Thoughts on Unstoppable Wasp #3

Unstoppable Wasp #3

Nadia Pym continues to recruit members for her new science organization, G.I.R.L., in Unstoppable Wasp #3.  There may or may not also be giant raccoons and red dinosaurs.

Unstoppable Wasp #3

Unstoppable Wasp #3 CoverWriter: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Colorist: Megan Wilson

Cover Price: $3.99
Story Pages: 20

Release Date: March 1, 2017

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Collected in: Unstoppable Wasp v1: Unstoppable

EVIL SCIENTISTS! MAN-EATING GIANT RATS! A BIG RED T-REX? Nadia’s quest to create a super-science lab full of girl geniuses is hitting a lot of bumps in the road. And now The Red Room is after her and they’ll stop at nothing to get her back. Nothing is too low! The title says she’s unstoppable, but can even Nadia recruit a science lab when she is caught between an evil science organization and a super villain? Guest-starring: Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur and with a special appearance by the original Wasp – Janet Van Dyne!

We are now three issues into Unstoppable Wasp, and somehow it remains near the top of my buy pile each time.  When issue one came out I was skeptical, to say the least, but within 20 pages I was won over.  I am still not convinced that we needed a new Wasp, but I am sure that I need this comic.  There is an energy and optimism in every page of this book which makes it a joy to read, and although I think Unstoppable Wasp #3 had some hiccups that the previous issues managed to avoid, it remains a strong book this month.

Last issue saw Nadia going face to face with one of her old friends from the red room, and although there is some mileage in that this issue oddly decides to sweep that one aside rather quickly.  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are similarly quickly hustled out of the book, despite featuring prominently on the cover.  Instead the focus of the issue is in recruiting two more potential members of G.I.R.L., and in getting a new phone since Jarvis broke her last one.  As has been the case previously the actual story merely provides a framework for Nadia to interact with the world, and these interactions continue to be the book’s strongest points.  Case in point, early on in the book Nadia encounters a young woman on the street who she tries to befriend.  Unlike previous interactions our new friend seems to not care for Nadia and blows her off, until Nadia starts squeeing over the woman’s teleforce tattoo.  They bond over how cool Nikola Tesla is, and then are fast friends.  Although the woman, Amber, does not officially become one of Nadia’s G.I.R.L. members I would not at all be surprised to see her again in the book, and soon.

Nadia and Amber in Unstoppable Wasp #3

Nadia’s budding friendship with Amber is only one aspect of the book, and each new character that is introduced has similarly amusing confrontations with Nadia.  It is to the creative team’s credit that three issues, and numerous characters later, each set of interactions seems fresh and not repetitive.  Also, even though each of the new G.I.R.L. recruits have thus far only gotten a small amount of pagetime each is still fairly memorable.  That is no small feat considering that almost the entire cast of this book so far is comprised of new characters.  In this issue alone we have new characters Amber, Priya and Lashayla, and Marvel veteran Janet Van Dyne.  Between the four of them we get exploding teleporters, avoiding fashion faux pas while fighting the Enchantress, and the first pushbacks against Nadia’s initiative by a potential recruit.  Each encounter is unique, but endearing.

I find the character of Priya the most interesting of the group so far.  Unlike the other G.I.R.L. recruits she doesn’t want to be identified as a genius, and feels she would be much happier being a regular person.  She would rather hangout with girls who are being unintentionally racist to her then with Nadia’s team.  She has seen how miserable her brother, who is also a genius, is and wants no part of it.  While this is hardly a new way of approaching a character like her it provides a good foil to Nadia, and prevents the characters from all being Nadia cheerleaders.  I have enjoyed all the new G.I.R.L. characters so far, but Priya is the one I want to learn more about.

Through all of this the artwork of Elsa Charretier and Megan Wilson continues to shine through.  In a character driven book like Unstoppable Wasp the body language and animation is critical, and they have it nailed down.  Even though the images are static the cues towards motion are apparent.  Take, for instance, Nadia doing her best “Fozzie” (she means “Fonzie“) impression to try and impress Priya.  Even though it is just a single panel of her holding her collars you can still see the action of her tugging them out the way Fonzie does in Happy Days.  To be honest I would really love to see this fully animated in this style, since it looks like it would translate extremely well.  I must also note the wide range of the color palette being used, which gives the book a vibrant feel throughout.

Nadia mimics the Fonz in Unstoppable Wasp #3

The Unstoppable Wasp #3 is an energetic and engaging romp that I can easily recommend.  Despite my love of the book I do hope we are nearing the end of the G.I.R.L. recruitment push, and that we will start getting a more focused plot moving forward.  The characters are now on the board and in play, so it is time to do something with them.  The plot with Nadia’s old friend at the red room seems likely it will likely keep us going for a while, and I am interested to see where they’re going with it.  I just hope it doesn’t take too much of a slow burn.  Regardless, the characters and writing are entertaining by themselves.  I could probably just read 20 pages of Nadia and Jarvis banter while eating breakfast.  The biggest problem I have with the book is limiting myself to just two art samples for these reviews since there are so many scenes that are worth sharing.

Unstoppable Wasp #3

$3.99
Unstoppable Wasp #3
8.6

Final Score

8.6 /10

Pros

  • Continues to be filled with boundless energy
  • Excellent art by Wilson and Charretier
  • Each new character is entertaining and unique

Cons

  • Time to get on with the plot
  • Not nearly enough Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur