WASP's Costumes from 1997 to 2001.
(from "The Return" to Maximum Security)

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Av3v001a.gif Av3v001b.gif Feb 1998 - Avengers vol. 3#1 - She's "returned" and George Pérez doesn't miss the opportunity to draw 2 costumes for 1 story only. The first costume was used three more times in slightly different models: in Avengers Annual 2001 2nd story, in Black Panther #42-44 (thanks to Bob Almond for this information) and in a Spider-Man's story. Moreover it was the inspiration model for the Hero-Clix Wasp.

Mar 1998 - Thunderbolts#11 - Stars of the story are the Thunderbolts. This is their last appearance as "true heroes". Unmasked, they have to flee the Shield forces and have to fight Baron Zemo and his ... Avengers? The costume is present in the last pages of the story and on the cover of the following issue.

Thun12.gif Thun12b.gif Apr 1998 - Thunderbolts#12/13 - A great Mark Bagley shows the first match between the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the Thunderbolts. But this time, the earth will be saved only if the bad guys win!?  

Wasp and the Avengers vs the Thuderbolts


Mar 1999 - Avengers Vol. 3#2/3 - I didn't read the story, but I have a good scan of the cover and I can say that Pérez is MARVELOUS! 

After, I read the two issues and now I must find another word to explain how MARVELOUS is this story!

Pixie from the cover of Avengers vol.3 #2.

Av3v003b.gif Av3v003c.gif Apr 1998 - Avengers Vol. 3#3 - Morgana Le Fay is won! The Avengers are back in the land of the Tintagel Fortress ... but a few of magic forces surrounds Janet! Her costume changes colour from a cartoon to another! Don't worry, this strange effect will finish in this issue!

Mar 1998 - Captain America Vol.3#3 - The protagonist of the story is Cap's shield. The original is lost into the depths of the ocean and a substitute has been created by Tony Stark. Eventually we can see Cap using the triangular shield.

Av3v004c.gif Av3v004.gif May 1998 - Avengers Vol. 3#4 - Costumes respectively from the cover and from inside the issue. Wasp leaves the Avengers, and Henry Pym follows her. Are they falling in love again? Maybe. Good luck, Janet & Hank!   

May 1998 - X-Men#75 - Does anybody of you remember this model? Yes, it is the same costume Janet wore during the Micheal/Korvac Saga, but the colours are quite different. Janet does not appear in the story. The costume is worn by Cecilia Reyes, and the proof that it belongs to Wasp is given by the Beast, who claims that he took it from the Wasp's wardrobe.


Oct/Dec 1998 - Avengers Forever #1/12 - Great Marvel-style saga. I firmly suggest you to read all the issues, Busiek is a magnificent story-teller and Pacheco is a magnificent artist.


May 1999 - Avengers Vol. 3#16/17 - I'm sure this costume is the base model for the next two ones. Probably they were drawn without some particulars, or the coloration was wrong (or not).

The Avengers vs the Wrecking Crew!
Guest star to the pencils: Jerry Ordway!
Guest star in the Avengers: Dane Whitman, the Black Knight!


Jun 1999 - Avengers Vol. 3#17 Cover - Great action on the cover! Note the appearance of the old Miss Marvel costume, the first one, created by Janet, too! The Avengers vs The Doomsday Man! But is it really it/him? Another group of Avengers follow the Wrecking Crew on the Arkon's World. Another good work by Jerry Ordway.

Wasp on the cover of Avengers vol.3 #17.


Sep 1999 - Captain America Vol. 3#21 - With Captain America and Tony Stark to understand the secret of Cap's shield. 


Sep 1999 - Avengers Vol. 3#19 - Pérez is back! Alkhema is back! Ultron is back! And kidnapped Henry Pym (again). Very hard time for the Avengers and all the world...

Note: the second costume appearing in the issue is an old (and very nice) creation by Pérez, I re-drew it in the second page of the costumes, yet (Aug 1980).


Oct 1999 - Contest of Champions Vol. 2 #3 - Wasp is fighting Hawkeye and the winner is: Hawkeye!?. Bah, only a ballon to describe a so mighty, epic battle! The costume is good, but I'd need other images to draw it completely.



Dec 1999 - Avengers Vol. 3#23 - Not so many images showing the costume, but enough for me. In the story Visions confronts with Wonder Man. 



Feb 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#25 - A double-lenght story: Krakkan, Ikonn, Valtorr, Watoomb, Farallah, Raggadorr, Balthakk and Cyttorakk's plots reach their conclusion and the Avengers must confront with the Exemplars! To save the Earth from the Exemplars' conquest the heros must save... the Juggernaut?
But the bad times continues after the end of the battle: Captain America leaves the Avengers!


Mar 2000 - Fantastic Four Vol. 3#27 - Marco Polo discovered the costume for me and helped me to draw the first version.

Summary: Susan Storm marries Doctor Doom!



Apr 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#27 - A new formation for the Avengers but nobody shouts "Avengers Assemble!". The situation is difficult, Thor's leaving, Cap has left some days before, the government bring pressure for a change, and the popular contestation want all the mutants out... not a very good moment for the heroes. With a new costume re-enters Henry Pym but a new name takes place in the Avenger's rosters: Thriathlon! 


Jun/Jul 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#29/30 - Wow, a great, powerful and unusual villain for the Avengers is back: Kulan Gath! He wants to become a god and to do this he has to kill Peliali! But an old friend will help the Avengers: Yellowjacket???

The same costume is used in Avengers Vol. 3#36/37 and in Hulk Annual 2000.  

Jan worried for Hank's strange behaviour speaks with him.

Magnds3.gif Magnds4.gif Jul/Sep 2000 - Magneto: Dark Seduction #2/4 - The Avengers to the Bay of Carrion in Genosha.
The story is a typical "everybody vs everybody" fighting, where nothing was said and everything could happen: Magneto re-acquired his full powers and Wasp's costume slightly changed from a cartoon to another and from an issue to the following one.

The second costume was also used in Iron Fist/Wolverine#2.

Set 2000 - Deadpool #44 - Colours variation on the costume model appeared in Avengers Vol. 3#27. The story continues in Black Panther Vol. 3#23 but there are some differences in the costume used by Wasp.

Bp3-23c.gif Bp3-23.gif Sep? 2000 - Black Panther Vol. 3#23 - The costume outfit is identical to the one used in the mission to the Kulan Gath's city. Thanks to Bob Almond (Black Panther inker artist) for his reply on the Black Panther's Message Board! Now, I can confirm  you that both the costume on the cover (colours by Tom Smith) and the costume in the book (colours by Steve Oliffe) are the same costume. The second costume also appeared in Black Panther #27.
Av3v031a.gif Av3v031b.gif Aug 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#31 - The Vision is back, he calls the Avengers to fight the Maggia and the Grim Reaper. But things are not as simple as they seem: Edward Lavell is the Eel, Pierre Fresson is Cyclone and Madame Masque is ... an android! Little story, but big "construction" for the future thanks to Kurt Busiek. The costume is probably the same but there are some differences in the colours between the first and the second part of the story.

2000 - Hulk Annual 2000 - Starring an huge, animal, jade giant: Hulk. Fight in Central Park vs the Avengers and Sh-Hulk in particular.

Looking at the few ballons I have seen of the story, I think that this costume is a mis-coloured one, similar to the red/black one used by Janet a few months before.


Sep 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#32/33 - The Masque's identity revealed. The Grim Reaper and his Steelskulls attack the Madame Masque's secret base. And the base is destroyed by... Nefaria!

Paul Ryan: "...Actually it is reminicent of a costume Jan wore, briefly, back around 1979 or so. I remember because I drew her wearing it in the first samples I sent to Jim Shooter. He wasn't impressed.:( I believe that costume was red and black with some white trim)."  

Wasp in Avengers vol.3 #33.


Oct 2000 - Thunderbolts#43 - Don't waste your time, if you want to find the costume go to the last panel of the last table. Found? Ok, it's wrong, because Wasp if fighting Nefaria and in that moment she wears the previous costume.

Thun44.gif Nov 2000 - Thunderbolts#44 - The Avengers and the Thunderbolts are assembled to front the Count Nefaria in his full powers. But they have to fight their own camerades: Atlas and Wonder-Man, pawns of Nefaria. Plus: revealed the mistery of Masque, Benedict and the Madame(s) Masque.
The story is well drawn by Mark Bagley with not so perfect inks. The costume is pretty and has beautiful colours, but Joe Rosas (the colorist of this issue) and Tom Smith (the colorist of the following story) doesn't match and in the last part of the fight, Wasp wears different colours.

Wasp and a bunch of heroes tries to infiltrate in Nefaria's Castle.

Av3v034a.gif Av3v034b.gif Nov 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#34 - A hard fight versus an unstoppable Nefaria. But Whitney Frost gives the heroes the last hope to defeat  her father: the Nefaria Protocols! And Masque helps the heroes!  Negative note: George Pérez leaves The Avengers. Thanks for everything George. Come back soon, George.

Dec 2000 - Sentry #4 - This is the only issue of Sentry I have, so I don't know if Wasp appears before and if she wears another costume.

The costume is similar to the one used during the mission to Genosha some months before (jul 2000). The basic colour is the same, but the secondary colours are different (black/blue instead of red). The model, however, is almost equal to the one invented by Alan Davis for the promotion of "his" Avengers. That costume never appeared during any story. May be that Jae Lee wanted to use it?

Maxec01c.gif Maxec01.gif Dec 2000 - Maximum Security #1 - Some of the most important races in the universe, have decided that The Earth will become a galactic prison of Maximum Security. And Ronan is the "director" of the prison. The first costume appears just on the cover. The second is in the story in several balloons, but the colours are not so fixed; it is also seen in Alias #26.  
Ultrim-c.gif Ultrim-b.gif 2001 - The Ultron Imperative - The first costume appears on the cover and recalls one of the costumes used during Maximum Security. The second is an old classic one but worn by an Ultron-Wasp. Thanks, Mitch Taylor for the scans.

Dec 2000 - Avengers Vol. 3#35 - The Avengers are splitted in two formations and the one in the space is prisoner of the Ruul! Later, the Supreme Intelligence explains to the Heroes who are the mysterious Ruul.



Jan 2001 - Maximum Security #3 - Here finishes the Maximum Security employ of the Earth, after a massive fight among the heroes and Ronan super-empowered by the Ego-disease spreading on the planet.


Jan 2001 - Avengers Vol. 3#36 Cover - Steve Epting at work! The cover shows Janet very well, I don't have the issue, but I read some pages and I know that the costume used is the same that Janet wore in the mission vs Kulan Gath.





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