Monday, January 9, 2017

Scarlet Witch #14 Review - Marvel Monday

Maiden, Mother, and Crone

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Shawn Crystal, Chris Brunner and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Wanda has finally found her mother, well her mother’s spirit anyway, and is working alongside her and Agatha to cure witchcraft. After battling through Witches’ Road last issue, they’ve reached the end and are ready to confront whatever lies ahead. Let’s find out what they see as they continue their journey.

Throughout this magical flying trip, Wanda is trying to talk to Natalya about things, but her mom just keeps blowing her off and telling her to focus on the task ahead. Agatha does point out a fact that I sometimes forget as well, that magic can exist on any planet in the universe, and this is where the goddess of all magic lives.

After encountering some aimless ones who are sent to wear them down, Wanda goes on ahead to save herself some precious few spells. When she reaches the Goddess of All Witches, she sees that Chaos is binding the goddess and making her sick.

Wanda starts battling Chaos but is aging so fast it doesn’t appear she’s going to finish the job, but Natalya and Agatha show up just in time to help her combat Chaos. They find that they still aren’t strong enough to defeat Chaos, they stop fighting as three witches and instead combine their power to fight as witches three, whatever that means.

They still can’t defeat Chaos, so Natalya summons Wanda’s brother, Quicksilver, to use the kinetic energy he creates when he runs to somehow control their magic and defeat Chaos. I don’t really get it, but it works so yay! However, the goddess is still sick and dying, so Natalya saves her by offering up her own soul.

We end the issue with Wanda de-aged back to her normal look and Agatha brought back from the dead. Natalya told Wanda as she was being absorbed that the High Revolutionary didn’t kill her, but actually her father. So I’m guessing Wanda’s next job is going to be to figure out who her father is, but I have no idea.

I didn’t really like the pencils throughout this issue, but I loved the work that Chris Brunner did on colors. He made the fight scenes look tremendous and without him, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to tell what was going on.

Bits and Pieces:

While the rest of the series has been a slow burn, this conclusion felt rushed and left me without much idea of where the series is going next. After two great issues, this one fell a little flat for me, despite how much we got to see Wanda using her powers.


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