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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:01 pm

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Scarlet Witch #7

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WANDA MAXIMOFF heads to HONG KONG to solve her next magical mystery. An ancient warlock, the DARK TONGI, has taken hold of the city. The Scarlet Witch must seek the help of a young witch, THE WU. But the Wu has her own battle to fight…


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Postby GLX » Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:03 pm

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Postby Stephen Day » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:17 pm

The Scarlet Witch is still trying to find the source of the corruption of Witchcraft. Her search takes her this issue to Hong Kong.

This issue's story deals with an ancient entity called the Dark Tonji. Wanda seeks the help of Alice Gulliver, also know as the Wu. She's a police detective who uses her magical powers to enchant her pistols. She's also the daughter of the city's now dead super heroine, The August Wu of the Coral Shore and a British police officer. Together they take on the forces of the Dark Tonji, who is holding the spirits of thousands who suffered within the Kowloon Walled City (it was a real place in Hong Kong and I'd suggest looking it up on Wikipedia if you're curious) in slavery.

This was a fun issue, but I will say that here have been other issues in this series that were better. There have been a couple that I set down after I was done just stunned by how good it was. This issue just isn't in that league. That's not a knock against it and the story was still pretty good, just not quite as good as some other issue have shown it could be. I did like Robinson's use of the Kowloon Walled City. It's always neat to see real world places and things brought into a story to add a sense of realism. It added something that made the story just a little more enjoyable.

I also enjoyed this introduction to the Wu. As a woman who is half Chinese and half British, it was clear that she sees herself as being a part of both worlds. Added to that her detective works and her magical powers and you have a character that I see as having a lot of potential for having some interesting thing done with her. I am hoping that this isn't the last time I see her.

7 out of 10
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Postby Scintillant-H » Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:39 am

Wanda seeks the daughter (Alice) of a murdered friend. A very magical friend who's magical bloodline Wanda needs to defeat a dark Tongji that is holding spirits captive to use their energy in his spells. The spirits call for freedom, so Wanda calls on Alice. Alice is happy to Fangirl over and assist a former Avenger, a side trip from finding her mother's demonic killer. In the end, Alice knew her spells were no match for Tongji, so she used a regular bullet. Then the girls went out for tea.

I see potential here, but I'm not feeling as much as its got. Alice isn't expressed well. We don't see most of her sides and she felt a bit flat as a result. However, she does have potential to be an interesting character. I'd read a book about her just to see them make her work. The way it ends really lends to that; she's only barely learned in the magical arts and she still has to find her mother's killer, so her journey is literally only just starting. Sadly, I'm betting Wanda will be strongly involved when it comes to finding the killer, which is logical from the publisher's perspective (where else will Alice appear? She hasn't warranted her own book, from a business angle), but a bit of poor form on the story's part. Alice should build up and break free from needing bigger names--but back to this book.

Wanda and Alice barely have real exchange (as in, some realistic friction) before hopping to the mission, its like everything just... Happens. They meet, get along just fine, jump to the site, get in just fine, Wanda jumps to their attackers and Alice jumps to the Tongji, just like that, and when its over, they hop back to civilization easy peasy. The most interesting parts are the beginning with the legend/ the grandmother and when Alice uses a real bullet to kill the Tongji. It's also got this feel like it's more about Alice than the MAIN CHARACTER, Wanda.

However, where its lacking, its just empty, rather than having negative qualities. A "0" is better than a "-15", etc. And besides the given flaws, the characters, though a tad boring as a result of being empty, were happy and optimistic. Even Tongji! That made this SOMETHING of a fun experience, and I still would love to see Alice develop.

7 out of 10.
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Postby Stephen Day » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:22 pm

Just for the record I posted my reviews today for Invader Zim #10 and Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat#7

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