Scarlet Witch #9

by Ryan.L on August 10, 2016

Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Joelle Jones
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Publisher: Marvel Comics
To start off with this is a Civil War II tie-in issue, but after reading it honestly it’s way more than a tie-in issue. Many times when we get a major event from one of the big comic companies you get these tie-in issues that usually are not very good and you can totally skip them. This one however should not be missed! I was absolutely blown away by this issue.
Yes, this book connects to Civil War II but it also can stand on its own as a pinnacle moment in the relationship between siblings Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Since the start of this series James Robinson has been taking Wanda on an incredible journey of discovery. She has been learning more about herself and also becoming more comfortable with her powers. Wanda is not the same woman who decimated the mutant population and killed many of her Avenger teammates. She is so much stronger and confident and this issue really shows that.
Pietro and Wanda have always had a very close relationship. With Civil War II happening in the background we really get to see this relationship put to the test. One thing anyone who has read any book with Pietro in it knows he is very bossy, rude and pretty much full of himself. This isn’t any different in his relationship with Wanda. But this Wanda is not the same as that scared little girl.
What Robinson has delivered in my opinion is a perfect book displaying how to stand up to bullying even if that bully is a family member. To stand tall and proud of who you are and what you believe in, and don’t let people take advantage of you. It’s not every day we get a comic that delivers such a strong social message, and I applaud the creative team for their efforts on this issue.  Robinson has also especially with this issue taken me from liking the Scarlet Witch to now being a major fan of her. She is becoming a strong female remodel thanks to Robinson and I can’t wait to see where he takes her next.
Joelle Jones art mixed with Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors just add to this already outstanding issue. Every page is just absolutely gorgeous and just pulls you right in. Jones manages to really capture the emotion and intensity in this story that you feel you are right there. The Scarlet Witch series has had a new artist on every issue, but I think Jones’s art is by far my favourite so far, and I wouldn’t be disappointed if she became the main artist on the series.
I can’t express how much I recommend everyone pick up this issue. Even if you haven’t been following this series or Civil War II this is an issue not to be missed. So where do Pietro and Wanda go from here? We don’t know, but one thing we do know is that the Scarlet Witch is not a pushover anymore.


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