Hey everyone, it’s the Wasp here. It’s my first post on YAvengers, and I’m SO excited to be here. Most of all, because no one really notices me, like, ever.
Part of that is because I’m small, but part of that is because I’m unassuming. I don’t have a lot of tech like Tony, a big hammer like Thor, or huge muscles like the Hulk. I don’t even have the fancy equipment that Clint does, or the insane spy training and gun slinging skills that Natasha flaunts everywhere.
I’m the size of a large bug, I fly around, and I shoot bioenergy from my palms. Yep. That’s me.
You probably saw my name up there on the byline and thought, “Hey, she’s not an Avenger,” just because I wasn’t in that flashy 2012 movie (Thanks for nothing, Joss.) Damn straight I’m an Avenger – in fact, I’m the one who suggested the group’s name. As far as the Avengers go, I’ve been around forever. Just because I wasn’t in a big fancy twenty-first century movie or on any 2012 merch does not mean I’m not Marvel-legit. To prove it, here’s a pic of me with the team:
I know I’m small, and I know Joss didn’t think I was awesome enough to put in his movie. But I do have a couple things going for me – a mission, and the guts to go after it. Long story short, my dad was killed by some evil rogue aliens. I didn’t know much about his experiments before then – I was too busy shopping and partying. But as soon as he was gone, I knew it was time for me to step up to the plate. I underwent a crazy-risky biochemical process that made me into the incredibly shrinking, energy tossing lady that I am. I fought supervillains on my own for a while, but eventually I talked all those blowhard guys– Tony, Bruce, and Steve – into forming a team, and we became the Avengers.
For me, being a superhero is all about taking a risk, in throwing yourself after a goal even if you don’t know exactly what the end will look like. It’s about knowing when you need a team, and knowing the right people to help you put it together.
Being a tiny superhero is a lot like self-publishing a book, actually. It’s smaller than small – small budget, small team, small (almost no) history. At the same time, it’s huge on a couple things – determination, work ethic, bravery, and an eye for putting an amazing team together.
And, just like me, self-publishing a book can be quietly, unexpectedly, and completely awesome.
I’m excited to show you the trailer for one such self-published book, ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans. It’s about superpowers – sort of –and one of the main characters has the same last name as I do (no coincidence,) so you KNOW it’s going to be awesome. Small and mighty – just like me. It also comes out today, so check it out and pick it up if you think it’s interesting. Here's the link.
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)
And now, the moment you've been waiting for: THE TRAILER!
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.
It makes you a One.
Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.
If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.
Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.
Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.