GOD VS. WITCH!
When Loki’s mountain giant cousin comes through the Last Door desperate to secure the right to rule his people, the Scarlet Witch agrees to confront the King of Jotunheim. But things are never what they seem with Loki, God of Stories, and when the truth comes out, sparks just might fly! Meanwhile, Hexfinder’s plan is revealed…and those closest to Wanda can no longer be trusted.
ComicBook.comScarlet Witch is easily the most consistent book in Marvel's arsenal managing to deliver a top-notch story that subverts expectations in all the right ways. In this latest issue, Wanda's newest mission puts her toe-to-toe with Loki, and Steve Orlando's script delivers a shining portrait of each of their unconventional comic histories. Lorenzo Tammetta and Sara Pichelli's art is absolutely seamless, and Frank William's colors are especially gorgeous. If you're somehow not reading Scarlet Witch yet, use this week's issue as an opportunity to fix that.
The Comicbook DispatchThis is an absolutely charming issue. The plot elements are secondary (and feel somewhat insubstantial) compared to the interaction between Loki and Wanda. SCARLET WITCH #8 showcases the series’ strength in character exploration. It is an outstanding issue and wonderful for new readers to check out.
COMICONChaos and mischief swirl together as ‘Scarlet Witch’ #8 spins a web of a potentially twisted love story, digging deep into the people behind the literal and figurative masks. Another compelling colorful entry in this series that is among the top titles that are being published by Marvel currently. Wanda fans are living the good life right now.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Orlando crafts a truly fun and engaging story in this issue. A showdown between Wanda and Loki is always compelling and to have it come down to them both telling the truth and reliving their own trauma was perfectly executed. The Joseph factor is interesting as well and I enjoyed seeing him attempt to grow closer to Wanda while also keeping himself guarded. Something that adds extra drama to the issue that makes me excited for what comes next. The Art: Tammetta and Pichelli deliver fantastic art throughout the issue. The visuals are filled with great action and thrills as well as some tender moments with the characters, especially the moments between Wanda and Loki.
The Fandom PostWhile the artwork takes a minor hit at times because there aren’t a lot of backgrounds in Jotunheim, it’s at least nicely creative as Loki and Wanda spar with words as it’s presented like a dance for the two to engage in. And that leans into a good look that’s at least balanced by the other areas where we do get some action or some more traditional pages. I like the look of the book but it’s not trying to be a conventional action-oriented Marvel comic, which is in its favor. Each issue continues to be like it’s own vignette and that comes through both with the story and artwork for it all. There’s a good What If? story that can come from this in exploring what this pairing would be like but I’m glad it’s presented as it is here and kept as a one-off thing in terms of potential as part of the verbal fight.
Comic WatchAnother solid issue with regards to Wanda’s character, but we are still plagued with a lack of action. Sure, it was a tad brilliant to have two titans of magic literally dance together, but I’d love to see what Steve and Lorenzo would have cooked up between the two.
Major SpoilersThe deep cuts of continuity, as well as the impressive amount of attention given to the duel sequence, make Scarlet Witch #8 well worth your time and attention, with its clever premise and well-done art pulling together for a very memorable comic book experience. I’m actually surprised at how little attention is being paid to this hidden gem in Marvel’s monthly catalogue, as this creative team has completely reinvented Wanda Maximoff, making her a top-tier player in both power and presentation, and it’s a development whose time has absolutely come.
Henchman-4-HireThis is a pretty cut and dry Scarlet Witch issue, which means it’s very creative, very curious and has some neat “action”. I love that truth battle between Loki and Scarlet Witch. It was a little silly at first, but Orlando made it work in the end, with Wanda securing a quality win. And it obviously worked for the two characters. Loki and Scarlet Witch are such popular figures these days, a crossover was inevitable, and Orlando found a great way to have them play off one another in something unique and fun to read. Gotta love that.
Comic Book RevolutionEven with Scarlet Witch #8 being the weakest issue of Steve Orlando’s run there is still a lot of solid character work with Wanda Maximoff’s character. For fans that wanted to be sold on a possible romance between Scarlet Witch and Loki that is certainly here for you. The ending further lifts the overall story with the promise it has for the immediate future of this series.