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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1: Review

Nov 1982
Bill Mantlo, Rick Leonardi

Story Name:

Trick or Treat!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1 Review by (October 20, 2020)

Review: And so begins Vizh and Wanda’s first limited series, a quartet of single issue stories, loosely linked. It starts off with a bang, a spooky Halloween tale with an evil Druid sorcerer, three kids in danger, and some spectacular magic action. Not familiar with these artists but they do very well and suit the subjects well. Plus, there’s more romantic stuff than one usually finds in a Marvel mag of this era, perhaps to remind everyone this red-faced dude is as good as human. So, we’re off to a good start.

Comments: First appearance of Samhain; his second and last appearance is in VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH Vol. 2 #5. Cap found the Druid book in CAPTAIN AMERICA #256. Jack O’Lantern, Goblin, and Ghost are not the villains with the same names seen elsewhere in Marvel. Cameos in flashbacks: Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Wonder Man (two of him), Ultron, (original) Human Torch. Ian Akin and Brian Garvey share the inking chores.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having left the Avengers, Vision and the Scarlet Witch have moved into a quiet residential neighborhood in New Jersey to be normal people. It’s Halloween and Vision startles a trio of Trick or Treaters by passing his hand through a bag. Vizh and Wanda enter their home and find an unexpected Jarvis fixing the place up for them. Jarvis also gives her a book Captain America found for her; it turns out to be a magic book written in Druidic runes. They make out and separately review their histories to bring readers up to speed. Unseen, the magic tome emits a green light that changes the three kids into a monstrous trio of Jack O’Lantern, Goblin, and Ghost, who invade the house to carry off Wanda. Vision fights them but Ghost is able to pass through Vision causing severe pain. Samhain, eternal embodiment of Halloween, rises from the book, now free in the world again and he takes on Wanda. Vison frees Jack O’Lantern from the villain’s control, Jarvis cold cocks Goblin and Vision again does painful battle with Ghost to prevent Samhain from forcing Wanda into his power. Wanda combines her magic abilities with her mutant hex power to hurl the magic book into the fireplace and it is destroyed with Samhain still trapped within. The three kids go back to normal with no memory of the incident. Wanda and Vision comfort one another while Jarvis cleans up. There is a knock at the door…and it turns out to be Robert “Whizzer” Frank, Wanda’s father….

Rick Leonardi
Bob Sharen
Rick Leonardi (Cover Penciler)
Jack Abel (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Edwin Jarvis)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Whizzer (Golden Age).

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