REVIEW: Wanda Triumphant in Darkhold: Omega
In Darkhold: Omega #1 by Steve Orlando, Cian Tormey, Roberto Poggi, Marc Deering, Walden Wong, Jesus Alburtov, and Clayton Cowles, with a main cover by Chris Bachalo, we get a conclusive issue that gives further insight into the nature of this semi-anthology Marvel Comics crossover event… and ends with Wanda exactly where we want her, Marvel Blog True Believers: in a position of unqualified triumphant!
Darkhold: Omega #1
In this issue, we return to the point at which Darkhold: Alpha #1 left us: Iron Man, Blade, Wasp, Black Bolt, and Spider-Man have been summoned by the Scarlet Witch in order to fight in the arrival of Chthon on Earth… but in order to ensure they can venture into his domain and fight him before he arrives, they must first temper their minds by reading from the Darkhold.
What they read inside the Darkhold is the five one-shot issues we’ve reviewed over the past few months here at Marvel Blog… and these reveal horrifying alternate fates for our heroes. This knowledge has turned them into corrupted versions of themselves (but note that these corrupted versions seem to be distinct from the variants we met in said one-shots).
In this issue, the corrupted variants fight Chthon (at least for a while). We also see the return of the somewhat obscure Marvel Comics character Omega the Unknown (check out Marvel Blog’s previous coverage of the 1970s, Philip K Dick-style super hero here).
And on top of all that, we get to see Wanda triumph over both Doctor Doom (who deserves to get beat by Wanda) and Chthon, laying claim to the elder god’s titular tome in a way that speaks to Orlando’s acumen with adroitly writing Marvel magic (reminding me of his work on Curse of the Man-Thing, Marvel Blog True Believers).
No, MORE Wanda
Let’s hope this isn’t the last time we get to see Wanda triumphant in the panels of Marvel Comics for the foreseeable future! What did you think of Darkhold: Omega #1? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!