The Unstoppable Wasp #1 by Jeremy Whitely and Elsa Charretier splashed onto comic book shelves yesterday. In this incredibly promising first issue, Nadia Pym joins Doreen Green (aka The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) in the ranks of Marvel’s infectiously optimistic young female heroines.
Amping up on girl power and inclusivity, this comic opens on Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) and Nadia Pym picking up baked goods in a Pakistani bakery before a trip to the immigration office. The story doesn’t miss out on any chance to showcase diversity or promote an interest in science among its readers. Nadia herself is an immigrant and a dedicated scientist, whose scientific knowledge allowed her to escape Soviet captors and become The Wasp. Rather than playing out stereotypical a characterization of a smart or nerdy girl, the comic portrays Nadia as fun-loving, energetic, and charismatic.
Not only does this comic promise to provide a strong role model for young girls, especially those interested in science, it’s a forceful and uplifting move toward inclusivity in mainstream comics.