Nadia van Dyne, the newest Wasp and long-lost daughter of Hank Pym, has been a beacon of hope and ball of energy since her very first appearance. But just like her father, that energy can take a dangerous turn, as Unstoppable Wasp #4 and 5 (written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Gurihiru) reveals that, like her father, Nadia suffers from Bipolar Disorder.
In issue #3, Nadia’s lab and her friends were attacked by A.I.M. and some were badly injured. In issue #4, Nadia decides that, well, it’s her responsibility to fix this...and, in fact, she can fix everything.
But as she keeps going, it becomes more and more obvious that Nadia is in a manic episode.
Finally, Nadia retreats into her miniature lab, where time goes slower, in order to work, and when Janet (the original Wasp, who’s acting as Nadia’s surrogate mother) finds the lab, she knows exactly what’s happening.
All of this culminates in issue #5, when Nadia emerges from her lab, not having eaten or slept for a week, and her friends try to help her...and Nadia lashes out at them, beating them up.
While her other friends leave her to her lab, one, Priya, stays behind to try and talk to her and finds that the manic episode has now shifted into a depressive one.
After Priya saves her from hurting herself, Nadia knows she can’t solve this problem alone. She needs help.
Unstoppable Wasp #5 is one of the strongest, saddest, and darkest issues Marvel has put out. It’s also one of the best.