Marvel Team-Up #129-130 (1983): Vision and Scarlet Witch

In a very unusual twist, Ed Hannigan pencils the cover and John Byrne inks it.  I’d love to know the story behind getting Byrne to ink over someone else’s pencils.  I don’t think I’ve seen him do that before.  Like, ever.

Back in Captain America #269, we saw that Mad Thinker created a bunch of robots of famous writers and philosophers so that he could talk to folks who were at his intellectual level.  Turns out, those robots are still living in New Hampshire, and they want integrate into society.  So, they collectively reach out through some kind of robotic psychic tool to The Vision to ask his help in launching them into new lives.

Unfortunately, at the same time, Robot Fydor Dostoyevsky is falsely accused of being a serial killer and Peter Parker is around to get the story for the Daily Bugle.  Although he’s exonerated, this makes the robots no longer want to be a part of crazy humanity.

Issue #130 isn’t really tied too much to #129.  Vision’s wife, Wanda, is attacked by Defenders’ foe Necrodamus who wants to steal Vision’s body so that he can have an ageless existence. 

Wanda has a prescient dream of the conflict to come.

I don’t really like Scarlet Witch being portrayed like this.

She’s amazingly powerful. And JM DeMatteis could have accomplished this same goal–her going to look for Vision–just by having Wanda be worried because she had a bad dream and, historically, a lot of her dreams come true.

Despite knowing it’s going to happen, Wanda is possessed by Necrodamus.

I really should have started a “Scarlet Witch is possessed” tag earlier than this. It happens A LOT and I know I’ve missed many instances. If you know any, please drop me a comment and I’ll add it to the issue post.

Necrodamus is eventually defeated and shunted into a little dog’s body.

Okay, that sequence bumps this story up from a C to a C+. That’s just hilarious, and a quintessential ’80s moment.

As is this:

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