Released: September 12th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: The Unstoppable Wasp 1-4, All-New All-Different Avengers #14
I’ll admit I had some pretty conflicted feelings when I saw the announcement that they were creating a new Wasp series. My first reaction was a joyous one – Janet’s back? And she’s getting her own series?! Fantastic! Then I found out it was actually about a young woman named Nadia. Not the wasp I knew and loved. Needless to say I was a bit confused (and maybe just a little bit disappointed), but I was still open to giving it a try.
Nadia Pym (yes, you read that right) is a bit of a mash up of a couple of different characters. She’s got the wasp suit and abilities, but she has a background more similar to Black Widow’s (as well as the fighting styles). She’s a brilliant scientist, and as such she spent much of her life a prisoner of the Red Room, where she was forced to learn and train for her captors. Their goal was to turn her into their perfect weapon (sound familiar?), but with more of a focus on intelligence as well.
Now you’re probably wondering how the heck that ties into Antman and the Wasp and everything like that. It turns out she’s Hank’s daughter (from his first marriage, not from Janet) and through sheer stubbornness she was able to break out and come back to her home. Unfortunately she never met her father, and she’s unlikely to ever get that chance now. Fortunately Janet is an awesome person and immediately takes her in (and arguably she’d be a better parent than Hank anyway). Between Janet and Jarvis (yes, I do mean Tony Stark’s Jarvis) Nadia suddenly has a somewhat functional family again.
Despite everything she’s been through, Nadia is actually an incredibly bubbly character. Nothing ever seems to really get her down, and she seems to think she can take on the world (and make it a better place at the same time). It’s hard not to respect that, even if she can occasionally get on people’s nerves.
There were so many cameos here, I’m not even sure I could safely say I’ve listed them all if I tried. Obviously there’s Janet and Jarvis, but there’s also Moon Girl (yay!) and Devil Dinosaur (also yay), most of the New Avengers team (from the All-New, All-Different Avengers series), Matt Murdock (he’s her immigration lawyer, for those that are curious), and many more I’ve no doubt forgotten.
A whole bunch of new characters are also introduced (obviously), most of them are girl geniuses too, which is pretty cool. Nadia is trying to set up a female run lab, called G.I.R.L. (much like S.H.I.E.L.D. I feel like they were trying too hard to fit that acronym). I’m not sure how big of a role this girls will play in the long run (most of them were introduced in just one issue), but I’m certainly interested to see where this whole thing leads.
I’m so happy I finally put aside some time to read this series (it had gotten little bit ahead of me, if I’m being honest). It’s a cute and light series, which is always a nice change. It’s also doesn’t go too far into the “cute and light” category, if you know what I mean. I hope this series continues for a while, or at least if it doesn’t it gets an actual ending.