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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #6: Review

Mar 1986
Steve Englehart, Richard Howell

Story Name:

No Strings Attached!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #6 Review by (December 7, 2022)

Review: Employing a frequent topic for comedy viz uncomfortable family get-togethers at holidays, this issue has a supervillain showing up at Thanksgiving dinner, making it more of a disaster than merely arguing about politics. Okay blend of action and character interplay is hurt by inferior art. Most of the faces seem off, awkwardly shaded, and the big battle scene looks kinda crazy at the beginning. This one’s a bit of a step down from the previous issue.

Comments: Toad’s attack on the Avengers using machines stolen from the Stranger was in AVENGERS #132. This issue seems to set a record for wordless panels in a regular comic. For an odd effect, Norm Webster’s hair seems to alternate between blond and white throughout the issue. And nothing is made of it but Norm is shown frequently talking to Crystal, laying the groundwork for the surprise development at the end of issue #7. Lettering by Rick Parker and Bill Oakley.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On Thanksgiving, Quicksilver, Crystal, and baby Luna fly down from the Moon for holiday dinner at the home of Scarlet Witch and Vision. They are welcomed and introduced to Avengers Captain America and Wasp, with their new ally the Sub-Mariner. Doctor Strange is there as Wanda’s physician, and everyone is introduced to neighbors Glamor and Illusion, their real estate agent Norman Webster, and Vision’s newly discovered mother, Martha Williams (see issues #1 and 2 for details). And then the bell rings and Magneto walks in, out of uniform, and suddenly the mood grows cold. In the kitchen, Wanda explains to Pietro how when she called to inform their villainous father about the coming baby, she couldn’t refuse to invite him, though the drawbacks are quite clear….

Back in the living room, Cap points out that, as Vision was built using the body of the original Human Torch, in a sense all three original Invaders are present. The guests converse while Magneto stands alone, regretting coming because he did not want to spend the holiday alone….  

After dinner, Magneto’s evil deeds come to mind for many of the guests who have fought him in the past. Cap, Wasp, and Dr. Strange take their leave. Magneto asks for a moment alone with Wanda; he apologizes for being a bad father but defends himself by citing his history of persecution. He knows he cannot ask for forgiveness but wants her acceptance. But that she cannot give as he treated her and Pietro as badly as the world treated him, coldly and cruelly, and if he wants that he has to do more than this apology. They are interrupted by the arrival of Holly LaDonna (see last issue) who wants to speak with Wanda. Magneto departs; stepping outside he flies into the air, then spots something and returns. He reenters the house and asks Vision and Pietro to come outside with him. He shows them they are under attack by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Toad, Mastermind—and Quicksilver and Magneto, replicas of the original team, minus Wanda. The two groups battle and it turns out that the bad guys are better prepared for a fight. Bad Pietro knocks down good Pietro then rushes at Vision who becomes ephemeral and bad Pietro crashes into a tree; he tries again, ready for it, but this time Vision becomes diamond hard, knocking the baddie out. Mastermind causes the good guys to see weird images—but Vision is not affected. He seizes Mastermind but is attacked by Toad; he seizes Toad and has Magneto drain the blood from his brain knocking him out. The three replicas collapse, leaving only Toad, who was real. Toad reveals that he was in love with the Scarlet Witch and is surprised that Magneto approves of her marriage to a Synthezoid or her pregnancy. But Toad has a surprise for them: he had plundered the Stranger’s planet and stolen a ship and various devices, including one that creates replicas. And now with those replicas behind him, he will—and then Quicksilver, the real one disguised as the fake one, punches his lights out. Magneto asks that the others never tell Wanda of his part in the adventure, fearing she will think it was done only to curry her favor and Magneto would never do that. Pietro and Vision go inside where Wanda announces that she is taking Holly on as a pupil in magick….

Richard Howell
Frank Springer
Adam Phillips
Richard Howell (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Glamor (Glynis Zarkov), Illusion (Ilya Zarkov), Luna Maximoff (Baby Luna), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee).

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