West Coast Wednesdays: The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1

Vision and Scarlet Witch #1The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (October 1985)


Writer: Steve Englehart

Penciler: Richard Howell

Inker: Andy Mushynsky


After quitting the Avengers, Vision and the Scarlet Witch decide to buy a house in New Jersey. And then they’re attacked by zombies. And then…then…I honestly don’t understand what happens next. It’s a train wreck.


Though this is comic book about the Vision and the Scarlet Witch, this is West Coast Wednesdays after all, and we’ll be focusing on the West Coast Avengers’ involvement in the story. This will allow me to maintain the little sanity I still have.

Continuing from West Coast Avengers #1, the West Coast Avengers are frantically trying to find the Vision by telephone before the Grim Reaper does while recovering from their fight with Ultron. Wasp introduces some added self doubt to the mountain of self doubt the team has accumulated from the start by suggesting that since the Vision created the West Coast Avengers when he was in Evil Mode, perhaps their existence is a part of some grand evil plan. Hawkeye naturally protests and pep talks his way out of it.

Sadly, the team’s involvement is minimal. It’s mostly the Vision and the Scarlet Witch making out, fighting zombies and spouting terrible dialogue. In fact, there’s a long scene where they are looking to buy a house. Now, one of the joys of comic books is for the reader to piece together the things occurring between panels, so if the Vision said, “I’d like to buy a house” in one panel, I’d be perfectly content if the next panel had Scarlet Witch exclaiming, “I love our new home!” But no, we must read on to watch them look for a house with a real estate agent.

Part of me wants to go off on the horrible details of this book, but most of me wants to move on with my life.

I mean, today is my third wedding anniversary and I’m reading about a robot and a witch making out. And though they are married, there’s nothing here particularly useful here that’ll enrich my marriage. In fact, I can’t shake off the feeling that my marriage is somehow weaker because I’ve read this issue.

The issue ends with the Vision finally returning Hawkeye’s phone call. How’s that for drama?


Roast! I can’t believe I collected the entire run of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch mini-series as a kid. I’m beginning to suspect that eleven year old Me was insane and possibly stupid.


Luckily this book can’t get any worse, right?



How often does one get to see the Scarlet Witch do this?



  1. Derek Handley

    Wanda! I’m shocked! It’s almost like you used to be a villain… oh, wait a minute…

    Is it a really awful indictment on my character that I know why the estate agent gets so much face time in that comic book?

  2. Christian A. Dumais

    Luckily for me, I only had to read the first two issues of this mini-series for this project. So I’ll never know the real estate agent’s dark secret. There are some things I don’t need to know.

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