Scarlet Witch #6 Writer: James Robinson Artist: Marguerite Sauvage Letters: Cory Petit Cover Artist: David Aja Publisher: Marvel
After some minor hiccups a couple issues prior, James Robison’s Scarlet Witch gets back on track with its sixth installment.
Seeking atonement for her past sins, Wanda Maximoff continues traveling around the globe and uses her talents to help others. Solving magical crimes and protecting people from the threats of the fantastical. However, witchcraft and the use of her hex powers comes with a price. Every spell that Wanda casts, she ages and time is running out for her to stop the culprit behind disjointing witchcraft. It’s a sacrifice that she’s willing to make though in order to achieve her goal and it’s greatly emphasized in this issue.
The Scarlet Witch has traveled to Paris in search of France’s greatest hero, Le Peregrine, Alain Racine. The beloved son of France has lost his ability to fly and it seems to be due to a hardship that Wanda can both sympathize and relate to, losing a loved one and feeling at fault. In Racine’s case he lost his wife Adele, while he was off in a scuffle protecting other people and blames himself for not being there to protect the woman he loves. Wanda then uses her powers regardless of the damage being done to her, to help him see that he can’t put that weight on his shoulders.
Le Peregrine’s full story in context definitely packs an emotional punch and is told in a poetic flashback. While the issue seems to digress from the overlying plot, it’s an extremely well executed one-shot that allows our protagonist to grow. Anyone that knows the history of Wanda Maximoff knows that she’s an incredibly damage, broken, and tortured character. She knows what it’s like to suffer the lost of loved ones but has learned to overcome it and is invested in helping Racine through his misfortune.
Along with atonement, Robinson also explores the theme of sacrifice in this issue. I don’t want to spoil how it’s used but in the scene where it’s put in the forefront, you get the combining feelings of grief, rage, and then finish with contempt. It’s impressively effective and becomes another strong moment for Wanda.
One of the highlights of this series and elements that increases my anticipation for each issue is the artwork. Every issue in this series has a different artist come to the helm and it has yet to be a disappointment. For issue number six, Marguerite Sauvage is up to the task and this is probably the most visually pleasing installment yet. While the line work is top notch, it’s the colors that go beyond the standards of flawless. Sauvage is able to convey a tone and mood of dark, grim, uncanny, eerie, and grief throughout the book. The various palettes really shine when Wanda uses her hex powers in her attempts to relieve Alain Racine of his gilt. The bright pastels to create the fog are mesmerizing and an absolute treat for the eyes. This is a book that you’ll definitely take your time to read in order to simply to admire the visuals.
Scarlet Witch #6 is a overwhelmingly satisfying read on top of being visually engaging. The emotional turmoils and shifts will grab your attention and the character moments are captivating. The various color palettes and soft hues look fantastic and really help the foreground standout. Marguerite Sauvage is able to bring a sense of elegance to the story. This is a series that warrants its slow burn because the one-shot stories are so well executed.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach