The Ant comic was published by a small independent company
Arcana Studio in March 2004. The creator
and artist Mario Gully has stated that the concept of Ant
was created while he was incarcerated in 1996 for attempted
armed robbery. Gully says that one day
he was looking through a barred cell window and a tiny ant
crawled in from the outside. He later vowed to change his
life and make something out of himself.
He then created "ANT".
Vol. 1 (Arcana Studios)
"Days like these" Published by Arcana Studios,
sold out in 9 days.The book later was on
eBay demanding as much as one-hundred dollars for a good
condition issue#1. There are 4 issues to
the first volume and then Ant was moved to Image Comics.
The original Arcana mini-series followed 8-year-old Hannah
Washington, a lonely young girl continually tormented and
bullied at school. Her father, apparently an accountant
- and later on blue-collar employee - by profession, is
made a suspect in an armed robbery and is taken into custody.
To escape the harsh realities of her life, she writes in
her diary stories of an alter-ego: an adult version of herself
who is a superhero known as Ant.
Hannah appears to know more about the world than she ought
to and often has the personality of an emotionally unstable
young adult, and her new principal takes interest in her
as a result.
She ends up unintentionally dropping her diary, and it
is read and returned by her friend Stephen, who later on
appears as "Gadget Man" in Ant's Cockroach battle,
the events of which we are allowed to follow whenever Hannah's
diary is read or written into.
Hannah's father was released from custody but eventually,
his home gets raided as the authorities apparently have
the evidence they need to put him away. Hannah is found
foaming at the mouth, having a seizure on the floor.
The son of the man he allegedly killed pushes for the death
penalty - which would normally be too severe a punishment,
but due to his influence, his demands are met and Hannah's
father is sentenced to death.
We then find Hannah's mother, Betty, working as a cabaret
dancer of sorts, had left many years ago and she makes an
unwelcome step back into Hannah's life, since Hannah's father
requested her to. However, after reading her diary Betty
comes to the conclusion that it was a mistake to leave.
Meanwhile, Ant is beaten by the cockroach and loses her
exoskeleton. Stephen rescues her and gives her a can which
recharges her blood-sugar and her exoskeleton grows back.
She then defeats the Cockroach.
Hannah finally manages to obtain information using Ant
to clear her father's name - it turns out that the murdered
man's son, and Betty's rich lover, was the actual culprit;
but he's shot dead by the police when he's about to kill
Betty who's just discovered his guilt. Hannah's happiness
at getting her parents together is short-lived though. When
told by the policewoman Inez that it is impossible for Ant
to have helped Hannah as she had said Ant was who she would
be in the future, she blacks out, and eventually ends up
awakening in a straitjacket confined possibly in a sanitarium
somewhat into her middle teens. The news of her revival
brings forth a visit from her mother, who is in bereavement
when informing Hannah of her father's apparent demise. This
piece of info shocks Hannah. She manages to escape, leaving
behind one of the cans she used to regenerate her exoskeleton
in her story, which leads on to the second volume.
 Vol. 2 (Image Comics)
"Reality Bites" published by Image Comics, The
new series featured some heavy hitters as Spawn and The
Savage Dragon to appear as co-stars in Ant. The first 3
issues sold out and the momentum of the
character and the popularity of the creator Mario Gully
grew. Some pivotal moments happened in
the book such as Ant losing her hand in a fight with the
villain Coldburn. Vol. 2 has 11 issues.
Issue 8 became infamous for a scene where a stripper removes
her underwear, exposing her buttcheeks. The creator later
apologized for the scene.
Mario Gully later moved from the Independent pool of comics
to go on and draw for Marvel Comics. He has drawn Marvel
Illustrated: Treasure Island adapted by legendary writer
Roy Thomas, Marvel Adventures Hulk, and Exiles to name a
An adult Hannah Washington wakes up in a mental institution,
where she's been told all her memories are the result of
a coping mechanism described as a "juvenile power fantasy."
But, little by little, her fantasies of her life as Ant
become more and more real.
 Vol. 3 (Big City Comics)
Ant: Unleashed is the third volume of the series, released
in 2008 by Big City Comics. This run focuses on a more
mature version of Ant. Six issues were scheduled but
only the first three were published as of May 2008, later
issues being cancelled without a resolution to the story.