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Monday, August 17, 2020 

Jim Zub fortunately respects Scarlet Witch

I may not agree with everything the comics writer Jim Zub says, or approve of the people he's working for at Marvel. But if there's something he's doing right, it's recognizing Scarlet Witch, one of Stan Lee's most notable creations, as a heroine: And when somebody points out how Jonathan Hickman's been depicting Scarlet Witch as a lethal villainess in the X-Men franchise, Zub replied: Well I'm glad he didn't allow Hickman's Bendis-derived angle dictate how to characterize Scarlet Witch in his stories. If that's how Wanda's portrayed in X-Men, which again, is worse than turning Moira MacTaggart from ordinary human with no superpowers to mutant with an awfully silly one, than it'd be better if Hickman's stories weren't regarded as canon. So while I'm galled with most of the people Zub's working for at Marvel, I will give him a congratulation for avoiding the rock bottom errors made with Wanda in the past, made by people with an obsession with either forcibly turning heroes into villains, or forcibly reverting reformed crooks back to a criminal role. It took about 8 years before Bendis finally undid the bad direction he went in with Wanda Maximoff, and 8 years too many. And even then, the harm he did to the MCU didn't stop, mainly because the mainstream media continues to give people like him a free pass.

If we were to critique the art Zub provided, the only problem I have with that is if it's muted in terms of how sexy Wanda can look. If Marvel's still maintaining a mandate where they now cause a situation in which an artist's freedom is stifled, of course that's still very bad. I think back to when George Perez drew Wanda smoking hot, and what I see here, even if not the worst, still pales beside the far better job Perez did over 2 decades ago.

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