Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Terrestrial insect hive mutate

Occupation: Servant of Macrothrax

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Macrothrax, Thread, Tusk

Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Chudley, Stinger (Cassie Lang), Swarm (Fritz von Meyer)

Known Relatives: Inapplicable

Aliases: "The Specter of Hornets," "the Thing That is Hornets"

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth

First Appearance: Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: Vespa existed as a humanoid shape composed of mutated hornets that had gained its own hive intelligence. Due to its nature as a composite of moving hornets, Vespa could adjust the coverage of hornets to alter the shape of its body, such as reshaping hornets in its hand into a spike shape for offensive maneuvers.

Vespa also possessed wings capable of flight.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Red
Hair: None

History: (Ant-Man II#2 (fb)) - A hive of hornets was mutated, becoming preternaturally intelligent and developing unnatural organizational skills. Kidnapped by the insect master Macrothrax, Swarm, whose human mind was housed within a similarly-mutated bee hive, was forced to use the ray that had gifted his bee hive with a humanoid shape on the mutated hive of hornets, forming the hive into the humanoid Vespa. Not influenced by a human mind, however, Vespa and two other mutates, Tusk and Thread, came to regard Swarm as an unpure abomination and attempted to kill Swarm, destroying Swarm's transformative ray. Vespa and the others then hunted the escaping Swarm across the world.

(Ant-Man II#1) - Following a battle between Ant-Man and Swarm in which Swarm insisted he needed more bees for protection, Vespa, Tusk and Thread arrived to confront Swarm.

(Ant-Man II#2) - Seeking Swarm's death, Vespa and its allies attacked Swarm and Ant-Man came to Swarm's defense. Forming its hand into a spike, Vespa dove at Ant-Man, who shrunk out of range and ran for his life. Vespa, Thread and Tusk gave chase but Ant-Man enlarged a bee to block his exit, preventing Vespa and its allies from following. Eventually destroying the enlarged bee, Vespa and its allies emerged and bowed as their master Macrothrax also emerged. After showing Ant-Man an image of Earth-20041, in which Macrothrax successfully destroyed humanity with insects, Macrothrax ordered Vespa, Tusk and Thread to devour Ant-Man, who was rescued by Swarm. While Swarm got Ant-Man to safety, Vespa, Tusk and Thread watched as Macrothrax tortured and interrogated Ant-Man's enlarged ant partner, Chudley, for information on Ant-Man's Pym Particles.

(Ant-Man II#3) - The godlike Bug Lords sent a messenger insect to Macrothrax, prompting Vespa to remark that the Bug Lords would be angry that they lost Swarm. Macrothrax then had Vespa assist in destroying the messenger to allow the message to be heard via the scents released by the messenger insect's death. After Macrothrax received the message, Vespa asked if the Bug Lords had orders for them and Macrothrax answered in the affirmative but revealed that he had his own orders. Vespa subsequently joined Macrothrax and Tusk in Ant-Man's ant hill home, where Vespa confirmed the location of Ant-Man's Pym Particles.

(Ant-Man II#4) - After acquiring the Pym Particles, Vespa and Tusk accompanied Macrothrax to the Savage Land, where Macrothrax met with the Bug Lords. Witnessing Macrothrax being thrown out of the Bug Lords' lair, Vespa and Tusk rushed to Macrothrax's side but Vespa soon heard a loud screech and asked the others if they could hear it. Looking up, Vespa, Tusk and Macrothrax watched as Ant-Man and his daughter Stinger arrived atop two enlarged elephant hawk-moths. Macrothrax immediately ordered Vespa to kill the two heroes and nest its brood in their meat. Vespa bragged about how its body was made up of too many minds for Stinger's helmet to affect but Stinger announced a recent upgrade to helmet before showcasing the enhancements by dispersing the hornets comprising Vespa's body, apparently killing the hive creature.

Comments: Created by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett.

Given that Vespa's apparent death involved the dispersal of the mutated hornets that made up its form, I see no reason Vespa couldn't easily be brought back. All we'd need is a writer willing to come up with a way to bring the hornets back together...

Profile by Proto-Man.

Vespa has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Ant-Man II#1, p20, pan1 (Vespa, main image)
Ant-Man II#2, p8, pan5 (Vespa, headshot)
Ant-Man II#4, p11, pan4 (Vespa, closeup headshot)
Ant-Man II#4, p12, pan1 (Vespa, apparent death)

Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#2 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#3 (May, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#4 (July, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)

First Posted: 09/20/2020
Last updated: 09/20/2020

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