Vision #8 Review

Posted June 9, 2016 by Jason Adams in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Publisher: Marvel

Writer Tom King’s jump up to comic bigwig status over the last while becomes increasingly well-deserved with every new issue of Vision that gets released. Some series are great when you step back and look at the story as a whole, and some are lacking in that way but grab any individual issue, and it’ll still be a load of fun to read. King’s ability to cover both macro story (over an arc) and micro story (over an issue), however, is fantastic. Every issue in the series has its own vibe or theme and stands out relative to the rest of its brethren (are issues in a series brothers? This is more confusing than Vision’s actual family tree). This issue is no different, and serves as the brief reprieve from the depressing saga where the family is visited by their fun uncle (another family sitcom trope slightly twisted by King). Victor Mancha’s days spent with the Vision family (let’s all just assume their last name is Vision too) are for the most part cheery, save for the ending, but it’s easy to see that in the grand scheme of the series, this bright spot will serve to contrast itself against the dreary flashblacks of the last issue and the horror that’s sure to follow in the next. It’s a nice break from the almost monotonous glum tone most issues have (again, save for the ending), and really highlights King’s prowess with big-picture writing.

Within the issue, King’s talent is again very clear. Victor’s time with his family inevitably falls apart at the end (alas, nothing gold can stay, so sayeth Tom) before things begin to fall apart, but the characters and scenes are written so well that you forget that there’s only been less than an issue’s worth of familial relationships being destroyed in the final pages. Victor, with possibly his first reunion appearance with the Vision since Avengers A.I., a series for which I may the only person with an intense passion, endears his relationships with his extended family to the readers so expertly that when he attacks his nephew after spending a few short panels together, you already feel genuinely betrayed. Shocking displays of violence are par for the course in the series though, and one can at least be thankful that every issue gives us a doctor-approved dose of genuine plot progression.

Having seen Captain America: Civil War since the release of the last issue, it’d be hard to not compare the portrayals of our fine ferrous friend across media. The naïve altruistic Vision we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron stood in stark contrast to the current comic version, who’s emotionally cold, aids in murders, and defiles corpses. In Civil War, however, we see a Vision slightly closer to the soulless death- droid that is King’s iteration of the character. He tries to protect what he loves without fully understanding it and ends up hurting those he cares about, which is all-too-familiar to readers of this series. Perhaps in the next Avengers movie he’ll be dissecting dogs and creating a weird incestuous family as well.

Knowing that this series has a finite end to it while reading it (given Tom King’s exclusive contract with DC) makes the references to Vision’s eventual razing of the world (and now Victor’s fratricidal demise) all the more ominous. Given how dark the story has been so far, believing that ol’ Tommy K. plans to actually follow through on the series’ narrator’s grim foreshadowing statements is not at all a hard pill to swallow.

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