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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #9: Review

Jun 1986
Steve Englehart, Richard Howell

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4 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #9 Review by (December 27, 2022)

Review: A more romantic issue which serves mainly to explain how a Synthezoid can love a human woman. The plot is a little thinner here as it focuses on Wanda tracking down an ensorcelled Vision who is in the clutches of the Enchantress, Marvel’s premier temptress. But the issue is padded with four pages and a couple of panels presenting a magic trick by Glamor and Illusion with a mysterious theft stuck in the middle. And nothing really comes of Amora’s involvement, other than providing an odd pretext for Vision’s declaration of love.

Comments: The tale ends with Vision wondering what happened to the Eye of Rajpur; we know Glamor has it and find out why in issue #11.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Scarlet Witch and Vision accompany their friends Glamor and Illusion on a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras where the Zarkovs perform each year. Wanda feels free as she doesn’t stand out in any way among the celebrants….

Back in Leonia, New Jersey, Crystal and her lover Norm Webster have a romantic assignation at his home, a regular thing since they met during Thanksgiving at Wanda and Vision’s house. He raises the issue of divorce but she doesn’t want to talk about it. She and the baby are neglected by Pietro who spends all his time with his militia, trying to prove himself to his Inhuman in-laws. As Crystal is of royal blood, a divorce would cause a scandal so she is happy to maintain matters the way they are….

At the theater as the Zarkovs prepare for their show, an insecure Wanda asks if Vision still loves her even with her looks changing with pregnancy; he assures her he still does. They leave, promising to be back for the show but as she reaches the hotel lobby, in that few seconds, Vision has vanished. She asks the desk clerk who tells her he saw the Vision kissing a beautiful blonde and leaving with her. Wanda reasons it must have been someone dressed like him for Mardi Gras and goes to check their room….

And then we see Vision, captivated by a beautiful blonde, namely Amora, the Enchantress. Her reason for bringing him under her power: she desires a fabulous emerald called the Eye of Rajpur and wants Vision to steal it from its owner, Countess D’Arcy….

Wanda decides that if Vision left with another woman it must have been under duress. She enchants a man into telling her where he saw the gorgeous blonde go then tracks her to a food stand not realizing the proprietor is blind….

On stage, the Zarkovs are concerned that Wanda and Vision have not shown up for their act. Illusion chains up Glamor, puts her in a bag, and drops her in a tank of water and then waits for an impossibly long time. Glamor, using her powers of controlling the molecules of her body, seeps out of the bag and the tank, changes her appearance, dashes upstairs to steal the Eye of Rajpur from Countess D’Arcy’s room and then returns for the climax of the act when she materializes from the canvas cover, completely unharmed….

Vision phases into the Countess’ room but is surprised to discover the emerald is gone. Her command to steal the gem conflicts with the fact that it is not there creates a cognitive dissonance that snaps him out of the Enchantress’s spell. Wanda finds him there and learns what has been going on. As Amora waits by the river, a huge wave flows up and knocks her down, courtesy of Wanda. After a brief scuffle, Amora reveals that she wanted the enthralled Vision to steal the Eye of Rajpur simply to show her sister Lorelei who was the more powerful.

Vision assures her charms worked perfectly. With that, the Enchantress teleports herself away. Then Vision confesses to Wanda that he wasn’t lying, that Amora’s powers were hard to overcome. Wanda is miffed but he wants to take the opportunity to tell her that her love is what made an android into a man. So they kiss….

Back in Leonia, Crystal is feeling unwell as the anti-pollution potion which permits her to visit Earth without harm is wearing off. She starts to take another drink when she passes out, leaving Norm Webster at a loss for what to do….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Glamor (Glynis Zarkov), Illusion (Ilya Zarkov).

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