You would think that by writing for a comic book news site, that I would be up to date on cancellations. Sadly one series (that I would consider a personal favorite), just ended this week. Unstoppable Wasp starring Nadia Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym and hist first wife Maria Trovaya. She first debuted last year in a FCBD issue of Avengers and got her own series this past November. So this post is going to be celebrating the short lived series, and hopefully this will encourage you to pick up the trade when it releases.
I know that social media shouldn’t be a barometer for new characters (it’s usually positive or negative with no middle ground), but Nadia (for whatever reason) didn’t catch on like say Jane Foster with Thor or Khamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. It could that a large portion of the audience thought the idea of Hank Pym having a child before his marriage to Janet would only serve to smear his legacy even further? If those are anybodies reason as to why the didn’t read this comic, then you sir or madam are a fool.
The biggest credit goes to Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier, the team that made me fall in love with Nadia and the small world they started to build. I’m not going to lie to you, I wasn’t initially interested in this series until I learned that Elsa Charretier was going to be the main artist for the series. I would put Charretier’s art as a mix of silver age line work with modern style. Evoking the past yet not dwelling in it. In current comics where dark and depressing titles are hits, Unstoppable Wasps vibrant expressions, colors, and outlandish set pieces. Elsa Charretier was the perfect artists for Nadia Pym.
Normally I don’t pick up series with writers I’m not that familiar with, but over the course of eight issues Jeremy Whitley not only established how Nadia should be written in every appearance, but gave depth to a character who could have just been a fan girl in the vain of Ms. Marvel. He created a great supporting cast with the genius idea of G.I.R.L., which made Nadia have a bigger role than just being a superhero. I have a one year old niece and even though she’s way to young to read now, I’m glad I can add another comic that I can give to her and she can see herself in Nadia.
In closing I want to thank Marvel, Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier and the other great artists who worked on this series. I’m depressed that it’s going away, but knowing that Nadia will play a larger role in the Marvel Universe going forward and maybe Nadia will have another ongoing solo series down the road. So while Nadia Pym maybe gone, Nadia Van Dyne continues on. Please pick up the trade if any of this sparked your interest. Make Marvel know that Nadia still has fans that will read about her no matter where she is.