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Sunday, September 18, 2022 

Much too late for a new Scarlet Witch solo series

Collider announced there's another Scarlet Witch solo comic series soon to make its debut, way past the era it could've meant something:
There are things in this world that we should all want and one of those things just happened to be solo runs for the Scarlet Witch and when you ask, Marvel answers! The popular anti-hero who last made her live-action in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has continued to gain notoriety among fans, and now will star in a solo run by Steve Orlando and drawn by Sara Pichelli.
Now what's this we're being fed here? Or, who are these fans they speak of? Yet another example of misleading the reader outside comicdom into thinking Wanda Maximoff was always some crazy villainess underneath a facade who never reformed and joined the good side instead, as Scarlet Witch and her twin brother Quicksilver did in 1965, when they joined the Avengers. It doesn't improve with the following:
Wanda Maximoff's status as a hero is...murky at best. She goes back and forth between a hero who works with the Avengers to an antagonist who is too consumed by her powers and lashes out with them. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we got a taste of how bad it can get when she's not fully in control and that was nothing compared to comic Wanda's history. So getting to have this new run where Wanda is a hero is amazing!
But this does nothing to alleviate the notion they're making it sound like Wanda's comic history from 1964 to the present was actually a lot of evil personality and scheming. Not so at all, but this magazine predictably obscures anything clear or exact. They're building their whole allegation off of one single moment in Avengers West Coast from 1990 where, after losing the magically constructed children she ostensibly birthed with the Vision - whose romantic feelings for her were erased with a program - she turns into a sobber, and then a crazy schemer who attacks her fellow teammates at one point, all before we find out it was Mephisto's machinations that drove her that way. Also worth considering is that John Byrne, who initially penned the story (and even depicted Wanda going short-haired, something he did with at least 2 other women he'd written in Alpha Flight and Fantastic Four), left before it was completed, and left it to Roy Thomas, following his return to Marvel after working at DC for several years, to finish the story arc. Pure disgrace Collider won't research any of this.

Anyway, the last Scarlet Witch solo book that was worth reading was a 4-part miniseries from 1994 by Dan Abnett, which I own somewhere in my pamphlet collection. These newer takes look so PC, it's no use buying them, and the movies practically cast a pall over the proceedings, based on the negative perception of Wanda they can foster.

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