Nadia Van Dyne’s Superheroic Birthday Party In The Unstoppable Wasp #7

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Janet van Dyne (the original Wasp) and Cassie Lang (Stinger/Stature of the Young Avengers and daughter of Ant-Man) have collaborated with Nadia’s friends to throw a big birthday party for her. Mockingbird, Tony Stark, Hercules, the Champions, the Young Avengers, and Nadia’s weird and wild extended family all show up to celebrate. Nadia reconnects with her loved ones, but she runs into a familiar face: the Winter Soldier. Can the Unstoppable Wasp overcome the trauma associated with this other Red Room survivor?

Unstoppable Wasp #7 cover by Stacey Lee
The Unstoppable Wasp #7 cover by Stacey Lee

Unstoppable Wasp #7 is a fun and light-hearted celebration of Nadia van Dyne and her friends and family in the Marvel Universe. The Unstoppable Wasp has been through some rough times recently, and it’s nice to see this usually-bubbly character have some fun.

It’s a slice-of-life issue that almost assaults you with how charming and cute it is. It’s definitely the kind of thing that isn’t for everyone, but I myself thoroughly enjoyed it–especially since it brought in underused characters like the Young Avengers.

The most drama and conflict the comic has is Nadia and Shay’s awkward run-in with the Winter Soldier, and even that is resolved before long.

The comic has a lot of fun with the strange familial relations that Nadia has with characters like Jocasta, Viv Vision, Wiccan, and Speed, but it does so in an endearing way that celebrates how strange families can be.

The Unstoppable Wasp #7 art by Alti Firmansyah, Espen Grundetjern, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
The Unstoppable Wasp #7 art by Alti Firmansyah, Espen Grundetjern, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Alti Firmansyah is the artist, and the style very expressive, cartoonish, and fun. The eyes are huge with, characters like Hercules and the Winter Soldier are made to look softer and friendly, and there’s an underlying manga/anime inspiration to it that suits the comic well. Espen Grundetjern’s color art insures that each page explodes with color and life.

Unstoppable Wasp #7 is another charming and delightful issue of Nadia van Dyne’s series. We get to see Nadia’s birthday party and all the various relationships she has with other Marvel heroes. As a result, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Unstoppable Wasp #7 comes to us from writer Jeremy Whitley, artist Alti Firmansyah, color artist Espen Grundetjern, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Stacey Lee, and variant cover artist Maxx Lim.

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