You asked for it, you got it! Here are Jeremy Whitley's and Gurihiru's plans for Nadia van Dyne!

Marvel Comics fans have been hoping for a return of the latest woman wearing the Wasp costume — Nadia van Dyne! Back by popular demand, the young Super Hero is making a buzzworthy return written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Gurihiru. Nadia will be teaming up with her Agents of G.I.R.L. as well as her stepmother, Janet van Dyne AKA the original Wasp, to uncover a mysterious connection between A.I.M. and Nadia’s father, Hank Pym. THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1, the first in an ongoing series, will fly into stores on October 3, but we have an inside look at Nadia’s new adventures and some previews of the art!

Marvel.com: What kinds of adventures is Nadia going to be having this time around, and how will her “hive” of friends be involved?

Jeremy Whitley: They’re science ladies having science adventures! All of our Agents of G.I.R.L. are back, and they’re all on the same mission: to change the world through science. They’re also going to be Nadia’s back-up in the field in ways that are new to this volume. It’s always useful to have four of the smartest scientists in the world in your earpiece, but we’ve got a few other ways for them to get in on the action.

So much of the first volume was about assembling the team and saving Ying — this will be one of our first real chances to see G.I.R.L. in action out in the world.  We’re gonna have so much fun!

Marvel.com: We’re all excited to see Nadia shine on her own, but will any familiar faces be giving her a helping hand?

Whitley: Our goal with the adventures Nadia has are, as in the first volume, to combine the young and vibrant part of the current Marvel Universe with the heritage and fun of the Marvel Universe that she inherits from her family tree. Between Janet, Hank, Scott, Cassie, and Jarvis, Nadia has a ton of Avengers history around her. Also, Mockingbird’s sticking around as a mentor in the lab, so count on some killer chemistry and things getting hit with sticks!

Marvel.com: Can you discuss the villains and challenges Nadia will face? Will there be anyone we’ll recognize?

Whitley: I think we’ll have some surprising returns from the first volume, as we not only deal with some of Nadia’s history in the Red Room, but with the revitalization of A.I.M. under a familiar face that Nadia last saw inside of a giant robot. Beyond that, we want to bring in some family classics and some new blood as well. Nothing is quite as much fun as making new villains to plague the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: Will we learn more about Nadia’s past with the Red Room?

Whitley: “Absolutely…” he says coyly, “but I can’t tell you here.  They might be listening.”

Marvel.com: What kind of arc will Nadia experience throughout her series? Did your plotting and writing go the way you’d planned, or did you change direction along the way?

Whitley: I think we’re going to see a lot more of the Nadia we got to know in the last two issues of the first volume, one who doesn’t have all of the answers. It wasn’t so long ago that Nadia was a part-time Avenger with very few social obligations. Now she’s a Champion, has responsibilities with G.I.R.L., and has a lot more people in her life than she ever has before. A lot of this first story is going to be about how Nadia reacts to having so many more commitments in her life. We’re also going to deal a lot more with what she’s inherited from Hank, both in her civilian life and as the Wasp.  Hank’s had more than his fair share of enemies — and right now, he’s off making more.

Marvel.com: How will Nadia get to show off her science and technology skills in addition to her Super Hero skills? Do all of her skills work hand-in-hand or do they ever cause her to feel some sort of conflict? (Meaning, would a teenage girl with a scientific mind ever overthink a Super Hero mission?)

Whitley: I think Nadia considers herself a scientist first, and her superheroics are an extension of that. I like to think of her as coming from the same school as characters like Mr. Fantastic and Ant-Man, where what makes them super has as much to do with what’s in the brain as anything else.

The other component to this when it comes to Nadia is that, when possible, she prefers to settle things nonviolently. If she can talk to or make friends with someone that she’s supposed to be fighting, she absolutely will. So, I would say, Nadia’s brain IS what makes her a Super Hero, even when she’s not using science to solve the problem.

Marvel.com: Gurihiru is doing the art for THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP – how did you work with them to create Nadia’s new look and how do you think the artwork sets the tone for the series?

Whitley: I had the immense pleasure of working with Gurihiru once before on the first project I ever work on for SECRET WARS: SECRET LOVE. I learned that Gurihiru have an amazing sense of style and that the project will probably be served best by me telling them what I need and letting them fill in the blanks. We went back and forth on the designs just a little, but only to get them finely attuned. I credit them with looking at Elsa’s work on the first volume and seeing how they could make those looks fresh and new.  I think they’ve done a tremendous job.

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1, written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Gurihiru, will go on sale October 3! Check in with your local comic book shop to pre-order your copy!

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Straight from the pages, Marvel's Champions have arrived!

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a new downloadable character pack for “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2” featuring Marvel’s teenage team of super hero sensations inspired by CHAMPIONS! The pack, priced at $1.99, adds playable characters Ms. Marvel, Nova, Miles Morales, Ironheart, Devil Dinosaur, Moon Girl, Viv Vision & Sparky, Amadeus Cho, Nadia Pym Wasp, Kate Bishop Hawkeye, and Nova. Strike out on your own with our “Totally Awesome” young heroes!

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.” This original branching storyline, co-written by award-winning comics writer Kurt Busiek, transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis. Packed with signature LEGO humor for fans of all ages, gamers will go head-to-head with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror in this fun-filled journey spanning the Marvel Universe.

The Champions DLC pack can be purchased separately for $1.99 or as part of the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Season Pass, which is currently available for $14.99 or free for everyone who purchased the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition.”

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows® PC.

For all the latest on “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Writer Jeremy Whitley talks the qualities that make Nadia special!

Trying to come back from her first true failure since her escape to the outside world, Nadia can just pack it in, just crumple under the pressure. Or she can reject the notion that a setback makes one a failure. Nadia has never been quite what anyone expected and with Janet Van Dyne in her corner, she will show the world exactly what she is made of in UNSTOPPABLE WASP #8, available August 2!

We found Jeremy Whitley aiding in the clean-up of broken dreams and he gladly walked us through the qualities that make Nadia a different kind of hero.

OPTIMISM: “Like a number of Marvel heroes, Nadia has a dark beginning,” the writer recalls. “She is born and raised in the Red Room where she is forced to train as an assassin and then a mad scientist. She has every right to be a character who is angry and dark. What sets Nadia apart is that she has consciously decided not to be either of those things. Nadia is a bright spot in and often dim and dangerous world.”

“Honestly, I think this is made all that much more notable by her position as a scientist,” he continues. “Scientists in comics and movies are so often projected as the doom and gloom type, projecting the end of the world or causing it. Nadia sees science in the way early comics like Fantastic Four and Tales to Astonish did, as a means to do amazing things.”

SHE LIVED THROUGH TRAGEDY WITHOUT BEING DEFINED BY IT: “There are characters whose entire arc as both heroes and people are defined by something that happened to them,” points out Whitley. “Nadia is not that person. She rescued herself from her captors and made the choice to get away from that life. She has chosen to embrace her genius and her gifts as a scientist and use those not for the nefarious causes for which she was trained, but to save and change the world.”

“You won’t catch Nadia lurking in the shadows or posing on top of any churches in the rain,” the writer elaborates. “That’s not her thing.”

HER LINEAGE: “One of the funnest things about Nadia is that her family ties her so closely in the Marvel Universe and the Avengers specifically, but Nadia is new to the whole thing,” Whitley asserts. “Both her father and her step-mother are founding Avengers whose origins were penned by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. You can’t get much more Marvel than that. So to see her explore this inheritance of excitement and adventure is fantastic, while she is still able to give an outsider’s view to some of the stranger things in the Marvel U.”

SHE ADMIRES SUPER HEROES FOR THEIR MINDS: “Nadia is not really familiar with superheroes as superheroes, outside of her own family,” explains the writer. “What she knows about superheroes are the things she has learned from studying scientific papers. So while Nadia doesn’t even know who Daredevil is when he shows up in issue #6 and is unfamiliar with the superhero known as Mockingbird, she is instantly overcome with excitement upon meeting Doctor Doom and has an overwhelming sense of hero worship for Bobbi Morse, not as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. but as a scientist. Picture Kamala Khan, but instead of reading comics her whole life, she’s been reading scientific papers.”

SHE NATURALLY SEEKS FRIENDSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP: “Nadia has been alone her whole life,” states Whitley. “She’s tried to make friends, like Ying, but the Red Room is run to make that intentionally difficult. As much as she wants to be a hero, she also wants to make friends. I guess she’s an anti-Wolverine in a way. He’s the habitual loner that somehow gets dragged onto a team, she’s the social butterfly who’s been forced to work alone for far too long.”

“Part of this issue for Nadia as well is the desire to form a lab,” he adds. “She knows that a good lab should have a diversity of experiences and specialties. She has no urge to be at the head of a group, so much as to raise up the girls around her. She wants them to all get the means they need to do what they want to do and the recognition they deserve for being geniuses.”

SHE THINKS OF SUPER HEROISM AS THE SIDE JOB: “Well, for Nadia, being a hero isn’t just about what you do when you have the costume on,” reveals the writer. “Sure, that’s part of it, but bigger than that is the influence you have on the world. She knows that as The Unstoppable Wasp she may be able to save the day in the moment and prevent calamity, but Nadia and G.I.R.L. can make the kind of changes that save the world in a more permanent and meaningful way. Basically, Nadia feels like she inherited heroism, but G.I.R.L. is her personal mission.”

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Preside over the reunion of Nadia Pym and Janet Van Dyne with Jeremy Whitley!

Bees won’t sting unless you provoke them, but wasps don’t need an excuse to be aggressive; they can take care of themselves. No wonder Janet Van Dyne—aka the original Wasp and the wife of original Ant-Man, Hank Pym—has remained a steadfast staple of Marvel Comics since her debut in 1963. Smart, cunning and independent, she kept the Avengers—which she helped found and name—together through the toughest of times.

And now, even with a new Wasp on the scene in Nadia Pym, Janet isn’t content to take the back seat; she remains ready to help save the day whenever duty calls.

Before she crops up in a new arc that begins in UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7 on July 5, the book’s writer, Jeremy Whitley, makes the case for why Ms. Dyne exemplifies one of Marvel’s greatest heroes ever.

Marvel.com: UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7 guest stars Janet Van Dyne for the second time in this series. How would you make the case for her as one of Marvel’s greatest heroes?

Jeremy Whitley: Well, the simple answer is that Janet is one of the original Avengers, so how could you not? The more complicated answer to make that case is that Janet was once a rich heiress and daughter of a world renowned scientist. When her father was murdered, she tracked down his partner Hank Pym and talked him into the performing the procedures that gave her, her wings and size changing capabilities. And once her father had been avenged, she decided to become a super hero. Even for Marvel, there were not many female super heroes in those days and many of those who did exist had their powers thrust upon them by accident. Janet seized the opportunity and became a super hero of her own volition. Beyond that, I would argue that Janet was what made the original Avengers the team that they were. While Cap, Tony, Thor, and Hank butted heads, Janet was the one who was able to find common ground and make them a real team. I’ve said, and say as much in the comic, that Janet’s real super power is people skills. She represents the Avengers in a way that people trust and want to work with.

Marvel.com: Are there any Van Dyne moments from years gone by that you admire?

Jeremy Whitley: I loved Janet as chairman/team leader of the Avengers. I think having a character who is defined by their personal strengths rather than their physical strengths leading a team makes for a much more interesting team. I think Janet really brought the heart as a leader and made the Avengers more than a collection of heavy hitters.

Marvel.com: While Nadia was born from Hank and Maria Pym, Janet is kind of like a surrogate mother/mentor towards their daughter. What kind of lessons and advice does she impart to this new Wasp, one who is feeling a little lost?

Jeremy Whitley: Nadia is naturally gifted and self-reliant. Having grown up where and how she did, it’s just part of who she is. Nadia never really needed someone to teach her about science or about fighting; she got plenty of that in the Red Room. The thing about Nadia is that she sees the world through rose-colored glasses and when things fall apart, she has trouble dealing. She really only knows one way to react to crisis and that’s to punch it. Now that she’s no longer part of an evil organization, she feels terrible when she hurts people and when it’s a problem that can’t be punched, she doesn’t know what to do. Janet is a person who has been through some rough times herself and is an expert at rebuilding, be it her life, her team, or just Avengers Mansion. There is nothing Janet hasn’t dealt with. Janet loves Nadia because she sees a girl who has been through the ringer and come out the other side stronger, much like herself. She sees this extraordinary ability to love and create and she wants to protect that. I think more than anything, Janet’s most important message to Nadia is that she doesn’t have to do it all alone.

Unstoppable Wasp #7 cover by Elsa Charretier

 

Marvel.com: Where is she when she’s not showing up to help save the day in UNSTOPPABLE WASP?

Jeremy Whitley: Well mostly she’s been buzzing around in UNCANNY AVENGERS, but Janet also has her own fashion line and a boutique in Manhattan to run. Beyond that, she is still often a public representative for the super hero community at large and the Avengers; she’s the majority owner and CEO of Pym Labs, and she gets invited to every big event in New York City. You know, she stays busy.  We’ll actually get to see a little bit of this in the [next] few issues of UNSTOPPABLE WASP.

Marvel.com: What kind of traits from the original Wasp do you think Nadia embodies?

Jeremy Whitley: I would say that Nadia has the same sense of kindness and tact that Janet doe. She would rather talk things out than fight. While their areas of intelligence lie in different fields, I would argue that they’re both very smart. Also, while Nadia and Janet relate to people differently, I would say they both do what they do to make life better for the people around them.

Marvel.com: How will she put her own spin on tackling the Red Room to help save Nadia and Ying?

Jeremy Whitley: Janet is the sort of person you want to have in your corner when your back’s against the wall. People will have to read the book to see exactly what she does, but she does it the way that only Janet can.

Marvel.com: Issue #7 is the beginning of a brand-new story arc. Can we expect to see more of a Waspish presence?

Jeremy Whitley: Absolutely. And maybe the return of a few other guest stars from the series.

UNSTOPPABLE WASP #7 by Jeremy Whitley and Veronica Fish puts Janet Van Dyne back in the mix on July 5! 

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Writer Jeremy Whitley helps Nadia Pym kick off her new organization!

Nadia Pym saw some dark times in the Red Room. But she hasn’t let that make her cynical. She still believes the best about people. And that optimism has led her to form Genius In Action Research Labs (G.I.R.L.), a budding organization dedicated to fostering the scientific talent of girls and young women.

But what about this group will make it a success? We chatted with UNSTOPPABLE WASP writer Jeremy Whitley about the main goals and tenets of G.I.R.L., as Nadia brings her friends and colleagues to the forefront with June 7’s issue #6!

Demonstrating that girls and young women deserve to be counted among Earth’s smartest people

This is the original organizing principal of G.I.R.L. In Marvel lore, the question of the smartest people in the world has always been [one] that pops up and that people try to put some numbers on. With the recent induction of Lunella Lafayette as the official top of that list, it brought into stark contrast how much of the rest of that list, especially the top, is male.

It’s been shown in studies that when taking blind applications to advanced science and engineering programs, that men and women tend to fare more or less the same. However, when the applications have a name and a face attached to them, men tend to do much better. After a lot of research and discussion, the reason for this seemed to be that professors or scientists looking to fill these programs were looking for people that they saw themselves in. They tended to favor people in which they could recognize the same things that they thought made themselves good scientists. So, without realizing it, they favored male candidates. It’s what’s called an inherent bias.

The purpose of G.I.R.L. is to even out the playing field by finding those overlooked girls that don’t get seen by the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists making up this list. People who think differently, look different, or express their ideas differently are often left behind when you’re calculating something like who is the smartest. Nadia wants to pick those girls up and show what they’re capable of.

Bringing together the brightest minds with the goal of scientific innovation

Innovation is a huge thing for Nadia in the same way it was for [her father] Hank [Pym]. You can literally know everything in the world and not have any original ideas. If the world is going to change and get better, then we need not just brains, but innovation. Hank was the sort of scientist who created square bubbles. He didn’t do it because the world needed square bubbles to survive, but because it was a puzzle he wanted to solve. Nadia shares that scientific curiosity.

The girls of G.I.R.L. are not just big brains, but girls with original ideas who have been working on things they are passionate about in their own time. They’re not really looking to win awards, they’re looking to create. G.I.R.L. really sets its sights on exploring the art of science.

Creating a space for young women to support one another

It’s important to create spaces in which girls [can] support one another and don’t need to feel like they need affirmation from either boys or adults. The G.I.R.L. lab is a space where no matter how crazy your idea is, there’s not shame in bringing it in. That’s how really important breakthroughs get made, by trying things that nobody has thought of yet. And when we create a space where girls can be that resource for other girls, that’s where real “girl power” comes from, right? When girls are able to bring ideas to the table without doubting themselves or worrying about looking stupid, then we’ll be able to focus on the important things.

Unstoppable Wasp #6 cover by Elsa Charretier

Diversity of experience creates diversity of ideas

Often when people talk about “diversity” they use it as a buzz word, like it’s a pointless practice of checking off boxes. The reality in any creative setting is that by diversifying your team, you bring in different perspectives. When you have different perspectives you get different ideas. This is important both for the backgrounds of the characters that make G.I.R.L. up and also from variety of scientific fields the girls come from. When you tackle a big problem, an engineer is going to come at it differently than a chemist and a chemist will come at it differently than a physicist. The same is true when you’re comparing someone who has been scraping by in life and somebody who has had all of the resources they needed. It’s also true of somebody who grew up with protective immigrant parents from another country and somebody who grew up with a disability that pushed them to find new ways to take care of things themselves.

Using science for the greater good

It’s not just about saving the world when it needs to fight off an alien invasion. It’s not about personal gain. It’s about making life better. In the same way the Champions are helping with issues that don’t register for the Avengers, G.I.R.L. is there for science issues that don’t register to Iron Man or Hank McCoy.

For Nadia personally, we see an element of wanting to carry on Hank’s legacy

Nadia was made into what she is by the Red Room in an effort to corrupt Hank’s legacy. They wanted to make Nadia destroy in the same way Hank had innovated and built. G.I.R.L. is important because it’s Nadia taking that legacy back and embracing it. Her father isn’t around right now, but if he were, she would want him to be proud. She wants to make Janet and Mockingbird proud as well. The Pyms have a mixed legacy, but it’s one worth fighting for.

Jeremy Whitley and artist Elsa Charretier help G.I.R.L. grow in UNSTOPPABLE WASP #6 on June 7!

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Jeremy Whitley digs into the perilous past of Nadia Pym!

Anyone following the adventures of the new Wasp knows that Nadia Pym doesn’t exactly represent the typical Red Room veteran. She has a cheerful approach to life that we don’t see with many of the RR’s alumni. But as we’ll see in the upcoming UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5 on May 3, her former captors want her back, and they’ll come with full force to try and get their girl.

We caught up with writer Jeremy Whitley about how Nadia’s time in the Red Room impacted her, and what that will mean for her story moving forward.

Marvel.com: Nadia has retained her optimism, despite everything that happened in the Red Room; this is so different from Black Widow, for example. What has allowed her to avoid becoming jaded?

Jeremy Whitley: Well, I think part of it has to do with the fact that Nadia never actually functioned as an assassin. While she went through training, they pulled her to join the Science Class before she actually had to kill anyone. Beyond that, I think some of it is just a natural optimism. Nadia sees things differently. It’s part of what makes her innovative in science. Rather than seeing the time that she has lost and feeling angry about it, Nadia sees the potential to do big things now.

Marvel.com: Nadia had at least one person—Ying—whom she got close to in the Red Room. How did this affect her experience?

Jeremy Whitley: They got to work together to design the tech we see in issues #2 and #3, since it required a chemist along with Nadia’s knowledge of Pym Particles. It gave them a chance to work together and they became friends immediately. Unfortunately for them, as soon as the Red Room figured out that they had started developing a friendship, they had them separated. I think during her time in the Red Room, it gave Nadia hope to know she had a friend there. On the other hand, as we’ve seen in the first few issues, the Red Room is not above using that connection to get Nadia back. Having personal connections may become Nadia’s undoing—a problem Black Widow didn’t have to worry about.

Marvel.com: Of course the Red Room was terrible, but it also fostered Nadia’s scientific genius in some ways. How did this impact her?

Jeremy Whitley: We talk a bit in the book about the lack of women in many STEM fields in the real world. Studies have shown that a lot of that has to do with the way we discourage girls from pursuing these field either actively or passively. On the other hand, people have told—even forced—Nadia to pursue these fields. She knows she can do amazing things. She has had to do it to survive. As a result, Nadia has a superb sense of confidence and self-esteem. She knows her value and intelligence. The means were pretty awful, but at this point she doesn’t need anyone to validate her.

Marvel.com: What aspects of her time in the Red Room do you think still stay with her?

Jeremy Whitley: I think her knowledge of her worth is certainly one thing. I think her desire to meet and connect with people the way she does has a lot to do with not having had the opportunity to forge those relationships in the Red Room. And, as readers will find out in issue #4 this week, some aspects of her assassination training are harder to kick than others, especially when she gets pushed too far.

Marvel.com: Did her time in the Red Room have anything to do with her decision to be a super hero, or to start G.I.R.L.?

Jeremy Whitley: To some extent. She obviously wants to make the most of her time now that she finds herself free in the world, and she considers acting as a super hero part of her answer to that. The fact that all the people she looks up to are super heroes—her father [Hank Pym], Janet [Van Dyne, the original Wasp], Bobbi Morse) has a lot to do with that decision as well.

As for G.I.R.L., I think her time in the Red Room showed her what’s possible and that there are tons of super-intelligent girls out there. Her push to do it comes from both her need for human connection and her need to make up for the time she has lost thanks to the Red Room. She knows that by doing this, she can make an impact both on the world and on the lives of the other girls in G.I.R.L.

Marvel.com: Would you like to mention anything else?

Jeremy Whitley: Well, the first trade collection, available for pre-order now, will contain our awesome interviews with real women in STEM. So if you didn’t have the chance to keep up with the single issues or you’d like to order the book for your classroom or library, now is the time to order.

Learn more about Nadia’s time in the Red Room from Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charpentier in UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5 on May 3!

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Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier recruit real world scientists to back up their new hero!

Each month in the letters page of UNSTOPPABLE WASP, space will be devoted to spotlighting real world female scientists and their work.

“I have to credit our amazing artist Elsa with the original idea,” says Whitley of the profiles. “I had been kicking around that I wanted to do some outreach to STEM and women in science and she came up with an idea. She would draw headshots and we’d do a little profile on female scientists. Her original plan was to post these on Twitter or Tumblr, but ever since I started working on UNSTOPPABLE WASP I’d wanted to do a letters page. I love letters pages and as engaging as Nadia is as a character, I thought it would be perfect.  Elsa’s idea of profiling female scientists from our audience was exactly what I was looking for.”

Celebrating science and the innovative minds working towards advancement in various fields fits perfectly with Nadia Pym’s character and the overall feel of UNSTOPPABLE WASP.

“UNSTOPPABLE WASP is all about young female super scientists setting out to change the world,” notes Whitley. “It made perfect sense to us to highlight female scientists who really are shaping our future. We already knew several women who fit this description and were comics readers, so the idea of sharing their awesome work with the rest of our audience seemed like something that had to happen. We look forward to learning about more amazing comics loving lady scientists as we open up to submissions and hopefully a few of [our] younger readers may even find something that interests them as well as the expert that they can ask about it.”

Marvel.com proudly presents the latest pair of scientific spotlights; for more, check out every installment of UNSTOPPABLE WASP, with issue #4 coming April 5 and issue #3 available now!

Hi again, Nadia here! Can you believe we’ve already been together for three months? You wouldn’t believe the recommendations we’ve gotten for Agents of G.I.R.L.! Today’s agents are pretty special though. Not only are they an optical engineer and an aerospace engineer, but they’re also COSPLAYERS! Check out Sadie Geerligs (@sadiebydesign) and Nia Jetter (@thinqueaboutit)!

Nia Jetter and Sadie Geerligs by Elsa Charpentier

WHAT KIND OF WORK DO YOU DO?

Sadie: I am an applications engineer in connectivity for a fiber-optic company, AFL. In my current role I focus on developing products for card edge connectivity and embedded optics. I was lucky to find AFL after earning my bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2012.

Nia: I am an aerospace engineer specializing in spacecraft autonomy, I have been working in my field for just over 16 years. There’s a delay in communication between the Earth and space vehicles, so it is important that the vehicle be able to perform many functions autonomously, including controlling different subsystems and being able to fix or save itself if something is going wrong. I perform analyses and write algorithms that allow the space vehicle to operate without human intervention.

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Sadie: I love that my job presents different challenges for me each day. My current position requires in-depth customer interaction to help develop products for their unique applications. When I was going through school, I was extremely nervous that a job in engineering would require me to sit at a desk all day and be super antisocial. It is extremely exciting to be able to see a product through the development stages to commercialization.

Nia: I love what I do! I feel like it is what I was made to do! I love math and I love solving problems. I love coming up with a vision of what technology we are going to need in the future and then determining a roadmap that we need to follow to get there. One of the greatest things about my job is that after we build the satellite or space-based vehicle, we are responsible for working the early portion of the mission before we hand the satellite over to the customer. I’ve had the opportunity to work thirteen missions in our mission control center. You get to see something that you worked so hard on actually performing its function up in space. It can be an incredible problem-solving experience!

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUNG WOMEN GETTING INTO ENGINEERING?

Sadie: At graduation, we all donned pins in memory of the former president of Rose-Hulman, Matt Branam, with his quote “Make it happen. Make it fun.” He taught the students of Rose that you should make your dreams become reality, and have fun while you do it. It is really important to me to see women in fields that make them happy. I encourage anyone who has a passion for engineering, science or really anything to exploit that passion because it will lead you to greater things. Engineering has not only been a career that sustains my life, but a path to finding who I was meant to be. I wish nothing more than for other women to find the path that leads them to that same sort of belonging and happiness.

Nia: The greatest advancement is made when it is based in a foundation of diversity of thought. If a group of people with a similar backgrounds and trains of thought get together to solve a problem, they may miss an even better solution that would have been introduced by someone with a different background. Having a large portion of our society underrepresented in science and technology fields inhibits our society as a whole. It is important that, from a very young age, we make sure that no one is made to feel like science or math is too hard, or a “boy” thing. Having seen consistent resistance wear people down and make them choose to apply their brilliance to another, non-technical field, I try to be the opposite of that. I love mentoring and volunteering in schools, doing activities and explaining things simply to make sure that kids know that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to. It’s important for boys to know

–and see–that girls can do anything too, so that they have no reason to expect anything less than that from women in the future.

WHICH FEMALE ENGINEERS (REAL OR FICTIONAL) HAVE INSPIRED YOU IN YOUR WORK?

Sadie: My inspiration comes all of from the fantastic ladies that have surrounded me since I started down the path of my engineering career. The thing I find the most inspiring about all of these amazing women is that, like me, they all have passions outside of their careers that they are equally talented at. My friend Katherine runs a successful blog, Engineering in Style, that showcases that women in engineering can also be super stylish. And I remember enjoying Sailor Moon because all of her friends have different talents. As a super awkward bookworm through my younger years, I always had a great appreciation for Mercury because she was a nerd and a badass! Some other really cool fictional ladies that have surfaced as women in science fields become more and more common–like Asami Sato, Winry Rockbell and Honey Lemon.

Nia: I had a female math teacher in the sixth grade who was very encouraging and really helped me realize that I was strong in math. The fact that she pulled me aside and encouraged me really made a difference. Uhura was also a great inspiration. My mother is a huge Star Trek fan, particularly of Nichelle Nichols. I was fortunate enough to meet Nichelle Nichols while I was cosplaying as Uhura!

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE EXAMPLE OF CLEVER/UNUSUAL/NONSENSICAL USE OF SCIENCE IN COMICS?

Sadie: Since science fiction has often been a precursor to scientific discovery, there aren’t a lot of things that I find too out there. In fact, I find that most of the things in comics make people dream big enough to achieve goals that people would scoff at. If I had to pick a commonly used concept that irks me, though, it would probably be time travel. It’s a very large concept to wrap a brain around, and I just don’t really think it’s been thought through properly yet. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy Back to the Future and The Flash, but I just feel like aliens are more within our grasp than time travel. To the person that proves me wrong, I can’t wait for you to tell all of the skeptics, “I told you so!”

Nia: So…you’re telling me that there is one gene called the “X-gene” that, if activated, can result in the introduction of any kind of mutation–mental, physical or other…so I’ve got this bridge in Brooklyn that I’d like to sell you! I’m not a biologist, although I do like to write genetic algorithms, but the concept of the X-gene doesn’t sit quite right with me if I think about it too much. However, I know that incredible things can happen when it comes to science, and I am happy to suspend my disbelief because the concept of the X-gene enables some of my favorite stories–including those with my favorite comic character, Storm!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN READING COMICS AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST COMIC BOOK?

Sadie: Truthfully, I didn’t grow up reading comics, but I watched a whole lot of Batman and Superman: The Animated Series. About two years ago, I decided I was going to get into comics for the sake of my cosplay and bought several comics to kickstart my love. My main objective was to obtain a Supergirl comic, but I left with multiple copies of the PRINCESS LEIA comic as well, which remains one of my favorite storylines. I have also fallen in love with SPIDER-GWEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL and GWENPOOL. It will be really exciting to add UNSTOPPABLE WASP to my lineup of super-awesome ladies in my comic collection, and maybe someday in cosplay. After all, how could I not when her character is basically my tagline brought to life? Engineer by day, super hero by night.

Nia: My first comic book was a John Stewart Green Lantern book. I don’t remember how old I was. I remember there being so many comics around me that I felt like I was surrounded–my dad was going through his old comics. I remember my dad explaining the Green Lantern to me and how John Stewart was his favorite. I remember being fascinated for the first time by how the pictures were just as important as the words in telling the stories. And cosplaying gives me the opportunity to represent and pay homage to some of my favorite characters. 🙂

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Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier recruit real world scientists to back up their new hero!

Each month in the letters page of UNSTOPPABLE WASP, space will be devoted to spotlighting real world female scientists and their work.

“I have to credit our amazing artist Elsa with the original idea,” says Whitley of the profiles. “I had been kicking around that I wanted to do some outreach to STEM and women in science and she came up with an idea. She would draw headshots and we’d do a little profile on female scientists. Her original plan was to post these on Twitter or Tumblr, but ever since I started working on UNSTOPPABLE WASP I’d wanted to do a letters page. I love letters pages and as engaging as Nadia is as a character, I thought it would be perfect.  Elsa’s idea of profiling female scientists from our audience was exactly what I was looking for.”

Celebrating science and the innovative minds working towards advancement in various fields fits perfectly with Nadia Pym’s character and the overall feel of UNSTOPPABLE WASP.

“UNSTOPPABLE WASP is all about young female super scientists setting out to change the world,” notes Whitley. “It made perfect sense to us to highlight female scientists who really are shaping our future. We already knew several women who fit this description and were comics readers, so the idea of sharing their awesome work with the rest of our audience seemed like something that had to happen. We look forward to learning about more amazing comics loving lady scientists as we open up to submissions and hopefully a few of [our] younger readers may even find something that interests them as well as the expert that they can ask about it.”

Marvel.com proudly presents the latest pair of scientific spotlights; for more, check out every installment of UNSTOPPABLE WASP, with issue #3 coming March 1 and issue #2 available now!

Hey, new friends, it’s Nadia! I’m so glad to see you again. You look great! Winter must really agree with you! Don’t worry, Team Wasp will be back next month to bring you another chapter of our story, but in the meantime, I have some more really special lady scientists to share with you. These new Agents of G.I.R.L. are extra amazing, so please check out what new recruits Jin Kim Montclare (@jkmontclare) and Raychelle Burks, Ph.D. (@DrRubidium) had to say!

Jin Kim Montclare and Raychelle Burks by Elsa Charretier

Jin Kim Montclare and Raychelle Burks by Elsa Charretier

WHAT KIND OF WORK DO YOU DO?

Jin: I am a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and I work on engineering new types of proteins. Proteins are important biomolecules that exist in foods such as eggs, milk and meat as well as in all living organisms–including humans. My research focuses on creating a protein that can detoxify toxic nerve agents such as pesticides as well as creating new protein biomaterials that can deliver important therapies to treat human disorders.

Raychelle: I’m a chemistry professor and spend my time teaching and doing research. My area of focus is analytical chemistry, specifically designing detection techniques for compounds of forensic interest (drugs, explosives, chemical or biological weapons, etc.). My research group is currently focused on using color image analysis as a stand-in for colorimetry–and we’re using cell phones to do it!

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Jin: Two things really excite me: that I get to 1) work on research that can ultimately help people (by removing toxins or treating diseases) and 2) interact with a wonderful group of young aspiring engineers and scientists making exciting advances in research.

Raychelle: I love the challenge of coming up with low-tech, affordable, reliable and portable detection schemes. It gives me and my students an opportunity to play super-science MacGyver!

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUNG WOMEN GETTING INTO SCIENCE?

Jin: Being a woman in STEM, I feel fortunate to be doing what I love to do as an educator and researcher! My path was made possible through the support of my mentors from K-12 to now, so I do my part by encouraging other young women to pursue STEM.  More than half the students I mentor directly at NYU are women, and I am quite proud of it! I have also actively engaged in mentoring programs including STEM  Women on Fire as part of the Ultimate Mentor Adventure Contest! I work with science teachers at local K-12 schools to help effectively convey scienctific ideas and make them exciting. In fact, in collaboration with InSchoolApps, we made an app called LewisDots for kids to make chemical structures and learn about bonding!

Raychelle: As a black female scientist, I am familiar with the historical and current barriers to our access and advancement in STEM career fields. Margot Lee Shetterly’s great book Hidden Figures (now a feature film) speaks to such struggles. While gains have been made in accessibility, we have a long way to go in making STEM careers equally within reach for woman of color and other under-represented minorities.

WHAT FEMALE SCIENTISTS (REAL OR FICTIONAL) HAVE INSPIRED YOU IN YOUR WORK?

Jin: When I was little, my hero was Marie Curie. She not only won a Nobel Prize in Physics, but years later, she was awarded the prize in Chemistry, too! Very few individuals are awarded the Nobel Prize, so to earn two in two different fields is AMAZING! In terms of inspiration for my work, my graduate advisor Alanna Schepartz has mentored me through my own dissertation work on miniature proteins at Yale while serving as an incredible role model. Finally, the Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath, who was responsible for determining a high-resolution structure of the ribosome (a gigantic complex that helps decode DNA into protein), is an amazing source of inspiration because my group employs the insights from such structures to make cool proteins in the lab.

Raychelle: When I was little, I didn’t know of any female scientists–talk about hidden figures! It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I discovered Dr. Mae Jemison, medical doctor and NASA astronaut. Before that, I looked to my favorite fictional super-brain, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, for inspiration. She is one hell of a quantitative thinker! When I’m in need of inspiration, I look to Jeannette Brown’s African American Woman Chemists. I am also inspired by my science friends: Dr. Danielle Lee, Dr. Stephanie Page, Dr. Kate Clancy and Dr. Malika Jeffries-El.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE EXAMPLE OF CLEVER/UNUSUAL/OR NONSENSICAL USE OF SCIENCE IN COMICS?

Jin: I thought it was clever that the characters from X-Men had super-powers due to mutations. It made absolute sense to me since mutations in DNA can cause changes in living things in order to adapt (like a giraffe’s neck to allow them to reach the treetops for food).

Raychelle: I’m a sucker for super-hero-by-vampirism. Okay, that sounds splashier than super-hero-by-blood transfusion. She-Hulk fits the bill! Hulking out is a bit like a blood-borne disease? It almost makes sense, except…it totally doesn’t! I love these sci-fi stretches!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN READING COMICS AND WAT WAS YOUR FIRST COMIC BOOK?

Jin: I started reading comics when I was in elementary school with Archie Comics, but my favorites have been Sandman and Lucifer…and of course Rocket Girl and most recently MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR! For MG & DD, I love that the protagonist is a girl STEM genius and I even get consulted on it for inspirational scientist/engineer quotes (because my husband, Brandon Montclare, is writing it)!

Raychelle: I started reading comic books in high school, jumping into the Wonder Woman reboot by George Pérez when I stumbled across in my local public library. It caught my eye because I grew up watching reruns of Linda Carter’s Woman Woman!

Please send all of your suggestions for girl, lady or lady-identifying geniuses in science and technology to us at MHEROES@MARVEL.COM and mark your letters “Okay to Print”! You can also tweet at us using the hashtag #AgentsOfGIRL.

Until next month, do svidaniya!

Nadia

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Artist Elsa Charretier mixes super powers, vintage 90’s fashion, scientific brilliance, and more!

Can you imagine being a teenage genius let loose for the first time on the world in New York City? That’s the place Nadia Pym finds herself in as her new comic UNSTOPPABLE WASP launches on January 4.

Written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn Elsa Charretier, the series focuses on the daughter of Hank Pym as she gets used to life outside of the Black Widow-creating Red Room, adjusting to her new roles as a super hero and a teenager. We talked with Charretier about nailing Nadia’s retro-infused style, separating the new heroine from her more well-known counterpart, and developing a gallery of rogues for her to face.

Marvel.com: How does it feel to be making your Marvel debut on a book like UNSTOPPABLE WASP?

Elsa Charretier: This book came at a perfect time for me. After doing my own creator-owned series and a few issues for other publishers, I thought about going back to indie comics. I liked my experience with mainstream comics very much, but I felt the need to create a character from scratch: designing them, their environment and, overall, having a bit more “control” over the book. UNSTOPPABLE WASP being a new series allowed me to do that, in a sense.

Although Nadia has had previous appearances, Jeremy and I were really able to put our mark on the book, and it’s been creatively extremely fulfilling. And it’s an ongoing book! We get to work on a whole story arc, which is challenging in a way, but really exciting.

Marvel.com: How would you say that Nadia carries herself differently than her predecessor, Janet Van Dyne, both in and out of the costume?

Elsa Charretier: Nadia is completely new to all this. To super heroes, to S.H.I.E.L.D.—and, since she was raised in a Russian assassin school, even the real world is new to her. And she approaches things a bit naively. She doesn’t understand why everyone can’t be friends, why all the heroes can’t just sit down and talk their problems out. Janet, who knows her way around, is well aware of the issues and why they can’t be solved that easily. Nadia may be extremely smart, but she is still a teenager, and Janet is a grown woman with more experience, of life and the field. Science has been all Nadia has [known] since she was born, and naturally thinks that it can answer everything. And of course, it can’t.

Marvel.com: With a character like this who’s both relatively new, but also part of a legacy, do you have some freedom when it comes to designing her look in the series?

Elsa Charretier: Luckily, I did. Alex Ross handled the design of her Wasp outfit. His suit not only looks fantastic, but practically draws itself. Designing a super hero costume requires nailing the right balance of originality and simplicity, and I’m glad such a talented artist did Nadia’s.

As for the out-of-costume part, I had complete freedom. Her face had to carry both fun and charisma. She is still young, but not really a kid anymore. You want to convey her optimism, but also hint that she is able to put her fists on the table if necessary. Another important aspect of her is her style. She was forced to wear uniforms growing up and I’m guessing she didn’t have access to fashion. And now she is [a teenager], and she lives in [New York City], one of the richest and craziest cities when it comes to fashion. Nadia is hyper active, and curious of everything, every culture. So, from the beginning, I pictured she would shop in second hand cool stores. The 90’s style being back, it’s pretty easy to find cheap and awesome pieces and vintage jewelry. I really wanted her outfits to reflect her curiosity.

Marvel.com: What makes Nadia unstoppable?

Elsa Charretier: To me, that would be her creativity. She is smart, but what defines her the most is that she is an inventor. Her thing is to come up with stuff, with ideas, and thus [she] is able to adjust to all kinds of situations. It’s actually pretty close to my own vision of life. No matter the cards you’ve been dealt, it’s always about what you do with it. If you add that to Nadia’s natural optimism and energy, you realize that you won’t quit that easily.

Marvel.com: Wasp isn’t known for having a deep rogues gallery. Do you and Jeremy have plans to change that?

Elsa Charretier: We’re really trying to develop Nadia’s world in the series. Her lab, her friends, everything that makes her who she is, and that, of course, includes rogues. What’s great with her, and what made me laugh all through the first issue, is how Nadia interacts with people that are considered evil. She’s genuinely concerned as to why they decided to turn to the dark side. Almost telling them, “Hey, there’s still time, you can still be one of the good guys.” That leads to pretty absurd scenes and dialog. So definitely, there’ll be more of them, and I can already tell we’re having tons of fun with their designs.

Marvel.com: Overall, how has it been collaborating with Jeremy so far?

Elsa Charretier: I’ve been really lucky to be paired up with him. We have a similar vision on the portrayal of female characters in comics. We both love strong female leads. Nadia is only [a teenager], but she’s on top of things! And the cast of characters he [has] created—rogues and friends—are all deep and I love drawing all of them.

I’d say that’s what makes good teamwork: we’re going in the same creative direction. I trust him on the scripts, and I feel that he trusts me on the pages and layouts. He welcomes my ideas, encourages me to do layouts that are different than his original panel breakdown if I think of something else. The same goes for the entire team, actually. Our editors, Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith, have kept a very open mind since we’ve started the book, and Megan Wilson, our fantastic colorist, has been very involved in the process as well. All this creates a very welcoming and safe working environment, and I’m very grateful for it.

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier soars into stores on January 4.

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Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier recruit real world scientists to back up their new hero!

When Nadia Pym spreads her wings on January 4, 2017 with the release of UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier, she’ll be the Marvel Universe’s newest super hero with a big brain to match her abilities—and she won’t be alone.

Each month in the letters page of UNSTOPPABLE WASP, space will be devoted to spotlighting real world female scientists and their work.

“I have to credit our amazing artist Elsa with the original idea,” says Whitley of the profiles. “I had been kicking around that I wanted to do some outreach to STEM and women in science and she came up with an idea. She would draw headshots and we’d do a little profile on female scientists. Her original plan was to post these on Twitter or Tumblr, but ever since I started working on UNSTOPPABLE WASP I’d wanted to do a letters page. I love letters pages and as engaging as Nadia is as a character, I thought it would be perfect.  Elsa’s idea of profiling female scientists from our audience was exactly what I was looking for.”

Celebrating science and the innovative minds working towards advancement in various fields fits perfectly with Nadia Pym’s character and the overall feel of UNSTOPPABLE WASP.

“UNSTOPPABLE WASP is all about young female super scientists setting out to change the world,” notes Whitley. “It made perfect sense to us to highlight female scientists who really are shaping our future. We already knew several women who fit this description and were comics readers, so the idea of sharing their awesome work with the rest of our audience seemed like something that had to happen. We look forward to learning about more amazing comics loving lady scientists as we open up to submissions and hopefully a few of [our] younger readers may even find something that interests them as well as the expert that they can ask about it.”

Marvel.com proudly presents a first look at the initial pair of scientific spotlights; for more, check out every issue of UNSTOPPABLE WASP starting with #1 on January 4, 2017!

 

Hello, you magnificent people!  Nadia here to welcome you to our letters page, “Agents of G.I.R.L.”

Why do we call our letters page that, you ask?  Well, that’s a really good question!  You’re so on top of things!  While we love getting letters about how much you love the book (Of course you love the book, I’m delightful!) we are also hard at work recruiting lady adventure scientists for G.I.R.L. (Genius In Action Research Labs).  And I may be able to fly, but even I can’t get to every lady genius in the world.

So send us your suggestions for comic-reading, nerdy-birdy science adventure ladies, and we’ll use this space to profile our new members.  Elsa even agreed to draw their pictures! Can you believe that?  She’s so nice and I love her accent!

But now I’m rambling, so here are our first new recruits: Rachel Silverstein (@irrelephantidae on Twitter) and Marina Chanidou (@MarinaLovesChem)!

What kind of work do you do?

Rachel Silverstein by Elsa Charretier

Rachel Silverstein by Elsa Charretier

Rachel: I’m a proboscidean paleontologist, meaning I study extinct elephant fossils. If you were wondering, not all paleontologists study dinosaurs! Of course, they’re cool and all, but ice age megafauna (large mammals) are what do it for me.

Marina Chanidou by Elsa Charretier

Marina Chanidou by Elsa Charretier

Marina: I am a PhD student at a UK university studying Chemistry, specifically Analytical Chemistry. I like to describe this as CSI but it takes longer and you usually don’t get any clear answers! Right now I analyze food samples, but my goal is to apply my method to archaeological remains and test them for residues of different food stuffs.

What excites you about your work?

Rachel: I think most people, professional paleontologists or not, would agree the field of paleontology is inherently exciting. I personally look forward to the collaboration aspect of it. Not all scientists like to work with others, but I prefer to share ideas and findings with my colleagues. Nothing excites me more than getting messages about new fossil elephant findings and the work being done on them.

Marina: This leads to the exciting bit. What I’m trying to do is more accurately identify what people in the past ate! Well, it’s exciting for me, okay? In modern samples I can identify even small adulteration of one type of food to another (for example traces of pork fat somewhere where there shouldn’t be any pork, or cheaper vegetable oils in what is supposed to be virgin olive oil). It would be very cool to do that for archaeological samples as well. (For example, did ancient Britons use olive oil, and if they did, was it imported from Greece or Spain or Italy?) The exciting part is that there is a problem and I’m working out the solution. There is no ready path, I am the one who will choose how I will go about answering this question and I will decide what to do every step of the way. It’s like a puzzle, but you don’t get a picture to tell you what it’s supposed to look like. You don’t even know if the picture is square, rectangular or a circle!

Why would you encourage young women to getting into science?

Rachel: Young women should get into science because they want to! Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be a scientist, regardless of what science you want to pursue. This is your reminder you can do it. Really. I’ve found female scientists to be the most supportive human beings on the planet. Even if what you do is a hobby, that doesn’t make you less of a scientist. Remember that, ladies!

Marina: Same reason I would encourage them to do anything: if they like it, it seems interesting to them or they are good at it, they should go ahead and do it! I would encourage all young women to take science courses at school anyway for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s really cool and you might like it! But even if you don’t like it, science teaches you a way of thinking. It teaches you that there are problems and there are solutions. And even if you can’t find the solutions now, you’re laying the groundwork for others eventually solving a problem. We are indeed standing on the shoulders of giants, but even a small change puts us higher than we were before. Science teaches you to work, evaluate, adapt and never accept something without evidence–and when the evidence changes, to accept it and change with it.

What female scientists (real or fictional) have inspired you in your work?

Rachel: I have to give a shout out to Dr. Katy Smith, a fellow female proboscidean paleontologist (who also reads comics!), as my inspiration. Dr. Smith has always been there to encourage me to continue my studies to my full potential and give help whenever she can with my work.

Marina: I can’t remember many fictional female scientists from the books I was reading when I was younger. But I did have a female physics teacher in high school and she was brilliant. A brilliant physicist and a brilliant educator. She asked us in class how many of us had taken something apart to see what it looks like and the people who raised their hands were mostly boys and me. She said it is okay for girls to experiment, to mess with things, to fix things and find out how things work. One day she was telling some of us a story about how she was running an experiment in the lab and it took more than 24 hours and she had to stay there and make sure everything was going well. Her boyfriend at the time was not impressed. She said “Sometimes men don’t understand that I will forget about a date if I’m in the lab.” That’s when I thought, “What’s not to understand? Of course the experiment was more important than the date! You can have a date any time, science is more important.” I was hooked!

Do you have a favorite example of clever/unusual/or nonsensical use of science in comics?

Rachel: As a paleontologist, I always thought the concept of the villain Dinosaur Man was hilarious. He reminds me of everything that went wrong in Jurassic Park, but in comic book-form!

Marina: Most science reads like magic in comics and I need to really suspend disbelief to follow it. That is one thing that I would love to be improved. One that I do enjoy very much and is surprisingly quite a realistic depiction of a scientist’s life is Blood Stain by Linda Sejic.

How long have you been reading comics? What was your first comic book?

Rachel: I’ve been reading comics since I was 12. I remember bringing them with me to class in middle school and trying to hide while reading them. I would read Marvel, DC, indie–anything really. My first Marvel comic I got into at a young age was Spider-Man.

Marina: I started reading comics when I was around six. My first books were Asterix the Gaul and Lucky Luke. Then I read a lot of Disney Comics, Carl Barks was a favorite creator. Finally, when I was 17, I went to an actual comic book shop. And picked up Medieval Lady Death! Sure, she was semi-naked, but she was a woman kicking ass in a world that wanted her gone!

Please send all of your suggestions for girl, lady, or lady-identifying geniuses to us at MHEROES@MARVEL.COM and mark your letters “Okay to Print”! You can also tweet at us using the hashtag #AgentsOfGIRL! Come back next month to meet more amazing science ladies!

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