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X-Men: First Class (2006 Series) #7

March 19, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Who Wants to Date a Millionaire?
Rating: A

Warren is missing… so is the Scarlet Witch… is there a love connection?

Writer: Jeff Parker
Art: Roger Cruz
Colors: Val Staples
Letters: Nate Piekos
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The latest journey into the early days of the X-Men brings us to a point shortly after Magneto and the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants’ first major defeat, when he was whisked away into space by the Stranger and Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch left his cause. Pietro pays the X-Men a visit, seeking his sister, who has gone missing. Coincidentally enough, Angel has been disappearing lately as well. Is there a connection?

Well of course there is, it’s a comic book, and there are always connections between such things. The purpose of this issue, interestingly, seems to be to flesh out the Scarlet Witch’s character in a way we haven’t seen before. In her early appearances, Wanda was a very quiet, submissive character. Even when she followed Magneto, it was mostly because Pietro decided that’s what they should do. This issue, Parker tries to give a little bit of an explanation to her behavior, making her seem a little less primitive. I’m not entirely sure that’s a necessary change, though. To be sure, Wanda’s early attitude isn’t exactly PC, but when you consider the culture in which she was raised, that’s acceptable to me.

Still, the stuff we see here works quite well and fits both her character and Warren’s, so it’s hard to be too disturbed by it. It’s a good story, and fits perfectly in the tone this series has established. Parker has done a great job of updating the old-fashioned versions of these characters, and it’s obviously paid of.

Roger Cruz is equally well-suited for the book – his style is classic, but doesn’t look out of place among modern comics. I’m still not wild about the costume retcons, but I can live with it. This has been a simple, fun book, and it’s being rewarded with an ongoing soon. A wise choice on Marvel’s part.

Rating: 8/10

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