Few longtime Avengers have had as challenging a modern era as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. Despite her status as a regular Avenger since Avengers #16, Wanda became one of the most polarizing “heroes” in the community during some of the 2000’s major Marvel events!
Throughout her history, Wanda has been defined by complication. Right off the bat she’s mixed up with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, alongside her brother Quicksilver. Avengers membership grants Wanda a shot at redemption, and also leads to her ongoing romance and eventual marriage with the android Vision.
Fortunately, Wanda’s hex powers (since reclassified as chaos magic, or witchcraft) are significantly more confusing than her comic book history. I’ve outlined a detailed essential reading order for Scarlet Witch comics below!
Scarlet Witch Comic Book Reading Order
Collects: Uncanny X-Men #4 To #7, #11
Wanda and Pietro join the brotherhood of evil mutants! It’s an inauspicious debut for the future Avengers, as X-Men villains.
Collects: Avengers #16 To #30
Wanda quickly graduates beyond the “We might be the guys” nomenclature of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and joins the Avengers with brother Quicksilver! It’s the redemption tour Avengers lineup, as Wanda, Pietro, and Hawkeye join Captain America to atone for past criminal activity.
Collects: Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver #1
A modern retelling of Wanda’s origins as the Scarlet Witch.
Collects: Avengers (1963) 31-58, Annual (1967)1-2, X-Men (1963) 45, Not Brand Echh (1967) 5, 8
Collects: Avengers Origins: Vision #1
Collects: Avengers (1963) 59-88, Incredible Hulk (1968) 140, Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) 17, Material From Not Brand Echh 12
Collects: Avengers (1963) #89-100
When Wanda and her brother are taken hostage into outer space, the Avengers get in the middle of an intergalactic war to bring them back! Plus, it’s all hands on deck for the big 100th issue!
Collects: Avengers (1963) #101-111, Daredevil (1964) #99
Steve Englehart takes over as regular series writer halfway through and begins his long-term investment in Wanda as a character!
Collects: Avengers (1963) #112-119, Defenders (1972) #9-11
Englehart starts to bring the slow-burn attraction of Vision and the Scarlet Witch to the foreground- but not without a few curveballs! Plus, the Avengers/Defenders War!
Collects: Avengers (1963) 124-125, 129-135; Captain Marvel (1968) 33; Giant-Size Avengers 2-4; Avengers: Celestialquest 1-8
The origin of the Vision!
Scarlet Witch and the Vision
Collects: Marvel Team-Up #41 To #43
Collects: Avengers (1963) #136-149, Material from Marvel Treasury Edition (1974) #7
Wanda and Vision go on a brief honeymoon before returning to the Avengers and an adventure involving the Serpent Crown!
Collects: Avengers (1963) #150-163, Avengers Annual (1967) #6, Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #9
Wonder Man returns from the dead, sparking off a love triangle with Wanda and Vision lasting until modern day! The Private War of Dr. Doom! Plus, Wanda’s would-be, maybe could-be dad hangs around for a spell: the Golden Age speedster, The Whizzer?!?
Collects: Avengers (1963) #164-177, Avengers Annual (1967) #7, Marvel Two-In-One Annual (1976) #2
The all “Big Guns” volume! Jim Shooter and John Byrne on the Count Nefaria Trilogy! Jim Starlin and Thanos’ Final Threat! Avengers meet the Guardians of the 31st Century in the Korvac Saga! Plus, yet another slow-burn subplot begins surrounding Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch’s origin!
Collects: Avengers #181 To #187
Collects: Avengers (1963) #189-202, Marvel Premiere (1972) #55, Material from Tales To Astonish (1979) #12
Wanda attempts another leave of absence but this time is brought back to the Avengers by the most unfortunate of Carol Danvers plotlines…
Collects: Defenders (1972) #110-125, Avengers Annual (1967) #11
After finally leaving the Avengers, Wanda and Vision reunite with Beast and the Defenders, guest-starring on an adventure to the alternate Earth of the Squadron Supreme!
Collects: Giant-Size Avengers #4 And Vision And The Scarlet Witch #1-4
Collects: Marvel Team-Up #129 To #130
Collects: Avengers (1963) #231-241, Avengers Annual #11-12, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, Fantastic Four (1961) #256, And Doctor Strange (1974) #60
Collects: Avengers (1963) #242-254, Avengers Annual #13
Collects: Vision And The Scarlet Witch (1985) #1-12, And West Coast Avengers (1985) #2
Collects: West Coast Avengers (1984) 1-4; Iron Man Annual 7; Avengers (1963) 250; West Coast Avengers (1985) 1-16; Vision And The Scarlet Witch (1985) 1-2; Avengers Annual (1967) 15; West Coast Avengers Annual 1; Material From Avengers (1963) 239, 243-244, 246; Material From Avengers West Coast 10
Collects: Solo Avengers #5
Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch and the West Coast Avengers
Collects: Avengers West Coast 42-50
Collects: Avengers West Coast #51-57 And #60-62
Collects: Avengers West Coast 58-59, 63-75
Collects: Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme 31-36
Wanda plays a major role alongside Doctor Strange during the Infinity Gauntlet tie-ins!
Collects: Avengers (1963) 345-347, Avengers West Coast 80-82, Quasar 32-36, Wonder Man (1991) 7-9, Iron Man (1968) 278-279, Thor (1966) 445-446, Material From Captain America (1968) 398-400
Collects: Darkhold: Pages From The Book Of Sins (1992) #1-16, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #90, Material from Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #1-2 & Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #145
With Chthon and the Book of Sins so close to Wanda’s own origins, she lends a hand to the Darkhold Redeemers for a story arc!
Collects: Avengers West Coast 89-91, Annual 8; Vision (1994) 1-4
Collects: Secret Defenders (1993) #1-11
Wanda briefly joins Avengers alum Captain America and Spider-Man as part of Dr. Strange’s rotating 90s non-team!
Collects: Avengers West Coast 92-100, 102; Spider-Woman (1993) 1-4; Material From Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 143-144
Collects: Avengers (1963) #368-369, Avengers West Coast (1985) #101, X-Men (1991) #26, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #307, Black Knight: Exodus (1996) #1
Wanda’s kidnapped niece becomes the focal point of this A+X 30th Anniversary crossover!
Collects: Scarlet Witch 1-4, Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver 1; Material From Marvel Team-Up (1972) 125; Solo Avengers 5; Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 60-63, 143-144; Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch
Collects: Force Works (1994) #1-11, 12 (A Story), 13-15, Ashcan Edition, Century: Distant Sons (1996) #1, Material from Iron Man/Force Works Collectors’ Preview (1994)
Wanda leads Iron Man’s short-lived team of ex-Avengers!
Collects: X-Men (1991) #53-54, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #335, Onslaught: X-Men (1996), Avengers (1963) #401, Fantastic Four (1961) #415, Cable (1993) #34, Incredible Hulk (1962) #444
Wanda rejoins the Avengers just in time to face a mutant threat so powerful it seems to take the sacrifice of ALL the heroes to stop it!
Collects: Avengers (1996) #1-12
Wanda and the Avengers survive Onslaught and relive a version of their lives as S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives in a bubble universe reboot by a grab bag of talent including Rob Liefeld, Jeph Loeb and Walt Simonson!
Scarlet Witch Enters The 2000’s – Disassembled and House of M!
Collects: Avengers (1998) #1-23, 0, 1 Rough Cut; Iron Man (1998) #7; Captain America (1998) #8; Quicksilver #10; Avengers Annual ’98, ’99; Avengers Forever #1-12
Collects: Avengers 24-56, 1 1/2, Annual 2000-2001; Thunderbolts 42-44; Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet; Maximum Security 1-3; Avengers: The Ultron Imperative
Read Avengers issues up to #34 before starting Maximum Security. Annual 2000 is read between Avengers #27 and #28.
Collects: Avengers (1998) #57-63, Vision (2002)#1-4 , Thor (1998) #58, Iron Man (1998) #64
In the wake of a global crisis, Wanda is on hand when the Avengers are reorganized by the UN as a sovereign political entry! Just in time for a dispute with Thor and Asgard!
Collects: Avengers (1998) #64-76
Wanda and the Avengers uncover the Red Skull’s political manipulations and consequently need to go on the hunt for a rampaging She-Hulk!
Collects: Avengers (1998) #77-80
Wanda and the Avengers travel to England, combat the Wrecking Crew and gain an addition to the team along the way!
Collects: Avengers #500-503; Avengers Finale
The biggest Scarlet Witch story of the 2000’s comes hand in hand with the modern Marvel era of events.
Collects: Excalibur (2004) #11-14
Collects: House Of M #1 To #8
Collects: New Avengers #26
The return of the Scarlet Witch following House of M
Collects: Mighty Avengers #21 To #26
Collects: Mighty Avengers #27 to #32
Collects: Avengers: The Children’S Crusade 1-9, Avengers: The Children’S Crusade – Young Avengers 1, Uncanny X-Men 526 (B Story)
Following here return in the Children’s Crusade, Wanda is launched straight into Avengers vs. X-Men!
Marvel NOW! Scarlet Witch and the Uncanny Avengers
Collects: Uncanny Avengers #1 To #5
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 6-11, 8Au
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 12-17
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 18-22
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 23-25, Magneto 9-10, Uncanny Avengers Annual 1
Collects: Avengers & X-Men: Axis 1-9
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 1-5
Collects: Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch #1
Wanda After Secret Wars (2015)
Collects: Scarlet Witch 1-5
Collects: Doctor Strange (2015) #6-10, Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic (2016) #1
Wanda is among the magic wielders helping Doc Strange make a stand against the Empirikul!
Collects: Scarlet Witch 6-10
Collects: Scarlet Witch 11-14, Uncanny Avengers Annual 1
Collects: Secret Empire #0 To #8
Heaven forbid a Marvel event passes on the temptation to turn Scarlet Witch into a mini Dark Phoenix.
Collects: Uncanny Avengers 26-30
Wanda makes her return to the Avengers Unity squad, and Rogue is, once again, not happy about it.
Collects: Avengers (2016) #675-690
Wanda is a key part of this large cast assembly as the Elders of the Universe play a deadly cosmic game with the Earth!
Collects: Quicksilver: No Surrender (2018) #1-5
Wanda is her brother’s guiding constant back to reality in this immediate follow-up to the similarly-named Avengers story!
Collects: Avengers: No Road Home (2019) #1-10
Wanda is among this informal squad on a dimension-spanning adventure and encounters Conan The Barbarian!
Collects: Star #1 to #5
Yes, this Captain Marvel spinoff is quite relevant for Wanda, and in writer Kelly Thompson’s hands, quite good!
Collects: Strange Academy #1 to #6
Wanda’s a teacher at the new Marvel school for magic.
Issues: #1, #4
The Jonathan Hickman written issues of the X-Men’s Empyre crossover deal with Wanda’s attempts to atone for her role in the mutant Decimation.