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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3: Review

Jan 1983
Bill Mantlo, Rick Leonardi

Story Name:

Blood Brothers!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3 Review by (November 2, 2020)

Review: Another family-centric issue in the four-issue miniseries, this time focusing on the brotherly relationship among Vision, Wonder Man, and Grim Reaper, though it’s the latter, blood brother to Simon Williams, who is cut out of the family at the end. The brotherhood theme is laid on a bit thick but it doesn’t derail the issue, aided by some creative artwork contrasting the dream and the reality and drawing them together at the end. My favorite moment: the doctor having trouble inserting a needle into Simon’s superstrong arm so that Thor needs to step in. Neat.

Comments: Ian Akin and Brian Garvey share the inking chores.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Simon “Wonder Man” Williams is on a subway train that becomes stalled in a tunnel so, in a hurry, he jumps out and pulls the train to its next station. He then hurries to the hospital where he is greeted by the Avengers (Captain America, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, She-Hulk) where he learns the Vision is seriously ill, having lost a hand to the villain last issue. Scarlet Witch recaps the adventure and it’s Wonder Man who can save the day….

In a coma, Vision drifts in darkness encountering the original Human Torch and the Torch’s creator Professor Phineas Horton….

Simon is hooked up to a transfuser alongside the Vision, set to transfer life energy from one to the other. Wasp fills She-Hulk (and the readers) in on the connection between Simon and the Vision: Simon Williams was transformed into Wonder Man and died; his brain patterns were preserved and implanted into the Vision’s synthezoid body (formerly owned by the Human Torch); then Simon returned from the dead. And now energy is flowing back into Vision….

In his coma, Vision sees his other creator, Ultron-5, who denounces him and tries to kill him by merging him with the Torch; Ultron then cuts open Vision’s empty head to add a brain….

Then the Grim Reaper enters the hospital, chloroforms Wanda, and sees the opportunity to slay Simon and Vision, both of whom he considers pretenders to the name Simon Williams, Reaper’s dead brother….

In the dream, Wonder Man joins Vision and gives him his brain just before he is killed by Ultron. Vision battles Ultron but the charred husk of Wonder Man opens and the new incarnation of the hero emerges….  

Grim Reaper is confronted by the semi-awake Vision and there’s a scuffle until Wonder Man emerges from his sleep to join in. He is blasted by the Reaper but Vision, now fully awake, and overpowers the villain to save his brother….

In both the dream and reality, Wonder Man alerts his brother the Vision to the impending danger and Vision defeats the bad guys decisively. Wanda awakens to see the brothers—Vision and Simon—safe and unharmed….

Rick Leonardi
Bob Sharen
Rick Leonardi (Cover Penciler)
Joe Rubinstein (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Jennifer Walters)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Grim Reaper (Eric Williams).

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