It’s October — the month of monsters and witches and goblins and such. Let’s see how that plays out in the calendars.
My freebie Marvel Comics calendar dedicates this month to its green-skilled Jekyll-and-Hyde. What new can I say about The Incredible One? He had a very good 2012 as the surprise star of “The Avengers” movie. After two moderately successful solo films it turns out the ultimate loner works best in an ensemble. Go figure.
OK, now this makes me mad. It’s not that I don’t like Medusa, I like her fine. She’s one of my favorite Inhumans. But they used this exact same image in last year’s Women of Marvel Calendar (September 2011 to be precise).
The Number 1 rule of calendar making should be: Don’t Repeat Yourself. I don’t mind that they’re using Medusa again — even though there are plenty of other women of Marvel that are deserving of a spot — but if you’re going to use her again, at least use a different picture. There are plenty of Medusa images out there.
Oh Wanda, back in the ’70s you were The Woman of Marvel, now they won’t even put you in their calendars. It’s wrong indeed that Marvel has been doing these calendars for three years and never featured the Scarlet Witch once. Yet they found room for the same image of Medusa twice. This is why I started the Unofficial RROY REPORT Women of Marvel Calendar.
Wanda Maximoff is the mutant daughter of Magneto and twin sister of Quicksilver. She first appeared in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men,” where she and her brother were members of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (No one knew Wanda and Pietro were Magneto’s children at the time — no one including Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the characters’ creators).
Wanda and Pietro broke away from the brotherhood and joined The Avengers at the same time as Hawkeye, in the classic 16th issue of the series. Wanda was a longtime mainstay of the group until a few years ago when she went temporarily crazy and killed Hawkeye and a few other, lesser Avengers. She’s been on the outs with the superhero community lately which is probably why she hasn’t appeared in any calendars. But she’s recently resurfaced and is scheduled to be a featured player in the upcoming “Uncanny Avengers” comic so it looks like Wanda will be back in the spotlight soon.
I cannot explain Wanda’s powers to you and neither can anyone else.