Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4
Issue(s): Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #2, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4
While there was a lot of potential for stories about a mutant and android couple trying to fit in amongst suburban Americans, Mantlo goes the generic route and has the pair facing off against a barrage of unrelated super villains.
These issues also kind of serve as a history lesson, with lots of flashback references and footnotes.
Issue #1 takes place on Halloween and has the Scarlet Witch fighting the demon Samhain.
At the end of issue #1, Bob Frank, aka the Whizzer shows up. The Whizzer was previously thought to be Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's father, but that turned out to not be the case. In issue #2, he's now hoping that the Inhumans will let him and his son, Nuklo, move to Attilan on the moon.
ISBISA, the silly Golden Age villain from the Whizzer's All-Winner's Squad days, shows up and steals Nuklo's powers.
In the resultant fight, the Whizzer learns that he's not really Wanda & Pietro's father, he dies, and Nuklo is de-powered.
Next issue, the couple receives a visit from the Vision's side of the family, with Wonder Man showing up to donate energy to help the Vision after injuries sustained in the battle against ISBISA...
...and then the Grim Reaper showing up to do the whole "You're not my brother" thing again.
Finally in issue #4, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch go to the moon to visit the Inhumans (note Michael's comment re:Black Bolt)...
...and see the Scarlet Witch's niece, Luna.
After visiting Bova the cow-nurse and injuring her...
...Magneto shows up at the end...
...to reveal that he is Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's true father, and Luna is his grand daughter.
I guess some decent housekeeping comes out of this (getting rid of the Whizzer/Nuklo baggage, confirming the Magneto relationship) but it's just a poorly written series. Rick Leonardi's art shows potential...
...but it's not enough to save this book.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Avengers #226-227.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (9): show
The title to #4 is the first line in the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For the Devil".
Mantlo would later reveal that Black Bolt wasn't really Black Bolt in issue 4 of this series. In Avengers Annual 12, Mantlo reveals that Black Bolt and Maximus switched minds in FF 248, so it's really Maximus in Black Bolt's body appearing in issue 4. Looking at issue 4, though, it's clear that Mantlo didn't plan that in advance.
This book had a very long birth. First, the Vision was announced to have some issues of Marvel Spotlight in mid-1980 by Roger McKenzie & Mike Nasser. A year later, plans had switched to a solo Vision mini-series by Mantlo & Bill Sienkiewicz.
When #2 was announced, the villain was misidentified as Future man.
Why is the Whizzer being Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's father "baggage" yet replacing him with Magneto is OK?
Because the Whizzer (aside from his unfortunate name and origin) has no connection to Wanda and Pietro. Magneto, on the other hand, has a connection to Wanda and Pietro, and Pietro shares many of Magneto's character flaws (arrogance, bigotry towards normal humans).
Since Quicksilver has speed powers and so did the Whizzer, that was the original connection. It didn't hurt that his wife was Miss America (a hero who wore similar colours to Wanda) either. The big reveal that they were Wanda & Pietro's parents was in Giant Size Avengers #1. And ended up getting ret-conned later into the mysterious woman Magda & Magneto, with the bizarre red herring Maximoff story arc.
Let me rephrase- neither Wanda nor Pietro ever met the Whizzer or Miss America before, so the revelation that they were their parents lacked the potential for future stories. OTOH, Wanda and Pietro had a past with Magneto, and Pietro and Magneto are Not So Different.
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