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Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #2: Quick in a Crisis

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Wanda and Pietro are still divided and embroiled in a battle against The Wizard and his forces. Pietro will need all of his wit AND a helping hand from a family member. Wanda will invoke a darker, uncontrollable power to break free from The Wizard and his upgraded powers. Can Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver overcome this coordinated strike? Is someone or something much bigger pulling the strings in all of this?

Courtesy of MARVEL Entertainment. Cover art by Russell Dauterman.

Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Fight For Themselves

We open right where we left off. Quicksilver is falling back down to Earth after his mysterious attackers used an anti-gravity device to get him off the ground. With some quick thinking he slows his decent and starts taking out these neon clad soldiers. He then shows a powerful move that he’s been saving, mostly because it does a lot of damage to himself. It’s an awesome couple of panels and some great action!

After we get Pietro sorted out, Wanda is still having some trouble tangling with The Wizard. Normally she would wipe the floor with this guy, but he’s gotten some upgrades. No matter what she does, he keeps using his powers to contain her, or to nullify her spells. It’s obvious as they trade quips that The Wizard is working for someone or something else.

Chaos, Angels, and Primordial Forces Are Converging

It’s not until Wanda unleashes only a touch of the primordial chaos residing within her, The Darkhold, that she’s able overpower her adversary. The fear of what this power may do that causes her to then flee. This seems to have been the goal of this encounter and The Wizard retreats.

Afterwards, The Wizard speaks with whatever force is directing him, empowering him. He calls it an “Angel”, but we don’t get a glimpse of his master, only words and symbolic images. It’s clear now that whatever it is want’s to free the Darkhold from within Wanda, and it plans to use Pietro as the catalyst to do so.

The Story and Art of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Courtesy of MARVEL Entertainment. Cover art by Derrick Chew

Steve Orlando continues to write banger after banger within the the world of the Scarlet Witch. The pacing of his books are so good, that before I know it I’m at the end and I’m disappointed that I’ll have to wait for the next installment. As I said in the review for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #1, he really understands these characters and it’s so much fun to read.

With all of this fantastic writing, storytelling, and dialogue, the artwork in these books matches the energy pound for pound. Lorenzo Tammetta’s action sequences are the stuff of cinema. Wanda and Pietro flow so well from panel to panel, each action so animated and calculated. Not only that, but every characters eyes help tell the story, and that’s not easy to do.

My favorite part of the book is the colors. I’m a big fan of neons and pinks and the are plentiful in this series. Frank William’s colors are so rich and bright, yet not overpowering. Wanda and Pietro’s color schemes easily move us from one POV to another. Wanda is constantly surrounded by pinks, purples, and reds. Quicksilver finds himself in greens, yellows, and whites. One color they have in common is orange. Orange i used in moments of danger and caution. It’s also heavily used in the scene when The Wizard is speaking to his “Angel”.

Everything Points To 9/10

So far issues one and two have been action packed. The pacing is moving fast, but in an appropriate way. Steve Orlando continues to keep me engaged with his amazing character writing, especially Quicksilver. The Wizard is a great villain, but I’m still curious as to who is pulling his strings. The art from Lorenzo Tammetta and Frank William is progressive yet still feels classic. I love every page. This is one of those books that tends to fly under the radar for whatever reason. It’s a shame though, because it’s a beauty that deserves the spotlight!

Mickey Smith
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Mickey, also known as “cellphone_wallet_keys" or C.W. Keys began his humble path to nerdom in front of a television set back in 1985. Since then, it’s been a true love of all things related to heroes and fantastic stories, whether it be movies, comic books, action figures, and video games. Mickey is the Movie Voice Guy for The Reel Study and a contributing content creator here at The Nerd Initiative.

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