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The New Scarlet Witch Is a Case Study of Consequences

Wanda Maximoff has not had the best life — she’s had horrible things happen to her, including having her own children turn out to be non-existent (long story). But she’s also done horrible things due to her own mental instability...and in her new book, written by James Robinson and drawn by a different artist for each issue, she had to come to terms with that, as well figure out a metaphysical mystery.


This is from the first issue, drawn by Vanessa R. Del Ray. As you can see, now when Wanda looks into the mirror, she is confronted by the consequences of using magic: her soul is getting older, grayer. And in the second issue, she confirms that this will eventually kill her — this is the price she pays for using witchcraft. (Doctor Strange has his own price to pay for using magic, which Jason Aaron details in Doctor Strange #4, “The Art of Puking Without Puking.”)

She is also confronted with the fact that her mentor, Agatha Harkness, was killed by Wanda when she was possessed — and Agatha’s ghost is hanging around Wanda now, acting as a kind of snarky spirit adviser.

But there’s another consequence and that’s the consequence of having mental issues. In the second issue, drawn by Marco Rudy, Wanda tries to figure out why witchcraft is “broken,” so she visits the Greek goddess Hekate and Hekate invites her in for lunch:


Yes, that’s right: Wanda Maximoff is now on anti-depressants. Because, honestly, that’s what she needs. And she knows it: if she had been on them before, she might have avoided a lot of tragedy.

Honestly, the second issue is so gorgeous, you should buy it for the art alone, but the story is intriguing and fleshes out Wanda’s character immensely: in return for her help, Hekate asks Wanda to find and stop a Minotaur that is killing people on the island. But there is a much larger mystery to solve, of who unleashed this Minotaur and how exactly it ties into witchcraft being broken.

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