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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8: Review

May 1986
Steve Englehart, Richard Howell

Story Name:

Sweet Sister!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8 Review by (December 21, 2022)

Review: This issue is a bit sillier than the others in the series. The heroes battle cartoonish aliens in a magical fantasy world, to recover a McGuffin which means nothing to the reader. Meanwhile, Quicksilver grouses through the issue, likely to explain why Crystal would be better off without him and justifying her adultery. And the holiday? Luke Cage gets to make a brief speech about racial reconciliation on MLK Day, brief enough so that no one can really dispute it.

Comments: Story is a sequel to POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #102, guest starring Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Story is set at Martin Luther King’s Birthday, first celebrated that year (1986) as a national holiday in the USA, which is why Wanda calls it the “new holiday.” 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In his New York City office, Luke Cage is engaged in a fist fight with the High Priest of Zor, who is determined to recover the Idols of Zor and exact revenge. He fades out, deciding to battle Cage another day. Cage, knowing Iron Fist is safe in his townhouse, decides to warn Vision and Scarlet Witch….

At home in Leonia, New Jersey, Wanda is teaching her pupil Holly LaDonna to control the snow when the baby moves inside her. She calls Vision who can’t feel it. Crystal and Quicksilver, with baby Luna, arrive for a visit; while they make small talk and Pietro mentions his plan to go to a New York Library, Holly recalls seeing Crystal cheating with another man, Norm Webster. Wanda says she’s planning a quiet day—and then Luke Cage comes crashing through the window, having been hit by the High Priest and his demonic minions. The assembly reacts, Cage mentioning it was supposed to be his day off and Wanda recognizing it as Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Wanda insists on joining the fight against the baddies; she suggests retrieving the Idols of Zor from where she hid them and using them to close the portal to the dimension of Zor and trap the High Priest on Earth….

The four heroes (Vision, Scarlet Witch, Luke Cage, Quicksilver) fly to Avengers Mansion where they surprise Jarvis by parking their ship and heading downtown on foot. But the High Priest creates illusions that render the path unrecognizable, a forest of gnarly trees and demons to fight, the Priest appearing occasionally to taunt them. They enter a castle and find their way through a magic gateway to the subway, where they ride a huge serpent-like train to their destination, fighting demons and listening to Pietro complain about everyone else. Arriving at their destination, the World Trade Center, the High Priest shuts off the electricity, making it exceedingly difficult to reach the roof. Vision gathers everyone in an elevator while he grabs the cable at the top and, increasing his weight, plummets, pulling the elevator up. The High Priest and his thugs are waiting on the roof; Wanda increases a small snowstorm into a blizzard, blowing the henchmen over the edge. She performs a magic spell—and the idols appear in front of Crystal at home and she burns them in a bonfire. And, her job done, she meets with Norm Webster….

Back at the WTC, Wanda explains to the others that their slow journey downtown was to give Crystal the time to devise a fire that could destroy the idols. Pietro is angry over everything that has happened and Cage says he was able to celebrate the holiday like he wanted: proving his people are part of society, working together, equal to anybody else…. 

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Edwin Jarvis)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Luna.

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