Unstoppable Wasp #2
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Cover Artist: Stacey Lee
Variant Cover Artists: Luciano Vecchio
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao
Previously in Unstoppable Wasp…
Nadia Van Dyne tried to thwart a robbery by AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics), encountering Amber, another brilliant young scientist when she was recruiting Priya, Amber now working for AIM under the guise of Seeker. Seeker escapes, but not before revealing that AIM is planning for Hank Pym (Nadia’s father and original Ant-Man)’s return, and eludes to Pym’s status as being merged with Ultron. This leaves Nadia more lost and confused than ever, just as she discovers the Genius In Action Research Labs (G.I.R.L. for short)’s first expo is only two weeks away, and Nadia hasn’t invented anything for it!!
Summary with limited spoilers
The comic opens with a groggy Nadia waking up as her first friend and fellow Red Room-escapee Ying is sparring with Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird and G.I.R.L science advisor) as she tries to figure out how to get Pym particles to help with fighting cancerous cells in the human body. Ying has a breakthrough as Nadia joins them, and Bobbi offers to help Nadia as well. However just as Nadia is about to open up about her worries regarding what Seeker told her, Nadia’s phone starts ringing, as the Champions call her in to help with reanimated bull-statue rampaging around Durham, North Carolina. As Nadia, alongside Viv Vision and Ironheart try to stop the bull, Nadia unintentionally drives the bull into a china shop. The comic then cuts to Nadia in the hospital, recovering from the many cuts and scrapes sustained in the fight. Nadia mentions feeling oddly depressed, before returning to G.I.R.L labs, and two hours later, Janet Van Dyne (original Wasp and Nadia’s surrogate mother) finds Nadia nearly passed out in her room. Nadia’s forgotten about their date. So the two head out for a night on the town, hitting a fancy French restaurant before a giant blob-monster attack a nearby building. After its rampage is thwarted by the two Wasps and a brief visit to get new clothes free of slime, Nadia and Janet meet up with Bobbi and Ying, as they take in a wrestling match featuring Poundcakes & Letha, two former criminals Nadia and Janet encountered in the last Unstoppable Wasp series, who’ve now turned over a new leaf and are working as security for G.I.R.L. After a fun tag-team match featuring the two, they meet up with Nadia, Janet, Ying and Bobbi for more fun on the town. But it’ll have to wait because something’s happened at G.I.R.L!!
Opinions on story and art
This was another OUTSTANDING issue, full of heart & charm! Carrying on from the first issue, Jeremy Whitley, Gurihuri & Joe Carmagna deliver an equally entertaining entry. The issue continues to focus on Nadia’s building doubts while subtly showing Nadia being more tired and withdrawn than before. The comic continues to show Nadia attempt to reach out for help over what Seeker told her, but constantly being cut off. It’s tragic and well-executed. This is all done while containing plenty of laughs throughout, as the dialogue and art just ooze charisma. From Nadia’s adorable bunny-slippers to Ying’s delight in discovering a solution for her problem to the pair’s excited play-by-play of Poundcakes and Letha’s wrestling match, it’s all so endearing! I particularly enjoyed Nadia & Viv’s discussion in the hospital, with Nadia eventually choosing to accept Viv’s offer of help. And the development for Ying here and her relationship with Bobbi is excellent, seeing the two work out Ying’s dilemma in the opening while sparring fits both characters quite well, and the later sequence of Ying confessing her sadness over not having a family of her own (she never knew who her parents were) to Bobbi is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Jeremy Whitley manages to take full advantage of these pre-existing characters like Janet & Bobbi, to both flesh out the newer characters like Nadia & Ying while growing the classic Marvel heroines at the same time. Gurihiru’s art continues to be an absolutely perfect fit for the dialogue & story Whitley crafts, allowing for characters to look cute & dynamic throughout the issue. And there are numerous great visual gags scattered throughout the comic, such as the slogans Janet put on t-shirts she made all of her friends for their night out. And Joe Carmagna’s lettering is superb, such as the wonderful sound-effects made while Nadia tries to wrangle the bull in the china shop. All of this comes together to form an incredibly enjoyable reading experience.