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The Unstoppable Wasp #1 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Everybody Loves Nadia
Written By: Jeremy Whitley
Art By: Elsa Charretier, Megan Wilson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 4, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
So when the new Wasp showed up, I didn’t really know what to
think of her. She was the long lost daughter of Henry Pym and she certainly
seemed capable but I just didn’t really know what to think. Then we got that
issue of All-New, All-Different Avengers that dove into Nadia’s character and
who she really was. Seeing that issue really brought me around on her and now
she has her own comic. I’m excited to see what they do with it. We’ve established
Nadia as this very capable and strong female character but one that is still
young and wide eyed about the world. Let’s stop gushing about this book and
instead just jump right into it.
Our issue begins with Nadia spending time with Ms. Marvel. Ms.
Marvel was supposed to help Nadia take care of her citizenship papers but they
got sidetracked by a bit of shopping. Nadia entered into a bakery in Ms. Marvel’s
neighborhood and Nadia had to try as many of the treats as she could. After
making friends with the baker and purchasing her food, she and Ms. Marvel go to
the citizenship office and begin the long process of waiting. Luckily for
Nadia, she is able to pass the time with the people in the waiting room by
sharing her large stack of treats that she bought at the bakery. She is called
in to the office and the woman behind the desk asks her about her lack of
information. Nadia tells her that she doesn’t have much information on her due
to her past.
This is where we learn Nadia’s backstory for those that are
unaware of it. She is the daughter of Henry Pym and Maria Pym who was a woman
from Hungary. Unfortunately, some men came and took Maria away from Henry but
she was pregnant with Nadia. Maria died in childbirth but Nadia lived and was
raised in the Red Room but after finding the secret to Pym Particles she was
able to escape. Nadia’s story touches the woman at the office deeply and their
meeting is unfortunately interrupted by superhero shenanigans. Outside a woman
in a giant robot suit is walking around town while dealing with attacks from
Mockinbird isn’t able to defeat the robot herself but thanks
to Nadia and Ms. Marvel being in the area, they are able to finally topple the robot
and stop the woman inside. Unfortunately, the villain has a belt that is able
to teleport her away to a preset location and she is able to get away. However,
the women celebrate their victory with smoothies. While at the restaurant
enjoying their smoothies Nadia learns that Mockingbird’s real name is Barbara
Morse. Turns out that Nadia’s hero back when she was in the Red Room was
Barbara Morse because she was a strong female scientist who went on lots of
adventures. Her tale moves Bobbi to tears as she has never really been seen as
a role model or anything.
Bobbi give Nadia a ride back to her home and the two
continue their discussions on science and Bobbi’s adventures. During our time
at Nadia’s home, Bobbi brings up the S.H.I.E.L.D. list of the smartest people on
the planet and that there still is a lack of female names on that list.
Recently a young female called Moon Girl found herself at the top of the list
and Bobbi tells Nadia that she gives her hope that more women are going to be
able to break onto that list. Our issue ends with Nadia gathering all her
supplies and getting to work before making a sign for the Genius In-action
Research Lab or G.I.R.L. for short this is where the issue leaves us.
I have to say that I absolutely love this issue. The book
gives me a history of Nadia and then immediately makes me like her as a
character. She is fun, kind, and people just gravitate towards her. In
addition, she is incredibly intelligent and is one hell of a fighter. Couple
that with the art in this book and you have a real winner. In fact, I have only
really one big complaint about this book and that is the ending. While I think
it is a strong message to send to young women about their ability to be just as
smart as men, I think it’s a bit heavy handed. By reading the book, I already
got the sense that Nadia was a strong and intelligent young woman and she sets
that example just by being herself. It’s the “show me, don’t tell me” argument.
However, that is a small nitpick and one that probably doesn’t even matter that
much. I love this book and I can’t wait for more.
Bits and Pieces
This book is an incredible way to start a series and I can’t
wait to see more of this story and more of Nadia Pym. This issue is smart and
immediately gets the audience to like our new Wasp. Frankly, I’ve never been
familiar with the old Wasp and I didn’t know much about this new one going into
the book but I’m all in now with this series and I can’t wait for more.