Scarlet Witch #1
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Scarlet Witch #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Vanesa Del Rey Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 23
6.7Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Witchcraft is broken - and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place? Written by Eisner Award winner JAMES ROBINSON, with covers by Eisner Award winner DAVID AJA with the first issue drawn by fan-favorite VANESA DEL REY!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 17, 2015

    Wanda Maximoff is back in action and seems to have been added to Marvel's street-level group of heroes, with an arcane slant. Interfacing with the NYPD and working on a crime with a mystical element I'm seeing a side of her that I've not seen explored much in the past. Typically she has been seen with the Avengers or X-Men facing much larger scale menaces, I'm really enjoying this take on her character where she gets the spotlight to herself and is facing threats that are much more in her wheelhouse as one of the preeminent magic users of the Marvel Universe. Art, writing, and color came together in this debut issue to make it comic book perfection to my eyes. I'm looking forward to more from this team, Scarlet Witch is a winner for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Dec 7, 2015

    I'd most certainly recommend Scarlet Witch #1 to any reader, new or old. If you love Wanda like I do, this was a great change of pace from her stories of late. However, the narrative isnt one that relies too heavily on canon. This issue seriously felt like a fresh start, so its a great point to begin to know Wanda if youve never read her or about her. There are subtle nods to her past, but all directions point toward a future as an independent character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 11, 2015

    Scarlet Witch feels like a fully developed character here instead of a pretty plot device: instead of making clich powers seem vague but enormous, they're now much more defined and understandable"with some historical references to instances of "witchcraft", no less"paired with an overwhelming desire to make good on the mistakes she's made (which also, taken slightly autobiographically, has some deeper resonance within Robinson's work, as well). Aside from being a fitting companion book to the more high-profile Doctor Strange (because a character getting his own movie is gonna get dat marketing boost, of course), Scarlet Witch is a compelling read all on its own, permitting Wanda (and perhaps her Mr. Robinson) a little well-earned absolution. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 14, 2015

    A lot of comics chase the feeling of '90s supernatural titles, but few have captured it like Scarlet Witch #1 has. Employing a defined sense of emotional intelligence, as well as a more horror leaning plot and fantastically wicked visuals, this new solo debut is sure to strike a chord with Wanda's legion of fans as well as readers who want something more than tights and fights from their superhero comics. Wanda may have been a danger to herself and others in the past, but now she is back on the scene and looking for redemption in the dark places of New York. Let's hope she finds it before someone or something finds her first. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 9, 2015

    Scarlet Witch #1 is a comic with a lot of promise. It's premise and creative team deliver a solid first issue, albeit one that could have used a more challenging editorial hand. Wanda Maximoff's voice has never been stronger though, and as long as the depiction of her adventures remains this compelling, it will be worthwhile seeing where she goes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 7, 2015

    The first issue is ok, and I enjoyed reading it, but for me, the key is to see where it goes and how it differentiates itself from other series, embracing the character's complicated past, while forging its individual path. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Dec 8, 2015

    Scarlet Witch #1 starts a tough road to rehabilitating and reestablishing a much-maligned and battered character. In doing so, it falls into some standard tropes while doing things just differently enough to keep our interest. Kind of like the character herself. It's hard to tell if rotating artists will be the book's triumph or downfall, as the practice could be appreciated by those looking to broaden their horizons, but ignored by readers who crave consistency. If only Wanda's powers could still alter probabilities. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Paul Manzato Dec 12, 2015

    Overall, no I wasn't terribly thrilled with this first issue, but I wasn't totally disappointed either. I am very excited to see Wanda in her own book and I am looking forward to see where this quest to fix witchcraft takes her next. I do hope things pick up and things get more original to set this title apart. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Brandon Davenport Dec 14, 2015

    Despite my relatively minor gripes, I found that this debut issue of Scarlet Witch's All-New, All-Different series was a delectable, if short lived taste of what is to come in the future. There wasn't much character building in the issue, but given Wanda's history, I have hopes her character will be fleshed out in future installments. It's also worth noting the biblical quote that opens the book, and the ominousness it may hold for our heroine. At the very least, I am excited for the dastardly things that may come in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Dec 12, 2015

    Scarlet Witch has all the signs of being one of those under-the-radar titles that have tormented me for all the years I've been collecting comics. I'm torn between hoping it isn't and wishing it would be. Fricken comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 12, 2015

    So, grim and gritty, glum and gloomy. Wanda deserves so much better - she should be an “A”-list hero, not a second-rate Doctor Strange. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 10, 2015

    Wanda Maximoff now has something to contribute to the Marvel Universe. She has a unique set of skills to take on a unique set of challenges. In a world that's populated with clones, robots, and aliens, she can forge her own path and not go crazy in the process. Anyone who has ever had to work retail during the holidays can respect that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 10, 2015

    More of a visual treat than a narrative triumph, Scarlet Witch #1 is nonetheless a dramatic opening issue that definitely offers something a little different from the House of Ideas. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 9, 2015

    SCARLET WITCH #1 is a decent start that shows a lot of potential. The story seems like it could be great and while this book will have rotating artists, Del Rey does some great work here. The problem with this first issue is that it's dry and a tad dull. It will play fine to readers who are new to the character, but overall, I'm more excited about where this book is headed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 13, 2015

    An interesting re-imagining, with moody art and a compelling premise… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 13, 2015

    I rather enjoyed Vanesa Del Rey's artwork in this book. It's eerie and gritty, and it's a great fit for the witchcraft riff running through the story. However, there were some momentary fumbles in the artwork that I found incredibly distracting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Dec 9, 2015

    "Scarlet Witch" #1 has pretty prose and artwork, but it doesn't create suspense and it also hasn't succeeded in redefining Wanda's new place and role in the Marvel Universe. Future issues, however, may remedy this. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 7, 2015

    It's unfortunate that this new series shares so much in common with books like Doctor Strange and Moon Knight. But even taking those comics out of the equation, this first issue is too muddled and unfocused to leave a strong impression. There's great potential here to rebuild and redefine Scarlet Witch's role in the Marvel Universe, but clearly it's going to be an uphill battle. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 7, 2015

    That's not to say that Scarlet Witch can't improve, particularly with the rotating cast of artists who will be working on this book. But debut issues are important in today's crowded marketplace, and it's a little disappointing that Robinson can't dig a little deeper into Marvel's most misunderstood heroine. Right now, we've seen this sort of storyline time and time again - in fact we just saw it a month ago. Wanda Maximoff is going to have to pull some serious rabbits out of her hat if Scarlet Witch is going to get the traction it needs. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 12, 2015

    Scarlet Witch is a perfectly fine character to get her own ongoing series, but the creative team needs to find something actually worth writing about. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Comicsverse - Cale Ward Dec 11, 2015

    Robinson's bigger plot is the only thing keeping me really interested in picking up the title again. The events in this issue itself felt unimportant, stiff, and unnecessary. Agatha is the only interesting character so far. Bellaire's colors are amazing, and they compliment Del Rey's excessive inks immensely. Del Rey's backgrounds and sound effects are beautiful, but the work does not translate to her figures. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Dec 10, 2015

    And that's a shame, because even though I mentioned that “Scarlet Witch” doesn't really stand out from its other Mystic Marvel counterparts on a story level, it definitely distinguishes itself on a visual one. Wanda's perception of New York is shadowy, closer to a Vertigo comic than an Avenger's one. Magic tears and bends through this world, either through the flashback to the violent stabbings caused by the demon's possession or in the Wanda's stories bleed into the world as she explains them. Demons emerge from their hosts, lit by green flame, and it's awesome or it would be if it didn't feel like something Wanda could hand wave away when it's time to end the comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Dec 10, 2015

    Scarlet Witch #1 was such a disappointing debut issue. I love this character and wanted to love this issue. But, the fact remains that Scarlet Witch #1 was a lifeless and boring read. There is nothing in this issue that gets the reader excited to come back for more. There is nothing in this issue that helps Scarlet Witch to stand out from the crowded racks full super hero titles. There are too many other quality titles on the market more deserving of your hard-earned money than Scarlet Witch #1. Read Full Review

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