Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scarlet Witch #1

Scarlet Witch is another new Marvel title which features a woman. Women are on the rise and Marvel is taking note. New superhero titles like Drax and Hercules showcase well-meaning slow-thinking beefcakes, or even a bloodthirsty sociopath in the case of Carnage. Marvel's super-heroines are generally more thoughtful.

Scarlet Witch #1, written by James Robinson with incredible art by Vanesa Del Ray, does an excellent job summing up why we are experiencing this burst of the feminine. As Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, muses to herself walking the New York City streets:
My power -- the ability I got at birth -- allows me to break the laws of physics and scientific absolutes.
Levitation, transformation, teleportation and such.
I've often heard the spells I cast referred to as chaos magic.
. . . But in actual fact they're far from "chaotic" -- their power and intensity are linked to the energy of the Earth and womankind --
-- Revered by ancient pagan faiths --
-- Feared by men.
As the Western world starts its collapse, there is a longing for fertility, for femininity to heal all the war and extinction of the Anthropocene.

Below are six scans from Scarlet Witch #1.

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