Last week saw the release of the first issue of Marvel Comics’ latest monthly Scarlet Witch. The series is written by James Robinson with artwork by Vanesa Del Rey with colors by Jordie Bellaire. Award winning Hawkeye cover artist David Aja provides the cover to the first issue, plus variant covers are available from Kevin Wada, Bill Sienkiewicz, Erica Henderson, Tom Raney, and Chris Sotomayor. It’s not only David Aja’s cover, but Robinson’s well-paced introduction and Del Rey and Bellaire’s visuals that remind us of Matt Fraction and Aja’s successful Hawkeye series, another series about a secondary character and a life outside the scope of saving the world with the Avengers.
The new Scarlet Witch has a ghostly quality, and a style similar to DC Comics’s initial New 52 stories of Batwoman from J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. It’s introspective look at a superheroine with a past also echoes Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto’s brilliant Black Widow series.
But this is a distinctly different story about a much different character. She is not a young heroine. She is a witch who speaks aloud with the ghost of Agatha, a dead woman she may or may not have killed in her past. Scarlet Witch–Wanda Maximoff–is a detective of sorts in the same way as Liv Moore uses her supernatural skills to solve crimes in iZombie.
Scarlet Witch is one of the most promising new comic book series of 2015. And Issue #1 has all the appearances of this new monthly being the next Hawkeye. This is one to add to your monthly pull list at your local comic book store.