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Abandoned Love: Pretty Short-Lived Tribute to Your Dead Ex-Wife…

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at how Hank Pym decided to go back to being called Giant-Man instead of continuing to honor his dead ex-wife’s codename by going by the Wasp…

After the Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) was seemingly killed during Secret Invasion, Hank Pym decided to take on her codename in honor of her (in a one-shot by Dan Slott and Khoi Pham)…



A couple of years later, Hank helped form Avengers Academy (written by Christos Gage). However, word came down from on high that Hank had to become Giant-Man again (presumably because he is Giant-Man on Marvel’s Super Hero Squad TV series), so how would Gage explain the 180 by Hank?

Gage first set things up in Avengers Academy #5 (drawn by Jorge Molina), when Whirlwind (who was obsessed with Jan while she was alive) blames Hank for her death…


His words cut Hank to the core, and two issues later (drawn by Tom Raney), Hank explains the change to Tigra…



Later in the issue, when the Absorbing Man escapes, Hank debuts his new/old look…




There you have it!

If YOU have a suggestion for an instance where a new writer dropped the plot of the previous writer, let me know by e-mail at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!