Talk Nerdy to Me Comics, movies, TV shows
In this episode Jack and Troy discuss upcoming movies, ongoing TV series, and of course give you their comic book pick of the week.
Jack picks Batman & the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This title is a collaboration between DC Comics and IDW Publishing. It was announced during IDW’s panel at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. It will be a six-part monthly miniseries written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Freddie Williams II. In addition, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and other guest artists will be providing some variant covers. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their arch-enemy, the Shredder, have been transported to an alternate universe by Krang. In Gotham City they meet Batman. They clash with a series of his famous “rogues gallery” while attempting to find their way home.
Troy picks Scarlet Witch. Scarlet Witch origin is initially as a mutant. She was born with the ability to alter reality in unspecific ways. She was introduced as the daughter of the Golden Age superhero Whizzer. A retcon later established she and her twin brother Quicksilver were the children of X-Men villain Magneto. This parentage was their status quo until 2014. A further retcon revealed that she and Quicksilver were in fact non-mutants. They had been kidnapped and experimented on by the High Evolutionary. They were misled to believe that Magneto was their father.
Scarlet Witches powers
Scarlet Witch is able to manipulate probability via her “hexes” (often manifesting physically as “hex spheres” or “hex bolts”). These hexes are relatively short range, being limited to her line of sight. Casting a hex requires a gesture and concentration on her part, though the gestures are largely a focus for the concentration. Despite this precision, the hexes are not necessarily guaranteed to work, particularly if Wanda is tired or using her powers excessively. If overextended, Wanda’s hexes can backfire, causing probability to work against her wishes or even undo previous hexes.
Early in her career, Wanda’s hexes were subconscious on her part, and would be automatically triggered whenever she made a particular gesture, regardless of her intent. These hexes would only manifest “bad luck” effects. She later gained enough control over her powers so they only work when she wants them to, and they are not limited to negative effects. She can use her hexes to light flammable objects, contain or remove air from a particular volume, deflect objects, stop the momentum of projectiles, open doors, explode objects, create force fields, deflect magical attacks etc.
The effects are varied but almost always detrimental to opponents, such as causing the artifact the Evil Eye to work against the inter-dimensional warlord Dormammu, forcing the robot Ultron to short circuit, or a gas main underneath the Brotherhood of Mutants to explode. Scarlet Witch also has the potential to wield magic and later learned that she was destined to serve the role of Nexus Being, a living focal point for the Earth dimension’s mystical energy.