Scarlet Witch #8
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Lorenzo Tammetta and Sara Pichelli
Colors by Frank William
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: A new visitor through the Last Door will cause Wanda to confront Loki in an unique battle.
Arkin of the mountain giants of Jotunheim has come through the Last Door looking for help from Wanda in securing his position as leader of his dwindling group. To do that, he will have to confront the ruler of the land, Loki. Wanda agrees to help him and enlists Joseph to come with her as he deals with his newfound freedom and path of redemption.
After confronting Loki, Wanda and the god of stories decide that a duel will settle their dispute. A duel of truth. As the pair reveal their darkest truths to each other, neither of them knows that Joseph is keeping a dark secret from Wanda.
The Story: Orlando crafts a truly fun and engaging story in this issue. A showdown between Wanda and Loki is always compelling and to have it come down to them both telling the truth and reliving their own trauma was perfectly executed. The Joseph factor is interesting as well and I enjoyed seeing him attempt to grow closer to Wanda while also keeping himself guarded. Something that adds extra drama to the issue that makes me excited for what comes next.
The Art: Tammetta and Pichelli deliver fantastic art throughout the issue. The visuals are filled with great action and thrills as well as some tender moments with the characters, especially the moments between Wanda and Loki.