Eric O’Grady is one of the most fascinating and funny characters in comics right now. This is proved on the very first page as sees all the most important moments in his life and they are: black nothing, his mother above his crib, getting a girl’s bra off, looking at himself in the mirror, cracking Hank Pym in the face with a rifle stock, and then being in this situation with The Wasp right now. He’s a narcissistic and self-obsessed chauvinist who you can’t help but love anyway. And it’s great to see Tim Seeley write him equally as good as creator Robert Kirkman ever did.
This issue picks up on the original odd couple of the Marvel U working their way towards an A.I.M. base to recover something stolen from Pym. On their way through the mindscape, a psychedelic realm of fantasy and zaniness, both characters are cloaked in their subconscious thoughts. Pym is covered in equations and guilt, O’Grady only has lips and boobs. It’s a wonderful moment that might not propel the story but in three panels offers both characters on a platter. This is how comics should be created, streamlined and deeper than you think.
It seems that A.I.M. is working to sell the iHeaven Pym had created to house Bill Foster’s soul. This set up is simple and offers fun asides but mostly this comic is about the interaction of these characters. Pym and O’Grady go together like gravy and milk on a hot day and watching them combust slowly is a true treat. Seeley is having fun with the dialogue and eliciting laughs at many opportunities. He gets that this comic is supposed to be fun and I haven’t found anything to be this flat out fun in quite some time. Seeley doesn’t miss a beat.
It’s a testament to the whole comic that I don’t know if I want to see it end with a happy resolution for Pym’s iHeaven or if I just want Pym and O’Grady to hug it out. This series appears to operate between the raindrops of continuity, though there are hints at time if you absolutely must know when, and it’s no guarantee that the characters will be irrevocably changed by the end. However, it’s not all about progression, it’s about fun. This is easily going to go down as another classic chapter in the life of Eric O’Grady. As for the life of Hank Pym, well, at least he’s doing his best to be a hero here. And sometimes a hero sucker-punches the second-rate imitation he’s been saddled with.
I never really knew Tim Seeley would have such a great looking Marvel comic in him. It is almost enough to make you wish he’d pick up the pencil for an ongoing title in the universe, were it not for the fact his writing is pretty much spot on in every page. He makes the science come alive on the page and that’s always a very cool thing to have. There’s a kid’s cartoon pace to the action that makes you smile no matter what is happening. He also draws O’Grady exactly as I want to see him, sideburns and all.
If you haven’t picked up the first two issues of this three part mini then you’re missing out on one of the most fun adventures of the year. It’s funny, it’s kooky, it’s awesome, and it’s a must read. You don’t need to know much about the characters, everything is right here on these pages. If there were independent spirit awards in comics I’d want a whole stack of them to give to this comic. It’s comics just like Ma used to make, so sit down, shut up, and finish it all or no dessert.