Monday, February 27, 2017

Scarlet Witch #15 Review - Marvel Monday

She’s Back And She’s Better Than Ever

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Vanesa Del Rey, Jordie Bellaire and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Review by: Josh Vermillion

After an issue last month that was packed full of story, I’m not entirely sure where we’re heading with the Scarlet Witch. This is seemingly the final issue in the series, so let’s see how James Robinson ends his run and where he leaves Wanda for the the future.

For our final issue, we get a one-off story of Wanda helping a family with a possessed son. What starts off as a run of the mill possession story quickly develops into a deeper story with connections to Wanda’s past enemies. After battling this demon that isn’t actually a demon, Wanda saves the boy and returns him to his parent. It turns out the Emerald Warlock, Declan Dane, is beginning to gather his power again after the Scarlet Witch defeated him earlier in the series.

After helping the family and saying goodbye to the alive-again Agatha, Wanda is revealed to be meeting with The Vision. It’s probably a little awkward for her given their past history, but she is here with a purpose. She wants to rejoin the Avengers.

The art in this issue looked great at times and looked subpar at times. I loved the panels where Wanda used magic, but some of the other sections, especially the faces, seemed a little off to me. Jordie Bellaire did a great job on the colors, but Vanesa Del Rey didn’t blow me away.

Wanda has a very complicated history, and she is just beginning to learn the truth about her lineage. While I would love to find out more about her past and see her kick some more ass with her magic, I thought the series ended pretty well. Wanda has shown throughout the series to have gained a new peace of mind about herself and seems to be mentally stable enough to take on a bigger role in the Marvel Universe. I only hope that another writer doesn’t come along and use her as nothing more than a pawn to reset the universe… again.

Bits and Pieces:

I thought this story was a little unnecessary to get to the conclusion, but I’ve really enjoyed the series as a whole. James Robinson gave Scarlet Witch a new purpose and a new outlook on her place within the Marvel Universe. I didn’t always love the changing artists, but I can look past that and appreciate the fact that Wanda Maximoff has been changed for the better.


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