Scarlet Witch #3 Review

Scarlet Witch #3
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Steve Dillon and Chris Visions
Colors: Frank Martin and Chris Visions
Letters: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel

Wanda Maxinoff, the Scarlet Witch continues her journey of atonement for her past sins as she uses her abilities and gifts as a paranormal investigator.  Through previous issues we’ve learned that magic in the world is in chaos and it is revealed who is at fault here.  This issue continues Wanda’s quest to solve this mystery and find this person through one shot mystery stories.

James Robinson’s writing is incredibly solid in this series thus far.  By writing one shot engaging mystery stories with an intriguing overarching story it leaves me in desperation to find out what happens next.  It’s very well paced and he knows just how much to give the reader of the continuing story to keep the readers interest without overshadowing the one shot.

Robinson has turned Scarlet Witch into a real definable character.  Before she was a supporting character who was featured in multiple important stories within the Marvel Universe, however she was always kept in the background and more defined by what she has done rather than who she is as a character.  In this series Wanda has completely come into her own as she asserts her abilities and strengths by using her talents when trouble arises.  She is confident in her skills, knowledgeable in the mystic arts, determined in her mission, and doesn’t become distraught but is rather undeterred when confronted and reminded of her past.

By giving us definable character traits as well as a consequence that Wanda is suffering from for using her magic for atonement, which I will not spoil, Robinson has made Scarlet Witch a character we can become invested in.

If there is any downside to this issue it would have to be the artwork.  Each issue in this series is going to have different artist, with this issue the artwork in fact is done by two different teams with the vast majority done by penciler Steve Dillon and colorist Frank Martin, while the final two pages are done entirely by Chris Visions.

Dillon and Martin’s work isn’t bad by any means but its just a step down from the previous first two issues.  Past artist were able to build incredible atmosphere, use wonderful shadows, and capitalize on the fact that this is a book centered around witchcraft.  This art team here I believe is just out of place here.  In a way it feels very standard and belongs in another book that is grounded in the mundane rather then the fantastical.

However the final two pages by Chris Visions are glorious.  With detailed pencils and vivid colors it’s a visual pleasure.  He takes full advantage of the witchcraft theme and the name Visions is absolutely appropriate.

Overall, Scarlet Witch #3 is a worthy follow up in an intriguing series.  The well written character driven story makes it an absolute joy to read and I can’t wait for the next months issue.

Score: 4 out of 5

Review by Eric Bradach



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