Crossovers We Want To See: The Wasp and The Atom

Welcome to Crossovers We Want to See, a fairly self-explanatory recurring feature in which we pitch the meeting of a pair of characters or teams from different comic companies. Playing editor, we'll dream up writer and artist combinations and basic story points.

The Wasp and The Atom In Small But Mighty

Written by Jeff Lemire

Drawn by Tim Seeley

When it comes to shrinking superheroes the two titanic titans in that department on either side of the big two great divide have always been DC's The Atom and Marvel's Hank Pym (Pym's currently going by his dead ex-wife Janet Van Dyne's secret identity The Wasp in the pages of Avengers and his current mini-series with Ant-Man, the guy who stole his shrinking tech a few years back). Our story picks up after the current Ant-Man shrinks down to the microverse and gets himself into some trouble. He sends a distress signal out to the larger world which both Hank Pym and Ray Palmer receive while monitoring their domains. Both heroes respond to the call for help, only to mistake the other as the villain. A tiny fight in the microspace follows before the two scientists can explain to one another who they are and what they do. From there, they team up to find Ant-Man fighting a battalion of crazy monsters of all shapes and sizes, and finally rescue the captured hero before going their separate ways.

Characters with similar powers and mentalities just make the most sense when it comes to crossovers. Everyone wants to see if Flash or Quicksilver is faster or if Namor or Aquaman is the cooler kind of the seven seas. Wasp and Atom don't just have the same powers, they're both scientists with rocky-to-say-the-least relationships with their former ladies. It would be fascinating to see those personalities bounce off of one another. Jeff Lemire has been doing a hell of a job with the Atom back-up stories in Adventure Comics (#521 comes out today) and Seeley has been writing and drawing Ant-Man & Wasp (the second issue of which dropped today), so the two of them should be brought together to make comic book magic!


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