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Subj: Re: Scarlet Witch #7: What the hex goin' on?
Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 at 05:46:56 pm EDT (Viewed 208 times)
Reply Subj: Scarlet Witch #7: What the hex goin' on?
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 at 09:33:47 pm EDT (Viewed 312 times)

    Scarlet Witch 007

    Sigh, this ongoing title seems be going nowhere.

It has a problem, that is for sure. I have enjoyed the book as you know from previous reviews, but it is suffering mightily for me at this point due to the lack of a visual continuity as much as a coherent direction and purpose for the character.
This issue it is Annie Wu on art, Wu was responsible for the amazing style and flair of Brendan Fletcher's just concluded Black Canary series, and here her work is not at all bad, but being a fill-in there is little room for her to add any real style to Wanda's world and make the book as distinct and appealing as her Black Canary was.

Wanda's travelling these last issues have been reasonably entertaining, but at seven issues in I am no clearer as to where The Emerald Warlock's story is headed and certainly not yet aware of just what The Scarlet Witch's role in the Marvel landscape is. It has James Robinson's misfortune to be handed books (Squadron Supreme, Invaders) where he can do some fine character work but, due to their inborn limitations, make no headway in making these characters and concepts actually have a reason to exist, an independent identity and purpose.
I have enjoyed the first issues of Scarlet Witch, but as with Squadron Supreme the lustre is wearing thin at this point. There seems to be nowhere for the book, or Wanda, to go forward and find a sustainable reason for being.

A shame. I was looking at her here early 80s Vision and Scarlet Witch series and it had direction and charm. Being a partner to a loved one made Wanda a much stronger character. If not the Vision then I would be very interested in the Simon Williams romance being finally embraced and explored fully, it would add much to both of these characters, and be rather interesting to follow if the two were paired in their own series... \(coffee\)

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