Scarlet Witch #1 Comic Review

By: Steve Orlando, Sara Pichelli

Scarlet Witch #5 was released recently, and I thought it would be a fun idea to review the comics individually. Scarlet Witch has always been one of my favorite characters, so I was super excited when Marvel released this new series. If you enjoy these reviews, please let me know! I’d love to review comics you suggest. Without further ado, let’s jump into Scarlet Witch #1!

The concept of this series is super interesting. Wanda owns a witchcraft shop with Darcy Lewis. The shop has a door, called the Last Door, that only appears to those with great need and no hope. Basically, it only appears to those who have it rock bottom and have nowhere else to go. If the door appears to someone and they open it, they are transported to Wanda’s witchcraft shop, where she offers to help them solve their problem. 

In this first issue, the door appears to Jarnette Chase from Amatrace, Italy. She says she really enjoyed living there, until Jackson Day showed up, a.k.a The Corruptor. He controls the whole town and they all bend to his will, except Jarnette. She wears a worry stone, which protects her from The Corruptor’s mind control. In order to break the spell, Wanda has Pietro, or Quicksilver, polish Jarnette’s stone, hoping its power will protect others. Wanda takes the portal to Italy, where she and Jarnette confront The Corruptor. Jarnette’s polished stone protects her wife from The Corruptor’s control because family is powerful. Wanda battles The Corruptor, and eventually turns him to stone, leaving his fate up to the people of Amatrace. Wanda then returns to her shop with Jarnette’s worry stone to study. Wanda and Darcy close up the shop and just as they’re about to leave for the night, the Last Door opens again. 

This first issue is a great set-up for the rest of the series. The concept is super cool and you don’t need a ton of prior knowledge to enjoy this series, which makes it a good series for people who aren’t really into comics. This story left us on a cliffhanger, so I’m excited for the next one!

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