(Editor's Note: Avengers #32 Spoiler Alert!)
We all know that the "death span" of a hero in modern comics is quite short, but for this hero, Bendis took his sweet time returning her to the land of the living.
First seen in the pages of Avengers #31, our returned hero seems to have gotten herself into quite a jam with some alien races and is on the run for her life. Again! Trapped in inner space, she holds her own in a fighting frenzy against those who threaten her. But, eventually, the ever constant horde of combatants proves to be too much and the last we see of her wrapped visage is her pulling out an Avengers comm-card and sends out a distress signal.
Since that issue, the rumors have been flying as to who this "mystery" Avenger is and exactly what has happened to her. Most fans agree upon who this stunning character could be and with the release of Avengers #32 this week -- it looks as though they have been right!
So, without further ado let's welcome back...Janet Van Dyne a.k.a.. The Wasp!
But, with her return comes some controversy and intrigue. Not only is Janet alive, but it seems she may have never actually "died" in the first place! It seems she somehow was diminished in size and sent into inner space this entire time! How? Why? Who knows? (Editor's note: Seeissues "Avengers Academy" possibly for more!) But Bendis wouldn't bring back such a fan favorite character just on whimsy!
We all know how deep rooted Marvel Comics has been as of late with the Marvel movie and television franchises. Will it really be that long before they incorporate one of the founding Avengers somewhere into their fold? We know that the Ant-Man movie is being formulated, even though the focus is on Scott Lang, could there be a spot for Janet Van Dyne in there as well? Personally, I am wondering if Joss Whedon might use her in his S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. Janet Van Dyne, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- sounds pretty good to me!
Regardless of the speculation, it is great to have such a great female character back again!