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Unstoppable Wasp #4 was the first time that the book really clicked with me. It had Jeremy Whitley who I had enjoyed on Thor vs Hulk: Champions of the Universe, and Gurihiru, who made a huge contribution to the success of The Unbelievable Gwenpool (most of the credit goes to Dr McNinja's Christopher Hastings, whose Six Million Dollar Man comes out this week), but I just wasn't enjoying it.

Probably I should have even glanced at volume 1. Or made an effort to catch up with the large supporting cast of people who weren't Janet, Bobbi or Nadia. I found the first 3 issues confusing because I hadn't made the effort to catch up. Then Unstoppable Wasp #4 made a connection with me that elevated it above the normal Marvel book.

We start with the perennial favourite - a blackboard! But this is used for character development, not cryptic exposition.

Nadia's lab was raided by an offshoot of A.I.M. and her team got their asses kicked.

Nadia goes to the security offices and realises that her blackboard is already out of date

However, there is too much to do, and time is running out

The team come back from the hospital to find Nadia missing. Jan goes out to look for her when Nadia reappears from the pocket lab, where she has been isolated for days.

Then...there is a failure of interpersonal skills.
And Nadia's blackboard plan in full




Jan works out that she's seen this behaviour before, in Hank Pym. She suspects that Nadia has bipolar disorder aka manic depression. #4 was manic and #5 is depressive. It's a very tender look at how poor mental health can affect you and people around you.
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