Scarlet Witch #4 Review

Scarlet Witch #4
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Chris Visions and Steve Dillon 
Colors: Chris Visions and Vero Gandini
Letters: Cory Petit
Cover: David Aja
Publisher: Marvel

Witchcraft continues be under attack and Wanda, the Scarlet Witch along with her deceased friend and mentor, Agatha Harkness have their first confrontation with whom is behind this decoration of war.  Declan Dane, the Emerald Warlock, as revealed in a previous issue is attempting to drain the life of those who practice this sorcery to add on to his own power.

Before this confrontation takes place however the comic first addresses the cliffhanger from the final page of issue #3.  As Scarlet Witch entered the Witches’ Road she stumbles upon another woman who calls herself the Scarlet Witch.  The actual reveal of who this woman is and how she is able to interact with Wanda is intriguing and it’ll be interesting to see where the introduction of this character leads.  To  whom this character actual is, her relevance to Wanda, and he history behind her is a solid tool and groundwork for writer James Robinson to build off of.

Once again Robinson does a solid job of developing the character of Wanda in this issue.  We see Scarlet Witch coming more and more into her own and asserting authority over those who stand before her.  There is a moment when confronting Declan when all hope seems lost for her until she’s able to turn the tide against the Emerald Warlock.  This scene is a strong character moment and exemplifies how cleaver and confident a character Wanda has become.

However when the Emerald Warlock’s motivations are revealed, it’s fairly disappointing and is extraordinarily weak for what the first 3 issues seemed to be building up to.  This issue brings everything into perspective, which calls for an abundance of exposition and explaining that unfortunately brings the plot to an abrupt halt.  It would have been better execution had Robinson spread all this information in various drops throughout the story.

As like the previous issue, this comic takes place in both Ireland and the Witches’ Road but in reverse.  Issue #4 spends the vast majority of its time within the Witches’ Road with only the final pages in Ireland.  Chris Visions again takes on all the artwork of the Witches’s Road and again kills it.  His sketchy style is absolutely perfect for a mystical realm as not everything is entirely clear, he leaves some elements in the mystery.  The colors give a great sense of atmosphere and some panels are beyond mesmerizing.  Visions’ takes full advantage of the theme of witchcraft and it makes for some fantastic visuals.

Steve Dillon again pencils Ireland, this time with Vero Gandini on colors and they do a solid job of giving the Emerald Isle a sense of standard realism.  It adds more to the vibe of how mystical and fantastical the Witches’ Road is.

What also needs to be noted that I had forgotten to mention in my review of issue #3 was the cover.  As the series is having a rotation of different artist for the interior, David Aja has designed every cover of the the series thus far.  Every one of them has been glorious and issue #4 is probably the finest one yet.  The image embraces a vibe of loneliness and has great use of negative space.

Final Verdict

Scarlet Witch #4 is a but of a mix bag as it’s solid yet disappointing for one of the best Marvel series that doesn’t much hype around it.  While James Robinson does another solid job of delivering payoff from last issues cliffhanger, developing the character of Scarlet Witch, and will make readers cheer for the series protagonist; the motivation behind the Emerald Warlock for declaring war on witchcraft is too weak and the issue spews a lot of exposition at the expense of plot momentum.  Chris Visions artwork fortunately is killer and he takes full advantage of the set ups that Robinson gives him.  A mixed bag?  Yes but the positives out way the negatives.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

Review by Eric Bradach

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