There is a door that appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to.
On the other side of this door is the witchcraft shop.
Friend or foe, human or otherwise – if your need is great and your hope is gone, there you will meet the Scarlet Witch!
Wanda Maximoff is familiar with hitting rock bottom – and now that she’s finally found peace, she’s pledged all her power to help others who are languishing at their lowest.
But when a woman falls through Wanda’s door with a terrifying story of a town gone mad, the Scarlet Witch will have to muster her wits and chaos magic to deal with an insidious threat!
COMICONIt’s time for the ‘Scarlet Witch’ to reclaim her place as an A-List hero, doing what heroes do in a truly magnificent magical sort of way. Everything about this debut issue works, as the creative team showcases their love for this character and her place within the Marvel Universe, crafting a new mission and space for her that lets her stand on her own while also keeping her most important relationships intact.
ComicBook.comFrom the second this Scarlet Witch series was first announced, it was clear that it would be something distinct – not only Wanda's first (well-deserved) solo book in nearly a decade, but the first title to reckon with how she has been interpreted on the big screen. The team of Steve Orlando, Sara Pichelli, and company take that task and have fun with it, crafting a timeless and spellbinding look at Wanda's new status quo. It's an understatement to say that Wanda has a legacy—on the page, screen, and otherwise—like no other, and Scarlet Witch #1 is an excellent addition to that.
But Why Tho?Scarlet Witch #1 finally returns Wanda Maximoff to her heroic roots as she tackles the mystical threats of the Marvel Universe. Not only is this a perfect intro for new comic book readers, but it’s also the story that longtime Scarlet Witch fans have been clamoring for. Whatever side of the street you’re on, you’ll want to pick this book up and get lost in the magic.
You Don't Read ComicsThe Last Door is such a simple idea that it almost seems like it’s TOO easy. What could be simpler than Wanda and Darcy and the door? New adventures will pop through the door every couple of months or so. It’s nice and tidy. No need for any greater complexity. Themes can spin out in 1-2 issue arcs. Lots of different things can be explored. It all feels so well-defined right from the first issue. The challenge is going to lie in keeping the form from overwhelming the emotional center of the series.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Orlando crafts an entertaining and engaging story for Wanda in this first issue. I like seeing the character in this environment and with a sense of purpose. The series seems poised to create some intriguing adventures for Wanda and I am enjoying how the character is utilized. Orlando creates some great moments for her and I look forward to seeing where the story goes next. The Art: Pichelli delivers some beautiful art in the first issue. The characters are dynamic and the world of the story is beautifully detailed and visually dynamic.
The Comicbook DispatchSCARLET WITCH #1 is a promising first issue. It’s light on character development, but that isn’t a huge drawback. There are enough character moments to drive curiosity in future issues, and it avoids continuity messiness that is as likely to turn readers off as it is to engage them. What really drives the series’ potential is the concept of the Last Door. Making it untethered from specific corners of the Marvel universe (magic, mutants, cosmic, etc.) keeps storytelling possibilities remain wide open. The series’ only real limit is how imaginative Orlando can be when it comes to the characters stepping through that door.
Major SpoilersThe real joy of Scarlet Witch #1 is expertly leveraging the insanity of Wanda’s sixty-year publishing history into real human emotion (including the wonderfully vivid line, “Apologies for my Italian… I did learn it from a demon”) and believable situations among the unbelievable, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. If that’s not enough, there’s the mystery of Darcy’s back story, the promise of more of the rare and elusive non-insane Quicksilver, and the last page appearance of a character with a lot of significance to the history of Scarlet Witch.
First Comics NewsWanda Maximoff gets her own series that finds her going solo and I have to say, it’s really good! She’s got a fresh start and using her powers for good, Steve Orlando does a good job when it comes to giving Wanda such a strong voice that shows her confidence all while reminding the readers that she isn’t the woman that caused total havoc during “Avengers: Disassembled”‘ Sara Pichelli once again delivers in the art as it is breathtaking and compliments Orlando’s writing with sheer perfection and the fact that we get the comic book debut of Darcy Lewis is a perfect way to expand Wanda’s supporting cast (Even though Quicksilver makes an appearance); The supernatural and the superhero factor mesh well together and in my honest opinion, this is a Wanda Maximoff that fans have been waiting on and the creative team delivered that in space but with a touch of flair. Who needs the MCU version when the comic book version is soaring to new heights.
Monkeys Fighting RobotsPichelli’s art and Orlando’s story give the book an Edgar Allen Poe / Charlotte Brontë feel. A dark romance novel full of emotion and fear. (...) This isn’t a blockbuster movie, heavy on CGI and special effects. SCARLET WITCH #1 is an emotional story with action, not the other way around. SCARLET WITCH #1 is a must-buy, and I’m excited for the next issue.
Sequential PlanetScarlet Witch #1 is an enjoyable read created by people who not only understand the character of Wanda as she is, but in terms of who she needs to be and where she needs to go.
AIPTScarlet Witch is a good comic that approaches its characters with care and respect. Every scene has a deeply human aspect as we peer into a magical adventure of people doing their best and unpacking incredible mysteries. Scarlet Witch is memorable due to its heartfelt characters and fantastic magical abilities on display.
Comic WatchSteve Orlando and Sara Pichelli kick off the Scarlet Witch’s new book, and it’s beautiful. Sara out does herself here, giving Wanda and her world this old world flair, something you’d see in a movie, like the Never-ending Story, or Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, while Matthew Wilson’s colors pop. I especially like that he renders Wanda and Pietro with a darker hue, paying tribute to their Romani heritage. While the story’s villains are rather unremarkable, Orlando’s new role for Wanda in the Marvel Universe could create a rather unique niche that we’ve never had before.
Henchman-4-HireThis first issue does everything right and it does everything well to set up a new status quo for Wanda and show us a comic worth reading. Consider me on board to check this series out going forward.
Impulse GamerWell worth a look if you are a fan of this character and want to see her have her own series.
Comic Book RevolutionSteve Orlando and Sara Pichelli hit all the notes that fans want to get from a first issue of a new series. We get the new status quo for Wanda Maximoff established, Scarlet Witch being a superhero, and a hook ending for an even bigger story for the next issue to pick up on. That is all an strong first impression by Scarlet Witch #1 that will leave fans wanting to read more.
Geek'd OutTo Orlando’s credit, Scarlet Witch #1 feels like a proper number one, telling a complete, standalone story that wraps up by the end while also sowing seeds for future issues. Number ones are difficult! You have to introduce the audience to the status quo of the series and set their expectations while also making it a satisfying read that doesn’t leave them feeling like it’s an incomplete story-in-progress. I think this issue passes that metric excellently. A keen reader may even notice its resemblance to the plot of WandaVision, which has to be intentional given that Darcy Lewis (an MCU favorite and WV costar) finally makes her Earth-616 debut here as Wanda’s employee and assistant. #SorcererSupremeDarcy? Scarlet Witch #1 also boasts the superstar art team of Sara Pichelli and Matthew Wilson, which really makes for some stellar visuals. The Emporium shop feels lived in and cozy, while the various acts of magic come across as appropriately otherworldly. When dealing with magical subject matter, the limit truly doesn’t exist, and I hope they get even weirder and weirder with it as the series progresses. (Another point of appreciation: Wanda and her brother Pietro are both depicted with deeper skin tones befitting their traveler heritage, which is often overlooked by color artists in their various other appearances. Details!)
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseA decent opening salvo that gets readers caught up on who the Scarlet Witch is as well as her new status quo. Big draw was Darcy Lewis’ debut. Art was solid as well. An entertaining first foray from this new series.