Well, considering that new books are coming out tomorrow, if you HAVEN’T read Mighty Avengers #30 yet, and don’t want to be spoiled, just move along, nothing to see here.
Seriously, nothing to see here. Just keep reading. We’ll wait.
Okay, ready to have some high-falutin’ comics discussion? Then SPOILERS ON and read away…
While the Mighty Avengers may be seen as a hearkening back to the old-school Avengers lineup, writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage gave Hank Pym — physicist, former Yellowjacket, one-time domestic abuser, current leader of the “real” Avengers — another bit of an upgrade:
That’s right — the yin to Brother Voodoo’s yang, the Scientist Supreme. It was an interesting thought — and Slott and Gage try to explain why some others weren’t chosen over him — but I’m curious what other scientists in the Marvel Universe would say about that. That said, I don’t really have a horse in the race, but let’s take a look at some of the supremeyist scientists that could vie for the position:
Hank Pym – Wasp: Creator of the Pym Particles, which allow him to grow or shrink to as-yet-undetermined levels. This alone breaks the known laws of physics, as in just this last issue, he outgrew physical reality to meet Eternity himself. Yet Hank also was the creator of Ultron, one of the most advanced cybernetic systems in the galaxy (considering Ultron nearly took it over in Annihilation).
Reed Richards – Mr. Fantatic: Described by Slott and Gage as “the Explorer,” Reed has broken into parallel universes, stemming from (at least as Grant Morrison described it in his miniseries 1234) the fact that he can stretch his synapses to induce creative scientific thought. Indeed, under Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four run, Reed managed to bring Ben Grimm back from the dead.
Tony Stark – Iron Man: Slott and Gage call Tony “the Engineer,” and I suppose that makes sense. As the world’s premiere futurist, Tony’s always on the prowl for the next big device — whether it’s a smartphone that’ll kill the Blackberry, or making redesigns on his Iron Man armor. That said, he’s always been willing to take a page from someone else’s playbook, such as injecting himself with Extremis.
Bruce Banner – The Incredible Hulk: This one might be a bit of a long shot, as Banner has always been so wrapped up in his own issues — including containing the nigh-limitless rage of the Hulk — to really bring his game to the next level. But this is also the man who helped harness the gamma bomb… even if it had irreparable reprecussions on his own life.
Victor Von Doom – Dr. Doom: On the one hand, Doom is always under the shadow of Reed Richards, having not only been defeated by Reed numerous times, but even by having his face scarred when he failed to listen to Richards’ mathematical kung fu. Yet at the same time, Doom is a self-made scientist who has dabbled both in cosmic power and the occult — indeed, this guy could take on Celestials if he wanted.
Kang the Conqueror: Kang has bounced around the Marvel Universe for so long, that he almost a defacto Lord of Time. He has always worked in mysterious ways, with his technology being so advanced we might as well call it magic. Whether it’s his Growing Man technology, his subtle mind-control, or the insights he has gleaned from the future to the Stone Age, Kang should at least be in the running.
Newsarama readers, what say you in all this? Is there a scientist I’m missing? Does Hank stand above the rest? Let us hear it!