Wandavision is officially hitting our screens in a week, so there’s no better time to start picking up some related comics!
But, where to start? There’s hundreds, if not thousands, of comics involving Wanda and Vision, which ones are good, or relevant, to the TV show?Tweet
That’s where I’m coming in with my top three comics to read before Wandavision!
Some are part of a larger series, but I can assure you that each one of these will be connected into the show in some way or other, so let’s get into it, starting with the obvious:
House Of M by Brian Michael Bendis
The Marvel event of the decade is here! The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff! The Scarlet Witch is out of control, and the fate of the entire world is in her hands. Will Magneto help his daughter or use her powers to his own benefit? Starring the Astonishing X-Men and the New Avengers! You know how sometimes you hear the phrase: and nothing will ever be the same again? Well, this time believe it, buster! Nothing will ever be the same again!
Yes, I’m talking about House Of M again, but, to be fair, every time I do (and will continue to do throughout this month) is relevant – I’m not just pushing it because it’s my favourite event!
House Of M is a perfect comic to read before Wandavision for a few reasons. Firstly, because Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) love the comic themselves, and have spoken at length, about how much they want to see it adapted to the big screen. Secondly, the events leading up to the TV show mirror the events leading up to the House Of M event, I.E. Vision dies, along with several other Avengers, and now he is alive again thanks to Wanda’s powers.
It’s not entirely set in stone, but I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet to be reading House Of M in the lead up to the show’s release! I’ll also be releasing a reading guide in the next few weeks for any of you who need it!
Scarlet Witch by James Robinson
Witchcraft is broken – and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place?
I’m not just saying to read this Scarlet Witch series because it focuses on Wanda, but because it’s also been hinted at being a basis for Wandavision. Kevin Feige, the man in charge of Marvel Studios, has already said that Wandavision is based on two comics, and the executive of marketing at Marvel has hinted at this on twitter:
This could be a red herring, but considering Feige’s words, and the fact that this specific series focuses on Wanda’s power origins, and how she gets the name ‘Scarlet Witch,’ I’d say it definitely wouldn’t hurt to give the series a read.
Vision by Tom King
One of the most celebrated comic books of the century, collected in full alongside an expansive array of special features! Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning – to the laboratory where Ultron created him as a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny and imagined that he could be more – that he could be a man.
There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition – or is that obsession? – the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions! Theirs is a story of togetherness and tragedy – one that will send the Android Avenger into a devastating confrontation with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Finally, I’m recommending Tom King’s Vision. It’s about Vision, living with his (robot) family in suburbia, just like Wanda and Vision are in the show. The common theory among fans is that this is the other comic Wandavision is based on, so it’s definitely a safe bet.
Also, let’s be honest here, Vision doesn’t get enough solo adventures, so this is a great way to get to know him better while you’re at it!
And there you have it – my top three recommendations to read before Wandavision! Keep checking back every Friday for more recommendations, character profiles, and all things comic-universe Wanda and Vision!