Wanda Goes For A Wander in Robinson and Del Rey’s ‘Scarlet Witch’ #1 [Preview]
That tiara in her hair; that not-Magneto's-daughter stare, which strips mutant-dom bare, it's Scarlet Witchcraft.
As one of the biggest female heroes in the Marvel Universe never to have had her own book before, it's welcome news that Wanda Maximoff is finally getting her time to shine in Scarlet Witch #1, on sale December 9. Written by James Robinson, the series promises to dig deep into the question of how witchcraft works (or doesn't) in Wanda's world, and might even explain how her formerly-mutant powers work.
But the most interesting thing about this new series is that it doesn't have a permanent artist. Not even a rotating pair. Marvel promises that the art will change for each story, whether it's a one-shot or a multi-parter, and the fact that it's happening by design (and not as a panicked reaction to clashing schedules, as is usually the case) gives this book a little touch of quirk that could well serve the sort of magical adventures the Witch is going to get into.
Now, we're big fans of artists being equal partners in the creative process, so this isn't a model that needs to be applied too broadly, but it's an interesting exception. As the first artist on the book, Vanesa R. Del Rey certainly looks to be making an impression. Check out an unlettered three-page preview of her pages below:
I was hoping the artists on upcoming issues would all be women, and that's sadly not the case, but the solicitation does offer more women's names than men's, and there's not an artist among them whose name doesn't conjure up interesting possibilities for Wanda. Here's everything you need to know about the book, plus the usual gaggle of covers:
SCARLET WITCH #1 (OCT150797)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by VANESSA DEL REY
Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Cover by KEVIN WADA (OCT150800)
Hip-Hop Variant by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (OCT150798)
Marvel ’92 Variant by TOM RANEY (OCT150799)
FOC – 11/09/15, On-Sale – 12/09/15
Witchcraft is broken. And the Scarlet Witch is the only one who can fix it. Her globetrotting quest to repair the magical forces across the Marvel Universe begins this December in SCARLET WITCH #1! Eisner Award winning writer James Robinson is joined by a rotating crew of some of the industry’s hottest creators including Vanesa Del Rey, Marco Rudy, Steve Dillon, Javier Pulido, Marguerite Sauvage, Annie Wu, Tula Lotay, Joelle Jones, Chris Visions and more to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Wanda Maximoff! From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, the Witch is there – solving magical crimes and investigating all things weird. But as Wanda begins to piece witchcraft back together – an even more important question arises: who is the mastermind who broke it in the first place? Find out this December as the magical journey begins in SCARLETWITCH #1!