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Comics for the Summer - More than Superheroes, but we've got them too! Part 3

Well, we promised you some superheroes, so I guess we'd better move on to the capes, the cowls and the powers...

We'll stay away from the obvious characters though - partly on the grounds that you probably already know what you think about the likes of Batman, and Spider-Man, but mostly because there is just so much of the major characters out there we'd need a couple of posts for each of them to even scratch the surface.

So we're going to introduce you to some of the super-types that you might not be so familiar with, starting with Scott MCloud's excellent Zot!

Originally published by Eclipse Comics between 1984 and 1990, the series was conceived by McCloud as a more positive reaction to the grim gritty superhero fayre of the time - this was the era of Man Without Fear, The Dark Knight Returns, V for Vendetta and Watchmen, after all*, the first ten issues were in colour and are almost impossible to get hold of, but the following black and white issues published between 1987 and 1991 have been collected into one massive 'phone-book of a tome which should keep you entertained for quite sometime on your summer break.

Zot! tells the story of Jenny Weaver, a regular Middle American teenage girl, and her adventures with Zachary T. Paleozogt, known to his friends as Zot, who is a sort of a golden age Superboy type figure from an alternative Earth which looks a lot like a nineteen sixties view of the future. He flies using gravity boots, has a ten shot laser pistol and the sort of positive outlook on life that would be annoying if it weren't so endearing.

Together they battle over the top enemies such as The Devoes, a human cult that believes coming down from the trees was the worst mistake humanity ever made and wants to devolve us all back into apes, and Dekko, a crazed (but artistic) cyborg who looks like the Chrysler building.

The whole thing is huge fun, but it's also profoundly moving in places, and I guarantee that once read, this is a book that will have you thinking about it forever.

Perhaps a little more mainstream, and certainly more recent are the two volumes of The Unstoppable Wasp, collecting all eight issues of the sadly short lived Marvel series from 2016 - 2017. If you've seen the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie you should know that this is a different Wasp, although Janet Van-Dyne, the original Wasp who does feature in the movie turns up towards the end.

This Wasp is Nadia Pym, the daughter Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) never knew he had. She was raised in the Red Room, the same facility that trained Black Widow to be an assassin, but rather than make her a killer they trained her to use her scientific genius (because she seriously takes after her dad) for their evil ends.

But like Black Widow before her, teenaged Nadia escaped to America where she found that Hank was dead, but that she could follow his work, using the size altering "pym particles" to create her own Wasp suit.