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IGN: The Unstoppable Wasp #1 Review

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I'll freely admit that my first response to the announcement of The Unstoppable Wasp was something along the lines of "Does this character really need her own book?" But Nadia Pym has grown on me in recent months, thanks in no small part to the Nadia/Janet Van Dyne team-up story Jeremy Whitley and Mark Waid co-wrote several months ago. Now Whitley is flying solo just like Nadia, and along with artist Elsa Charretier he proves that there's plenty of room in the Marvel U. for Nadia to do her own thing.

Nadia's appeal as a heroine largely boils down to her infectious charm. Like the title character in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she has a zest for life that could only come from having spent her entire childhood living as a prisoner and shut off from the outside world. Her goals as the series opens aren't beating up bad guys, but bonding with her fellow heroes, enjoying the wealth of tasty food New York has to offer and maybe becoming a US citizen if she can wrangle it. In a time where the Marvel U. is a very dark and divided place, it's always nice to read a book that's so unapologetically cheerful and optimistic. Between Whitley's charming characterization and Charterrier's sleek, Darwyn Cooke-esque art style, it's impossible not to be won over by Nadia within a few pages.

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