Review – The Unstoppable Wasp Vol 1: Fix Everything TP (Marvel)

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artwork: Gurihiru
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramanga
Release Date: 24th April 2019

I’ll be honest, it’s a little tricky to keep track of Marvel’s the Unstoppable Wasp. Case in point, I reviewed volume two – “Agents of G.I.R.L.” – back in 2018, only to be given the opportunity to take a look at volume one more recently. However, after getting a few chapters into this volume, I eventually realized that “Fix Everything” is actually the first volume of the 2018 series, rather than 2017 one I previously reviewed, in spite of them having exactly the same title. Puzzled? I certainly was.

Confusing numbering aside, for the most part this trade is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a character who is clearly being aimed squarely at the younger female comic reading demographic. Everything is quirky, uplifting and positive, with some hilarious one-liners (one in particular regarding some elusive Dazzler tickets literally made me laugh out loud, which is something of a rarity when it comes to comic books these days) and an impressively diverse cast of characters.

It’s refreshing to see an all-female superhero team taking on an all-female rogue’s gallery, and while the baddies themselves aren’t anywhere near as well-realised as the goodies (for the time being, at least) there’s an interesting dynamic to the threat here that’s enough to keep the pages turning in the early going.

As I mentioned above, this is most definitely aimed at younger readers, with bright, cartoony artwork and a pleasant blend of quirky banter and mild superhero threat. However, it does all start to feel a little… familiar over the course of the first few issues. This is very much ‘Marvel all-ages by the numbers’ for the most part, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, there’s also nothing here that really stands out.

That is, however, until things get more than a little serious in the final issue of the volume, following Nadia’s realization that she has inherited some of the same bipolar tendencies as her father, Hank Pym. From here the tone shifts noticeably, with a wonderfully accessible and refreshingly stigma-free look at Nadia’s mental health issues.

So then, what started off as a fun, fluffy superhero romp ended up having some real heft, and while the charm and likeability of the leading lady keeps the pages turning throughout, this collection doesn’t really kick into high gear until the latter issues, at which point it becomes highly recommended reading.

Rating: 3/5.


The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson-Adams (aka Ceej)
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