Monday, December 12, 2016

Scarlet Witch #13 Review - Marvel Monday

No More Burn Victims

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Jonathan Marks-Barravecchia, Rachelle Rosenberg and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

The Witches’ Road. Sounds like a pretty sketchy place to me. Not exactly somewhere I’d want to set up a bed and breakfast or go for a stroll. But hey, I’m not a witch. The Scarlet Witch might finally find out some answers about what this has all been leading to, but I’ve thought that before. So let’s see what we get from Wanda this month.

As I started this issue, I feared it would be a whole lot of talking between Wanda and Agatha, but it actually turns into a pretty good Scarlet Witch story. As Wanda and Agatha recall their time on the path since the last issue, we get some pretty good art detailing the battles she’s already won. But the real story starts when Wanda’s mother shows up.

She tells Wanda that the true test, an entity known as Chaos, is coming soon. Chaos manifests itself as the one thing that Wanda fears the most: her past. I know that sounds a little cliché and hokey, but the Scarlet Witch has been through a lot. All of her past friends and enemies show up to attack her and as she fights her way through, she feels herself aging more and more.

Just as everything is going dark and she thinks this is the end, the path is lit and she realizes she made it through the test okay. Her mom shows up to tell her that she’s not yet at the end of the Road, but she’s about to enter its next form.

I thought we got some great Wanda moments in this issue, especially when we see that Wanda is truly over her past. Even though it’s what she fears the most, she defeats it easily enough and keeps moving forward. Jonathan Marks-Barravecchia’s art started off a little weak in my mind, but it got better as the issue went along.

This marks the second good issue in a row from James Robinson and the next artist up in the rotation. It’s been a long ride as we work our way to finally getting some answers about what is infecting witchcraft, but it seems like we’re finally getting there.

Bits and Pieces:

For the second month in a row, the art and story come together to create a solid issue. We get some character progression for Wanda and plenty of magical action. Really, that’s all I ask for.


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