Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Fun period in Avengers

Limited series doesn't seem to have much direction

Comic Info

Comic Name:   Avengers Giant-Size/Vision and the Scarlet Witch

Publisher:   Marvel Comics

Writer: Writer

Artist: Artist

# of Issues: Movie Rating

Release Date: Release Date

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Vision and the Scarlet Witch (Limited Series) #3

Reprints Avengers Giant-Size #4 and Vision and the Scarlet Witch (Limited Series) #1-4 (June 1975-February 1983). The Vision and the Scarlet Witch are an unconventional couple. The The Vision since his creation has discovered he’s an android created by Ultron, with brainwaves of Simon Williams, and the body of the original Human Torch. Scarlet Witch is a mutant with a twin brother named Quicksilver and a murky past involving their parentage. Together Vision and Scarlet Witch are Avengers, but when they choose to marry, Vision and the Scarlet Witch find that being superheroes and married could be more difficult than they ever believed.

Written by Steve Englehart (Avengers Giant-Size #4) and Bill Mantlo (Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4), Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch collects the characters’ marriage and early limited series. The collection features art by Don Heck on Avengers Giant-Size #4 (June 1975) and Rick Leonardi on Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4 (November 1982-February 1983).

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Marvel had some power couples, but Vision and the Scarlet Witch were the Avengers’ romance bound couple. The couple not only had ties to the Avengers but to the X-Men and Inhumans which allowed for lots of crossovers. Here, you get to see the wedding of the two and their attempts to lead a normal life. It is a bit clunky, but it still is fun.

Marvel wasn’t doing a ton of limited series when Vision and the Scarlet Witch was released. They had only done a couple and the idea of “spinoff” titles for characters was kind of a new thing. As a result, the limited series doesn’t seem to have much flow…you just get more Vision and Scarlet Witch than the Avengers would allow.

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Vision and the Scarlet Witch (Limited Series) #4

The first issue just sets up Vision and Scarlet Witch in their own home and normal life. It has a fight with a mystic being, but the story doesn’t factor much into the story which becomes more about the origin of both Vision and Scarlet Witch. The series ends with a reveal that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s father is Magento. This made a lot more sense in the storytelling, but a later recon (and attempt to separate them from X-Men property) had this all be fake…but I hope that they change it back.

The story also contains a “bonus” of seeing the characters wed in Giant-Size Avengers #4. This issue has a number of important moments with the origin of Mantis (who also weds a spirit Swordsman) and the characters leaving the Avengers for space. Both this story from the ’70s and the ’80s limited series have a weird, all-ages mentality that seems to be lacking from many comics today.

Older comics were a lot wordier, but in their wordiness, the characters seemed more developed. While many of today’s comics create more rounded characters, the melodrama and over the top plotlines of older comics have a lot of fun that is missing. While

many people will vehemently defend the comics they grew up on, there is a noticeable change…good or bad. It is up to the reader to decide with collections like this; I vote for the positive. A second limited series (this one twelve issues) followed the story from this collection and was collected in Vision and the Scarlet Witch: A Year in the Life.

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