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The Wrong Side: The Wasp vs. the X-Men

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The Wrong Side: The Wasp vs. the X-Men

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

For the latest fight, we’ll do a follow-up from last week’s silly trouncing of the X-Men by Spider-Man with an even SILLIER trouncing of the X-Men by the winsome Wasp!

The Wasp has certainly improved a lot as an offensive threat from the early days, when Stan Lee pretty much wrote her as a pathetic waste of space, right from the first issue of the Avengers, when Hulk took her out with a bellows…

Her big power increase came in the late 1970s, when Chris Claremont gave her the old Ray Palmer Atom ability to have her normal strength, just condensed into the size of a wasp. This ability was rarely actually used, but it existed.

Her wasp stings have changed over the year from, in effect, a pellet gun to an actual stinger to bio-electric blasts. In that same Marvel Team-Up story where Claremont increased her strength, he made her sting stronger. So I’m only using examples after that.

Gauging the strength of the blasts is difficult, though. It takes out these stooges in Avengers #219…

But does nothing against the Shadow Lord in Avengers #207…

or one of the Weatherman in Avengers #209…

But who the heck knows what those guys’ respective deals were? The one dude had armor on and the other guy had the power of his home or something weird like that, so who knows?

More telling is this bit from Avengers #222 (plotted by Jim Shooter), where she blasts Whirlwind right in the face without his helmet on and it barely fazes him…

EXTREMELY on point is this bit from Avengers West Coast #60, where the Wasp blasts Magneto DIRECTLY IN HIS EAR and he shrugs it off (got to love that “Smacking yourself in the head” strategy he employed)…

(By the way, “crushed by the Scarlet Witch’s high heel boots” would likely not even be in the top ten most embarrassing ways the Wasp has nearly died over the years)

The X-Men are, well, the X-Men. You know them. They’re pretty good. Just not nearly as good as Spider-Man, of course. So now on to the fight!

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