Synopsis for “The Porcupine!”
Streaking off on another adventure, Ant-Man points out to the Wasp the location of a local army ordinance plant. Inside the plant we meet Alex Gentry, a scientist who works for the ordinance plant. Having designed combat armor based on the quills of a porcupine, he has become frustrated with the lack of recognition and pay that he receives from the military for his inventions. Seeking fortune, he decides to use his porcupine armor to rob a new bank that is opening that has been boasting a burglar proof safe in the newspapers.
The next day, Ant-Man and Wasp (in their civilian guises of Henry Pym and Janet Van Dyne) visit the bank to see a demonstration of the bank vault. Pym notices that Janet is coming down with a cold and tries to talk her into going home, which she refuses. Just then, Gentry (in his combat armor and calling himself “The Porcupine”) arrives and uses his liquid cement quills to disarm the guards and then fills the room with sleeping gas. As Pym tries to drag Janet out of the sleeping gas, the Porcupine uses a built in acetylene torch to burn through the vault. While our two heroes seek refuge and fresh air in one of the bank’s offices, the Porcupine manages to steal the banks money and uses his jet pack to escape. Dawning their guises of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the two heroes find that they are too late. When the Wasp starts to get really dizzy, Ant-Man takes her home and confines her to a bed telling her not to leave it until she gets better.
Meanwhile, the Porcupine robs another bank, which allows Ant-Man’s spy-ants to track his movements. Learning that the Porcupine is hiding out at the military ordinance plant, Ant-Man travels there alone to confront his foe. Getting into Gentry’s lab, Ant-Man is easily taken down by the traps that the Porcupine had set up for him. Removing Ant-Man’s control helmet, the Porcupine leaves Ant-Man to drown in a filled bathtub while he commits another crime.
Worrying about Pym, Janet learns where Ant-Man had gone from the ants and resumes her guise of the Wasp to rescue him. The two devise a trap using one of the Porcupines own gimmicks: liquid cement.
Taking a bunch of containers of the compound and putting them in bags, the two heroes wait for the villain to return. When the Porcupine finally arrives, they have their ants squeeze the bags, shooting jets of liquid cement that coats the Porcupines quills with the glue, rendering his offensive capabilities useless. Finding himself overwhelmed by Ant-Man’s human sized strength the Porcupine manages to escape via his jet pack (which wasn’t effected by the glue.)
Taking the visibly distraught Wasp home (She was afraid that he would’ve drowned,) Ant-Man promises to have something for her when they get there, but what Janet figures might be a monetary gift of jewelery or a ring, turns out to be plain old cough medicine. “Henry Pym, I HATE you!”