Wanda Maximoff is no stranger to grief, so when Viv Vision stumbles through Wanda’s door, exhausted and terrified of the nightmares playing her mother’s death on repeat, Wanda dives into Viv’s dreams to find the cause of the android’s suffering.
And it turns out Viv isn’t alone in her mind… Scarlet Witch faces off against DREAMQUEEN in a reality-bending battle for Viv’s freedom!
PLUS! This issue includes a special super-heroic back-up story featuring Scarlet Witch and Storm celebrating Black History Month!
ComicBook.comOnly two issues in, Scarlet Witch has settled into a delightful and well-executed rhythm, which just might give way to one of Marvel's best books in years. This issue centers on a crossing of paths between Wanda and Viv, providing some long-awaited closure regarding their unconventional family dynamic. That tale provides another largely-episodic, brilliantly-crafted story from Orlando, Pichelli, and company, which tees up just enough intrigue for what's to come. The backup story from Williams, Allen, and company is equally excellent, uniting Wanda and Storm in a heartfelt adventure. If you aren't already reading this new era of Scarlet Witch, you owe it to yourself to change that.
But Why Tho?Scarlet Witch #2delivers a marvelous tale of mutants, machines, and magic, and continues to impress. I highly suggest adding this series to your pull listit's got something for everyone.
You Don't Read ComicsThe Last Door continues to be a fun idea, but the conflict at the center of the main story is more than interesting enough to carry itself without the narrative gimmick. Families get hopelessly complicated in the Marvel Universe, and Wandas family is one of the more complicated by far. Orlando manages to deliver a fun adventure that also provides a remarkably intimate look into the psyche of a casually dark practitioner of magic.
COMICONWanda Maximoff’s magical return to the realms of heroism continues as the second issue of ‘Scarlet Witch’ doesn’t lose a beat following that fantastic debut issue, continuing to redefine the character and showcase a deep love for the Marvel Universe as a whole. Simply a delight from start to finish, colorful and gorgeous work that propels the character to the heights she deserves.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Orlando delivers an entertaining and engaging story with great humor and character mixed in. I love the conflict between Wanda and Viv and their complicated relationship makes the moments between them more interesting. The adventure elements work insanely well and make me appreciate the character of Wanda more. I love the banter between Wanda and Darcy and am excited to see more of her story develop. The Art: Pichelli delivers stunning imagery throughout the issue. The visual style is perfect for the tone of the story and its characters and enhances the world of the Scarlet Witch beautifully.
The Comicbook DispatchSCARLET WITCH #2 continues to re-establish Wanda as a fully realized character in her own right, jettisoning much of her difficult history. The way Wanda defeats Dreamscape is representative of that. The issue also shows off how individual stories with random people coming through the Last Door can further inform Wanda. Orlando can use these one-off plots to reveal nuances about Wandas character via how she responds to those shes helping. This is another very successful issue in a fledgling and compelling new series.
AIPTWanda's solo series continues to explore her connections to the Marvel Universe.
Comic WatchSteve Orlando serves up a solid issue, stacked with character development, while Sara Pichellis work here elevates the story. This issue might not have landed as deftly as it did with an artist not of Saras caliber. The teams creating an atmosphere thats rich, and full of intrigue, as they give Wanda this new role in the greater universe. Hopefully well see some action in the coming issues, as thats been missing with these first two issues. We also get a Scarlet Witch and Storm team up by Stephanie Williams and Chris Allen thats bound to impress old and new fans of these two very formidable women.
Sequential PlanetScarlet Witch #3 is out next month and looks to begin something of an arc for the series. I'm all for it, but I hope the creative team does not lose sight of how well the current structure is working.
Comic Book RevolutionFor as enjoyable as the first issue was Steve Orlando and Sara Pichelli improve on it in every way with Scarlet Witch #2. Continuing the storytelling in a one-shot style with the overarching narrative of how Wanda Maximoff is reestablishing her life has been a great choice. Not only that but we are treated to an additional Scarlet Witch and Storm team-up story by Stephanie Williams and Chris Allen that was a great surprise. It all comes together that after two issues Scarlet Witch is already one of the best comic books Marvel is currently publishing.
The Fandom PostThe backup story involving Storm isn’t bad at all but I’m not a fan of backup stories in general. I’d rather see the page/price go to the actual book itself but Marvel is doing a lot of stuff with backup stories these days again and it’s just not my thing. The main book works quite well as Orlando really nails the pacing for it while Pichelli’s designs are strong throughout in capturing the mood and atmosphere. It’s not a big swashbuckling action work but it has some great big moments and delivers on them really well through the overall design. I’m curious to see where things will go with Darcy but that’s already feeling like it’s too big of a story compared to the smaller things we’re dealing with so far. I’m hopeful that Orlando can navigate all of this well enough.
Henchman-4-HireThis is just a fun issue that fully embraces the new series and the characters being used. It touches on the relationship between Wanda and Viv, while paying fine attention to their continuity. The issue puts Darcy to good use, making her into an excellent supporting character. And Wanda is just plain fun. She’s a superhero, she’s been given a fun new status quo to warrant this series, and she’s being put to great use seeing it through. This is what I like in a new superhero solo series. Put the hero to good work, give them a clearly defined status quo and story, and just keep telling good stories with them and their supporting cast. And that’s what Scarlet Witch has delivered in its second issue.
Major SpoilersWhen your biggest complaint is that the first issue was great and this one is only very good, you've still got an entertaining read on your hands.