Scarlet Witch is the third of the ever-more-impressive titles coming from Marvel’s All-New, All-Different launch I’ll be following, and is a character that has been long overdue for a solo title. But she is a character that, like Vision, has always worked well in a supporting role but has been problematic when attempting to star in her own book.
The reason for that is, I believe, the lack of clarification of what it is she can actually do. Scarlet Witch is able to enhance any team book she appears in by adding a little weirdness with all of her cool powers. But the exact definition of what those cool powers are? Well, that’s a bit hazy. Her power set has been described over the years as: Hex Power, Energy Power, Reality-Altering and Probability-Changing. which is all a bit vague to be honest.
And she’s a mutant, or not a mutant, Inhuman maybe? I don’t know. Her origin has been futzed with so many times over the years you need a flow chart to keep up and even then you might end up scratching your head. So as a protagonist of a story it is kinda hard to get on-board with someone when you don’t know what they are and what they can do. Like I said, Scarlet Witch is problematic. But she looks cool, so there’s that.
The All New, All Different version has sort of attempted to deal with this issue by simply making her magic. What is her power-set exactly? Magic. Is she a mutant? An Inhuman? Something else? Doesn’t matter…magic. Its all a bit a of a hand wave and I’m actually okay with that. Rather than tie itself in knots over these things and spending an inordinate amount of time retconning her existence it just says “magic” and gets on with telling a story.
And she still looks really cool.