The Unstoppable Wasp

Bestselling author Sam Maggs brings Nadia Van Dyne (the Unstoppable Wasp) and her genius friends to life in an all-new original YA novel based on the world of The Unstoppable Wasp Marvel comics series.

Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab, and new to being her own person, far, far away from the clutches of the Red Room-the infamous brainwashing/assassin-training facility. She’s adjusting well to all of this newness, channeling her energy into being a good friend, a good scientist, and a good Super Hero. It’s taking a toll, though, and Nadia’s finding that there are never quite enough hours in a day. So, when she’s gifted a virtual assistant powered by the most cutting-edge A.I. technology that the world has to offer, Nadia jumps at the opportunity to “do less, experience more”-just like the advertisements say.

The device works-really works. Nadia has more time to pursue her passion projects and to focus on new discoveries. But it’s never quite that simple, and not everything is as it seems. This thrilling adventure finds Nadia confronting her past as she tries to shape her future, and learning that sometimes the best way to effect big change is to think small-maybe even super small, Unstoppable Wasp-style. She’ll need the help of her genius G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) squad and found family to save herself and (not to be too dramatic) the entire world as we know it. Along the way, Nadia discovers that when she teams up with the people who love her the most, they’re totally Unstoppable. Just another day in the life of your way, way above average teenage Super Hero.

The Unstoppable Wasp, Sam Maggs
July 14th, 2020

I love me some Marvel superheroes. I love the MCU, though I’m woefully under read in the comics department.

I mentioned in a previous review of a The Lost Carnival how my knowledge of DC heroes comes from Marvel (much to Jessica’s horror). And I 100% expected to enjoy The Unstoppable Wasp, but alas…

There were several things Maggs did right in this one–the awesome rep revolving around disability and mental health. I loved the wide range of rep presented on the page. The dialogue was a lot of fun too–it really screamed Teenaged Superhero. It had everything I loved about complex teen relationships that’s sometimes missing in YA books, especially anything that toes the line of sci-fi/fantasy.

But there was so much telling. I was constantly told things about our hero, not shown. Always stopping action scenes to explain backstory or relationships. There was some Marvel easter egg thrown in every other paragraph. Though I wouldn’t really call it an ‘easter egg’ at that point, since it’s not really hidden.

I’m sure it was meant to show the wide, complex world of Marvel, but for someone who’s main source of Marvel is the MCU, it fell flat to me. It didn’t feel like I got to see the characters I know or have read about being mentioned, it felt like it was an attempt to cram as many Marvel names onto the page at once.

All in all, I couldn’t really get very deep into The Unstoppable Wasp and I had to DNF it. I’m sure it’s perfect for the die-hard Marvel fans, but for anyone with a passing knowledge of the universe, it may be a bit hard to get into.

My Rating: DNF

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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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