Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Petula Neale as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch, has had quite a time in pages of Avengers. She’s been possessed, driven mad, rewritten the universe, and had her fair share of blood on her hands. She’s the Avengers answer to the X-Men‘s Jean Grey. A lot of big stories have revolved around Wanda’s powers and her ability to control them. Even now on WandaVision (on Disney+), the fate our world is threatened by the power of The Scarlet Witch. With so many event books and origin retellings, it’s hard to keep track of it all. But this week on Bloodbath, we look back to one of her first origin stories, Nights of Wundagore (Avengers Vol. 1 #281 to #287).

Written by David Michelinie with art by John Byrne, the Nights of Wundagore story took place during a time of big transitions for Avengers. In order to get special security clearances from the government, they had to limit their team to seven members. The Falcon was in and Hawkeye was out. At the same time, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver find out about a possible forgotten childhood. The twins would leave the team for a time to investigate this lost past. The result of the trip leads to Wanda possessed by the demon Chthon. There’s also a throw down with the Absorbing Man of epic proportions!

Join Andrew and Petula to look back on a highly underrated late-70s Avengers tale. They also get into some of the crazy character and plot choices from a bygone era. All in a days work here on Back Issue Bloodbath.

Have an idea for a certain topic we should cover? Have an indie comic book you’d like us to review? Send us an email at geekhardshow@gmail.com with “Back Issue Bloodbath” in the subject line. We’d love to hear from you. And be sure to join our Facebook page for exclusive content. Support us on Patreon.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!