Marvel Premiere #48
Published and © by Marvel, May 1979
Title: “The Price of a Heart!”
Synopsis: In order to save his daughter, the new Ant-Man must first escape the clutches of evil industrialist Darren Cross.
Writer: David Michelinie
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Bob Layton
Review: Much as with the new Ant-Man’s debut (see review), this issue offers solid superheroics. Scott Lang, the new Ant-Man, continues to learn his new role while his daughter’s health woes provide the story with a ticking clock. Darren Cross is a palpably wicked villain; his wanton abuse of power and privilege reads even more relevant today. But the story’s conclusion – which involves Yellowjacket and speaks to the question of Ant-Man’s future – stretches credulity. On the art side of things, John Byrne is one of the best superhero artists of any era, and Bob Layton is an excellent match on inks.
Cool factor: The Scott Lang character has some potential.
Not-so-cool factor: Would you leave invaluable size-changing technology in the care of a known felon? Really?
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 12p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.
Character quotable: “Why should I use a derelict’s heart – when I can have that of a strong and irritatingly clever superhero instead … ?” – Darren Cross, entitled
Editor’s note: This review was written Feb. 17, 2023.