THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #3 / Writer: Jeremy Whitley / Artist: Gurihiru / Letterer : VC’s Joe Caramagna / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Release Date: December 12, 2018
Marvel seem to have caught on that they have a young adult audience and realized what they want: more girls, more people of colour, more science, and MORE GAY PLEASE. This series, along with Champions, has really gone for broke in making compelling, sweet, and fun teenage characters who – whilst struggling with all the things you’d expect a teenager to struggle with – remain kind and open-hearted.
I never got on with the original Runaways series because they struck me as… um, kind of dickish? And not in a good way? I’m not sure what’s changed recently, but there’s a real effort to bring passionate and enthusiastic teen heroes who, like, want to be superheroes because they want to do good. Runaways is amazing now and actually, now that I think about it, I know what’s changed: the success of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan opened the door for not only Champions and Runaways, but also The Unstoppable Wasp. Marvel did take a positive lesson from her run – more girls, more gays, more people of colour. Well done!
We’re three issues into The Unstoppable Wasp and onto a second run! And we’re getting an awesome confrontation with A.I.M and an excellent twist ending. I love Gurihiru so much, having been introduced to them via Gwenpool and been following them on Twitter. Their art will definitely pull in those younger readers who love manga: it’s bold and clear, perfect for action, but also cute and versatile enough for more straightforward character scenes. Plus, as a long term CLAMP fan, I love me some manga art entities, especially when they bring their lovely art styles to American comics! There’s a really great interview with them here btw.
The best thing about this series is the interviews with women who happen to be STEM professionals! It’s a small but potentially inspiring gesture, and this week’s interviewee is a Planetary Protection Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who just so happens to be working on the 2020 Mars mission! How cool is that?!
Honestly, it’s just fun, exciting, and sweet. I hope this stops being a ‘thing’ and just becomes normal, like, not a noteworthy thing anymore. We’re on the right track!
Verdict: 5 out of 5