The Vision And The Scarlet Witch # 6
Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Richard Howell
Inker: Frank Springer
Letterers: Rick Parker/Bill Oakley
Colorist: Adam Philips
Cover Date: March 1985
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I will look at “The Vision And The Scarlet Witch # 6” which celebrates the holiday in the mighty Marvel manner.
The story opens with a group of heroes and friends arriving at Vision and Scarlet Witch’s house for a warm and friendly Thanksgiving dinner but then Magneto shows up and things get a little chilly, to say the least. Wanda has it out with her father (Who wants a little tension with their Thanksgiving meal?!) After the meal is done, Magneto, Vision, and Quicksilver face down the Toad and his mechanical version of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. This issue has a festive tone to it that is charming and appealing to any Marvel fan but it’s the showdown between Wanda and Magneto that keeps it from getting too sappy and helps create a more action-packed narrative that shows the readers how a superhero can celebrate Thanksgiving.
The Toad is, in my opinion, one of the weakest X-Men villains to exist due to the fact that he’s basically a leftover from the Silver Age that did not age with time, under Engelhart’s writing, however, he comes off as cunning and sinister to where he can no longer be looked at as a joke but this issue gives us another look at Magneto and his quest for redemption since around the time his villainous ways were a thing of the past but the most awkward elements presented in this issue?!- The tension in the air when Magneto shows up feels like a cross between a soap opera and a sitcom that feels lively thanks in part to Richard Howell’s breakdowns, which is simply breathtaking. This issue blends drama and action with precision that feels like a perfect holiday story while letting everyone know that superheroes are people too, even if they have to break bread with a former supervillain in order to have the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.