Marvel Comics' new teen heroine Nadia Pym will get some support in the pages of "Unstoppable Wasp" from real-life scientist.
The upcoming series, by writer Jeremy Whitley and artist Elsa Charretier, will spotlight different female scientists on the letter page of each issue.
"I have to credit our amazing artist Elsa with the original idea," Whitley told Marvel.com. "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."
The hope is young women will become inspired by the stories from these female scientists and take an interest in the sciences. "'Unstoppable Wasp' is all about young female super scientists setting out to change the world," Whitley added. "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."
"Unstoppable Wasp" #1, starring Hank Pym's daughter Nadia, flies into stores Jan. 4.