SCARLET WITCH #15
Story by James Robinson
Art by Vanessa R. Del Rey
Published by Marvel Comics
Witchcraft has been saved. Now Wanda has an even harder thing ahead of her – planning her life now her task is done. But first she must face a witch-demon who possesses a young boy with a bloodline connection to witches of yore. Join us as Wanda must battle evil both in present-day New York…and Havana, Cuba in 1954!!
Ever since I resumed my weekly comic store visits last summer, I’ve noticed the Scarlet Witch solo comic on the rack, but never picked it up. At first it was because I was avoiding anything from Marvel, and later because I had too many other things on my pull list.
Then last week, while browsing the new release racks, I saw the cover to Scarlet Witch #15, and loved it. This my favorite cover of the year, it’s a gorgeous cover despite its simplicity. And that was it, with that killer cover, I thought this was a good time to check out what’s new with the Scarlet Witch.
From what I understand, in this series Wanda’s abilities are used in a more supernatural way, finally showing the character as a witch. Wanda is currently on her own, trying to fix witchcraft and find those responsible for destroying it.
While this is a very different take on Wanda, I enjoyed what James Robinson did with this new angle. Also, it was nice to see the Scarlet Witch more confident of herself, in control of her powers, and even with a sense of humor.
It’s a shame that Scarlet Witch #15 is the last issue of this series, because I would have loved to see the character grow more confident. But I am happy that as a result of her journey in this series, Wanda is ready to face her future, and to rejoin the Avengers.
Vanessa Del Rey’s art adds to the supernatural feel of this issue. Most of her panels are dark and set the mood for the story. But her rendition of Wanda always stands out, and she looks beautiful and powerful.
Overall, this was a good story to send Wanda to whatever her adventure is. I for one, am very excited to see where the Scarlet Witch turns up next, but first things first: I need to pick up the other 14 issues of this series.
Scarlet Witch #15 score: A