
There’s a whole lot of Ant-Man going on in the pages of Secret Avengers, with both Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and some new additions to the Ant-legacy showing up.
VII) Marvel NOW! Ant-Man
Issues: FF (2012) 1 to 16
The F4 explore space, while Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Miss Thing are their substitues. As far as I’m concerned this si the best Scott Lang story. The series falls of the rails after Fraction leaves (around issue #12), but somehow even diminished still results in an Ant-Man vs. Docor Doom fist fight (so how bad can it really be?).
Issues: Daredevil #16
Ant-Man investigates Daredevil’s biology and mind!
Issues: Age of Ultron #1 to #8, #10A.I
in the #10A.I. epilogue, Mark Waid examines why Hank Pym is one of the great Marvel characters, despite his screw-ups. It’s a good read that will hit home harder with the full Age of Ultron read under your belt. Note that #10A.I. is available on Marvel Unlimited, but not in the collected trade.
Issues: Avengers A.I. #1 to #12
Underrated series following Age of Ultron in which Hank Pym leads a team of Artificial Intelligence heroes, including a reprogrammed Doom Bot
Issues: Ant-Man (2015) 1 to 5
Ant-Man’s 2015 series launched prior to the film.
Issues: Rage of Ultron Graphic Novel