The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - So Did Wasp Die or What?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the time when it seemed as though the Wasp had been killed...

Let us go back years and years ago to a magical year called 2008. In that year, the Avengers and the rest of Earth's heroes were in a pitched battle against an invasion by Skrulls.

One of the Skrulls had been impersonating Hank Pym. This Hank Pym gave Wasp a serum that allowed her to become a giant as well as shrink.

Anyhow, during the final battle against the Skrull forces in Central Park in New York, the Skrulls were in bad shape, so they decided to use their ace in the hole...the serum that the Wasp had used was actually something that could allow the Skrulls to, in effect, turn her into a bomb...

Sad (you can click on the double-page spreads to enlarge them)

A little while later, Hercules was on a mission in the afterlife and he discovers Janet...

However, just recently, in his final Avengers arc, Brian Michael Bendis has the Avengers respond to a distress call coming from Central Park. They discover that the call is coming from the Microverse.

Cap, Iron Man, Thor and Giant Man investigate and they happily find...

Before she can explain, the bad guys attack.

They're eventually all captured, and that's when Jan fill in what happened...

One of our cutest abandoned an' forsaked yet!

NOTE: Just in case it is not clear, what is being abandoned an' forsaked is the Hercules story showing her as "officially" dead. Bendis' original story implies death but does not confirm it or anything like that, so simply revealing her as not dead later on would not necessarily be a case of abandoned an' forsaked.

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