Aug 12, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 899: Avengers v.1 #234, August 1983

Basically a recap comic today. The Wasp and Captain Marvel listen to the story of the Scarlet Witch's life while the Vision lies comatose in the medical bay of Avengers Mansion. The Witch's tale is an interesting one, and given that she's never really been a top-tier character for Marvel, she's certainly been around for many of the major events of the Marvel U. What I do find quite fascinating about her, and about her brother Quicksilver, is that they're some of the very few mutants whose destinies haven't really been all that tightly bound up with Professor X and the X-Men. Aside from the brief stint with Magneto's Brotherhood, the Witch and Quicksilver have been much more a part of the Avengers lore. It's nice to see - the gathering of mutants around the X-banner smacks of ghettoization sometimes, so when we get to see that there are mutants who aren't drawn into the X-Soap Opera, it gives a better idea of the inclusion of the mutants in the general population.

Well, it did until Ms. Maximoff got rid of them. Most of them. But that's a story for another time, and about 20 years beyond the release of today's comic.

The very end of today's comic is a call to arms from Doctor Strange to the Witch, so we'll pop over to his title tomorrow, also chronicled by Roger Stern, to see what the Avengers get up to with the Sorcerer Supreme. To be continued.

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