JD takes a gander at SCARLET WITCH #1 !

ScarletWitch1  Title: SCARLET WITCH #1
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Vanesa Del Rey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Published by Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

An immediate confession: I’ve never really cared all that much about Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch. But then I was never really an “Avengers Guy. Not until Brian Michael Bendis came along with Avengers Disassembled. Tell me, dear reader, was Wanda always so damn confusing?  I thought she was a mutant, but she’s also a witch? Is she was witch because of her mutant abilities, or visa versa? At any rate, in this issue Wanda is back to just being a Witch, with nary a mention of her mutant status, (a status that Marvel made unmentionable due to some Merry Marvel Movie Mutant Mandates).

In this first issue, which reads more like Warren Ellis’ Moon Knight series than I expected, Wanda suffers a prophetic nightmare, uses her hexy-mojo to solve a supernatural murder case, and chills with her ghosty ladypal: the late, great Agatha who hangs out like a spooky BFF, despite the fact that Wander killed her. And this brings up another aspect of The Witch’s story that I feel Marvel may have mishandled. Wanda went nuts and inadvertently MURDERED a huge portion of mutants during House of M before disappearing from the Marvel U. All of a sudden, she shows up, says “whups, my bad, y’all” and is welcomed back into the fold. This all felt way too rushed for me. She  really could have used her own series back then, dealing with her guilt and the steps she must take to regain the trust of her friends and work her way back into the hearts of the readers.  I don’t mind characters like Scarlet Witch, Magneto and the like swapping sides, so long as they endure the trials of such a shift. But hey, I guess better late than never?

This is a quiet book, not a lot of action, and it seems to suite the Scarlet Witch well. I dig the writing style that James Robinson is employing here, especially after his Earth Two run, which just felt overly-written and long in the tooth. This type of tale is far from her Avengers-style super-heroine stories and more in the creepy supernatural realm of Constantine: The Hellblazer, or Steve Niles’ Cal McDonald detective series. If those types of stories are your bag, baby, then give this one a shot.

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  1. Homer Sexual says:

    Wanda is a great character! The first female Avenger of substance, a key part of many of the best Avengers storylines. Her romance with Vision was truly ground-breaking, and it broke my heart when Byrne decided to dehumanize Vision and end their relationship. She had a great relationship with her brother, then her family saga, as well as being one of the key Avengers who has been able to take down Ultron.

    She got messed up when Marvel decided to hook her up with Simon Williams, then have the kids with Vision disappear and Bendis made her go nuts. That really bugged me, demonizing an iconic character.

    However, everyone she “killed” promptly came back to life, so she didn’t really kill anyone. ( I think Vision and Hawkeye were killed by her, possibily She-Hulk as well. All perfectly spry.) And apparently her kids are alive again somehow as well. There was the Childrens Crusade mini that dealt with the whole thing. I hated Bendis making her a murderer, but a lot of characters have killed people, then they didn’t etc etc. Wolverine/Old Man Logan is the easiest example but there are plenty more.

    It’s comics and who knows if any of that stuff ever happened? Continuity is totally messed up and nonsensical so no point dwelling on it.

    She has always been a mutant. Initially, she just had hex powers that affected probability. So she couldn’t make impossible things happen, but if there was even an .0000000001 possibility of an event happening, she could make it occur.

    later, the Magic side started being developed. That is one thing many readers have always complained about Wanda, that she is a deus ex machina who can do whatever the story calls for.

    I liked this book but Scarlet Witch is one of my absolute favorite characters. It seems pretty mature for a female-led comic, so I don’t think it will be very popular. But I liked it.

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Oh, all the MAIN characters that died came back, but they showed a bunch of mutants who weren’t important enough to resurrect die horribly. One that comes to mind were some lava-based mutants having fun in a volcano, and then one of them becoming powerless and melting horribly when he fell into the volcano.


  3. Roland says:

    It’s crazy to think House of M is 10 years old now, Avengers Disassembled even older. were gettin old

  4. JD (Host) says:


    I’m youthful and exuberanzzzzzzzzzzz….snort ..zzzzzz

    zzzzzWhat was I sayin?

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