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Scarlet Witch is a 1994 four-issue mini-series written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by John Higgens. It takes place in-between Avengers: West Coast #101 and #102.

Wanda Maximoff has been having ominous nightmares lately of a malevolent figure with her face causing death and destruction. After fighting off an invasion of demons with the help of the rest of the West Coast Avengers, she contacts Agatha Harkness and together, they go look for the cause of her dreams and the demons' attack.

In the basement of a library in the New England town of Unity, however, Wanda comes across the last person she would ever want to see again: a demonic Master Pandemonium. But how did he come back and who is actually responsible for everything?

For her next series, see Scarlet Witch (2015).


Tropes in Scarlet Witch (1994):

  • Attack on the Heart: How Wanda ultimately kills Lore, with a sword through the heart.
  • The Chosen One: Wanda learns that she's a Nexus Being.
  • Cold Iron: The demons' weakness is iron, so Wanda magically changes War Machine's armor to iron and this drives them off.
  • Demonic Possession: Lore defeats the West Coast Avengers and then possesses them in order to attack Wanda.
  • Dimension Lord: Lore, who magically corrupts dimensions and then, once those dimensions are consumed by her, she contacts the Nexus Being from the next dimension and starts over again.
  • Escaped from Hell: Master Pandemonium says he escaped from Hell itself due to his love for Wanda.
  • Evil Counterpart: Lore, who is explicitly the Evil Counterpart to the Scarlet Witch: just like Wanda, she is a Nexus Being, but unlike Wanda, she wants to conquer the multiverse instead of protecting it.
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lore tries to summon the spirits of the Nexi Beings she's killed to attack Wanda. Instead, they attack her, because, you know, she killed them.
  • Lovecraft Country: Unity.
  • Nightmare Sequence: What sets off Wanda's search for answers.
  • Shout-Out: Of the books found in Unity's library are a number from the Cthulhu Mythos:
  • Villainous Crush: Master Pandemonium is now obsessively in love with Wanda.