Despite being half-sisters, Scarlet Witch and Polaris have never really known each other very well. It’s been nearly 10 years since they last spoke a single word to each other. So what better way to change that then to simply give them a girl’s day out?
When the Scarlet Witch first shows up to say hi to her sister, Polaris is resistant to the idea of hanging out. Only after Danger says it’s a good idea does she agree to head to town. The rest of this issue is actually a great character study for both characters, exploring Wanda’s lack of experience with general socializing while examining Polaris’s mindset. To make this issue more entertaining, Peter David throws in a number of jokes, including a bit too much drinking on Wanda’s part and Danger’s extremely awkward requests for, well … it’s in the preview pages if you want it spoiled. And it wouldn’t be a proper superhero’s day out without them running into some sort of situation or two.
The situation that presents itself involves a staged witch burning, however with a bit of criminal intent thrown in. One of the “knights” is upset over the “witch” for declining a date with him, and then making fun of him online later. This leads to a decent action scene with some more humour thrown in, but that’s not the important part. The important part is that this particular scene feels quite relevant to a huge controversy happening in the video game world right now. Basically, there are two women in the industry who are suffering a fury of hateful comments and death threats by much of the gaming community. It’s one thing to respectfully criticise one’s work, but it’s another thing entirely to send death threats to their families and publish all sorts of rumors and stolen information about them online. I won’t expand on it further or provide any links, but it kind of makes me ashamed to be a gamer. Sure, the comic industry has its fair share of controversy, including Scott Lobdell’s sexual harassment scandal, but I’ve never heard of anything this bad. At least for me, this is what makes this issue special.
The art by Pop Mhan and Scott Hanna is simple but it works. The environments are set up nicely, and Wanda appears appropriately drunk after having five beers in half an hour. There’s not much else to say about the art really. It works, but it’s nothing special.
It’s a bit odd that there are two “hang-out” issues in a row, with the last one concerning Quicksilver and his daughter Luna, but that’s not a huge problem. Both of these issues do a great job at exploring their respective characters while retaining a sense of fun. This isn’t the greatest issue of All New X-Factor yet, but it’s certainly worth reading if you enjoy the series, Polaris or the Scarlet Witch.