An Outpouring Of Charm And Sincerity: The Unstoppable Wasp #1 Reviewed
by Josh Davison
[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Nadia van Dyne is back, and she’s taking driving tests with Jarvis. However, a resurgent group of A.I.M soldiers attacks and attempts to rob a research facility armed with a tank and a new super-suit wearing lieutenant named Seeker. Janet tells Nadia about this attack, and the Unstoppable Wasp and the Agents of G.I.R.L mobilize to stop the attack. Meanwhile, Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, and Alexis Miranda seek investors for an expo where G.I.R.L hopes to get more intelligent and creative recruits.
The Unstoppable Wasp #1 returns to the scene without missing a beat, and the story reads like Nadia and G.I.R.L never left.
Nadia van Dyne is an insanely endearing and lovable character, so having her series back, if at least for a little while, is exciting. She has a great supporting cast in Janet, Jarvis, and the Agents of G.I.R.L.
As far as first threats go, A.I.M, Monica Rappaccini, and a new supervillain in the Seeker make for a stacked opposition to Wasp and G.I.R.L.
The protagonists are all fast-talking and charismatic, so there are plenty of solid one-liners and jokes passed throughout the book. The characters have really good chemistry too, pairing having their own unique interactions and attitudes towards one another.
Gurihiru’s artwork is heavily inspired by the general style of anime and manga, and it suits Nadia and her allies well. It evokes a youthful atmosphere and energy, and the visual design of the gadgets and suits fit the technological semi-futurist vibe of Nadia’s world. The Wasp’s suit looks great in this particular style, too. Gurihiru’s color work especially vibrant and bright too, adding even more visual energy to this book. It’s balanced well by the darker colors of Wasp and Seeker’s suits, so it doesn’t feel oversaturated.
The Unstoppable Wasp #1 marks a welcome return for the Nadia van Dyne solo book as well as G.I.R.L. The pacing is quick, the threat is interesting, and the characters are lovable. This one earns a recommendation, and I suggest checking it out.
The Unstoppable Wasp #1 comes to us from writer Jeremy Whitley, artist and cover artist Gurihiru, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, and variant cover artists Yasmine Putri and Ben Caldwell.