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Ant-Man stretches out his arms and is surrounded by “BEES” repeated in red text as he communes with bees in Ant-Man #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Zeb Wells, Dylan Burnett/Marvel Comics

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Ant-Man made a suit out of bees


Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

If you’ve ever wondered “Can Ant-Man communicate with other kinds of eusocial insects, like bees?” wonder no more. He can totally talk to bees.

To be fair, Ant-Man #1 might not have the most accurate portrayal of bees, but it does have a very fun one, in which the supervillain Swarm (a mad Nazi scientist who merged his consciousness with a swarm of bees that walks now pilots his skeleton like a fascist bone-bug mech) steals a bunch of hives of bees to make himself bigger. The bereft beekeepers call Scott Lang in to rescue their buzzing buddies and, well ... bee suit.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. If you missed last week, click here. Let’s get started!

Ant-Man #1

Ant-Man calls upon bees to become his armor. “Make nest of man yes,” the bees respond, “man idea good,” in Ant-Man #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Zeb Wells, Dylan Burnett/Marvel Comics




I love these bees.

The Dreaming #18

Rose Walker, granddaughter of Desire, recognizes that Dora is a dream that wants, and it is within her power to end her story in The Dreaming #18, DC Comics (2020). Image: Simon Spurrier, Marguerite Sauvage/DC Comics

The Dreaming is so fabulously good! I could say more but it would all be spoilers! If you’re a Sandman fan you need to read it!

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1

Reed Richards reveals that he secretly implanted a device in his son that masks his mutant gene and prevents him from using the Krakoan gates, in X-Men/Fantastic Four #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Chip Zdarsky, Terry Dodson/Marvel Comics

Reed and Sue Richards’ son Franklin is losing his mutant powers, so the X-Men showed up to offer him a place on Krakoa. Then Reed got mad that they thought he couldn’t fix his own son, things got increasingly heated and, well ... Reed’s never really been father of the year material. Chip Zdarsky and Terry Dodson’s miniseries is poking at some really meaty ideas about parenting inside all the mutant metaphor.

Daredevil #17

The mother of the petty criminal that Daredevil accidentally killed forgives him, because she can see he is punishing himself, in Daredevil #17, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Fornés/Marvel Comics

And speaking of Zdarsky, it’s hard to grab bits of his Daredevil for these posts for spoiler reasons, but it’s quite good and you should read it.

Marauders #7

“Goddess,” Calisto snarls as she casually throws a knife at Storm’s throat. “Morlock,” Storm intones as she catches it in midair. Then they hug, in Marauders #7, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

Marauders! Every issue I slap my knee like an old timey prospector and cackle “Doggone it they’ve done did it again!”

Black Cat #9

Black Cat throws an arm around Logan’s shoulder, displaying just how much taller she is than him, as she explains that she’s going to recover a painting he used to own, in Black Cat #9, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jed MacKay, Kris Anka/Marvel Comics

I’m a simple woman. You remind me that Wolverine is a short king, I put it in the roundup.


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