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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #10: Review

Jul 1986
Steve Englehart, Richard Howell

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Spring Fever

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3.5 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #10 Review by (January 3, 2023)

Review: Just what we wanted, an issue dedicated to another couple’s marital problems. No one ever liked Quicksilver as he was always a hothead but Crystal was sweet, especially when she was dating Johnny Storm--but now she’s an adulteress, and an unrepentant one at that, so she loses sympathy. But Pietro fails to come off as the injured party so all I can say is good riddance to both of them. Wait, whose comic is this anyway? Wanda chats about pregnancy with a green doctor while Vision does some superheroing in trying to capture Pietro. Fortunately we get back to the stars of the show next time, and with an interesting guest star, so things will be cool again. And the Inhumans are usually fascinating, when they aren’t dealing with marital problems, so pick up Ann Nocenti’s graphic novel should you come across it.

Comments: Quicksilver was injured by a Sentinel in AVENGERS #104 and Crystal took over his care in FANTASTIC FOUR #131. Quicksilver and Crystal reconcile in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #21. First and only appearance of Cuidador, Inhuman physician; incidentally, the name is the Spanish word for “caregiver,” a bit obvious in the naming. Ann Nocenti is credited with “creative input,” with a plug for her upcoming INHUMANS graphic novel (the 39th MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL, published in 1988).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A gravely ill Crystal lies in her bed on Attilan, city of the Inhumans, her husband Quicksilver nearby, his sister Scarlet Witch and her husband Vision not far away. Crystal’s sister Medusa and her husband, King Black Bolt are there as well. There has been no improvement after a month and the doctor, Cuidador has no explanation and Pietro is angry and impatient. They have summoned Norm Webster, who found her, in hopes he can provide a clue; Norm says he found Crystal collapsed in the snow in Leonia (whereas we know he and Crystal had been having an affair and she collapsed at his house) and took her to his doctor. But Crystal knew Wanda wasn’t home (she and Vision were in New Orleans last issue) so why would she be in Leonia? Frustrated Pietro goes for a run, Wanda heads inside for a rest where she chats with Cuidador about human versus Inhuman pregnancies and talks of the trouble coming up with names for a baby. Norm asks Vision to give him a tour of the city. Quicksilver returns and hears Crystal muttering about Norman and sneaking and immediately tracks down the human visitor, accusing him of adultery and intending to kill him; to stop him, Vision fells him with a light blast, just as Gorgon and Karnak arrive. They tell him that the matter must be brought before Black Bolt; Pietro summons his militia and orders them to seize Norm but the soldiers are unwilling to go against the royal family. Enraged, Pietro rushes out onto the moonscape with Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, and Vision, equipped with flight jets for speed, go out after him….

Inside, Norm explains the affair to Wanda, telling her how he fell in love with Crystal at Thanksgiving and she, annoyed with her husband, just wanted a fling. Wanda is angry….

The pursuers run into a dust storm created by Pietro, who insists it is his duty as husband to punish the one who brought shame on his house. Pietro takes down Gorgon, then Medusa—and when he sees his wife injured, Black Bolt utters a muffled word and flattens Pietro; Vision seizes his brother-in-law for a talk….

With Cuidador’s approval, Wanda uses her magick to enter Crystal’s mind, which resembles a fairyland with Crystal a princess. Wanda lends her the power she needs to neutralize the medicine within her but Crystal fears returning to the husband she cheated on. Wanda persuades her to ask forgiveness to go on with her life. Elsewhere, Pietro recalls how he met Crystal when she nursed him back to health after he was injured by a Sentinel; Crystal tells Wanda how Pietro wasn’t the man she thought he was but angrier and more self-isolated. Crystal awakens and she and Pietro are left alone to work matters out. Soon he comes rushing out, unable to countenance betrayal. Wanda and Vision try to stop him but he dashes off into the distance….

Richard Howell
Frank Springer
Adam Phillips
Richard Howell (Cover Penciler)
Richard Howell (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Bill Oakley.


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