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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday supervillainy - yes, Wanda is back! And fighting MODOK.

The Scarlet Witch - Wanda Maximoff - is a featured character in Avengers vs X-Men# 0, the prequel to the main event. It is also a sequel to Avengers # 24.1 (a surprisingly downbeat story about The Vision, who is also back). How does anyone manage to follow this stuff? Oh well, here I am following some of it for you.
In Avengers vs X-Men # 0, Wanda gets in a fight with the villainous MODOK, whose amazingly megacephalic presence alone would be enough to justify reading the story.

Later on, The Vision - Wanda's android husband, who has recently been put back together from destruction via some help from Iron Man plus his self-repair mechanisms then kicking in - is not too happy with his wife for destroying him (some years back in our time, but not so long ago in his). He boots her out of his artificial life, and out of any opportunity, for the moment, of rejoining the Avengers. A bit complicated, with all the convoluted, soap-opera-y back story that has to be conveyed, but fun enough in a kind of emo way.

I guess next time I can report in on what happens in Avengers vs X-men #1.


Rocket Stegosaurus said...

Despite my better instincts, I picked up AvX0. Bendis's Wanda story was great. After reading the Hope story, though, I thought, "Wow, who was responsible for that crap?" and was surprised to find it was Jason Aaron. Maybe I need to re-read his Incredible Hulk issues to see what everyone else was slagging him about.

Russell Blackford said...

Yeah, I didn't like the Hope story either. Not least because it turned the Serpent Society into jobbers. I hate it when they do that, ruining perfectly good characters just to build up another character as badass. Now, if Hope had outwitted them in some way I'd have been fine with it.

If you liked Bendis's Wanda story, you'd probably like Avengers 24.1, which leads up to it. Although I didn't much like the art.

Rocket Stegosaurus said...

You are not the only person to have taken issue with 24.1's art. I'll pick it up along with AvX1 this week, though. The only artists in Marvel I'm actively avoiding are Humberto Ramos and Greg Land.