The Vision #6 Writer: Tom King Pencils: Gabriel Hernandez Walta Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles Publisher: Marvel
The Vision #6 is the conclusion to the first story arc of this new series called “Little Worse Than A Man”. Written by Tom King, a relative new comer to the comic book medium and has been met with instant success. The former CIA operative has provided us readers with a series that was nothing that we expected when it was announced last year but is executed brilliantly and absolutely mesmerizing.
What’s more human than family? That’s what the Vision’s asks himself when he decides he wants to be a human. So he goes to the lab in which he was created by Ultron and creates his own android family. There’s the wife, Virginia and two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They all share Vision’s powers, ambition, and obsession, to be normal.
Thats the set up for the start of this series and in previous issues Virginia uses deadly force in order to stop the villain Grim Reaper when he attacks her and her children when her husband was away. After a suspenseful and tense scene of bribery, Virginia digs herself into a deeper hole and Vision’s suspicions has increased. Now finding himself needing to cover for his family and lie in order to protect his loved ones, is Vision going against his morals or is he becoming more human then he thinks?
This issue shows us Vision, while making a discuvery going to the same lengths that his wife was willing to take. However this one may be even more grotesque depending on your own personnel thoughts. He even takes it one step further to cover his tracks that is beyond disturbing.
The overriding theme throughout this series is personal identity. Are we born into it? Is it predetermined? Or can we create it?
Art in this book is done by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire and it is perfect for this story. The premise of this book is creepy and Walta’s pencils are able to convey that through the character design’s. He is able to give the androids a human look to them with the facial expressions but Bellaire’s colors show that they’re anything but. However, are they becoming human? Bellaire uses a palette of warm colors to capture the comic’s grim and dark tone.
Unfortunately, I can’t go into too much detail of this issue without spoiling it but rest assured, you won’t be disappointed if you pick this up. It’s a satisfying closing to a story arc that is not only creepy and dark but executed in a brilliant way. King has contributed a comic that was totally unexpected but is a pleasure to read. Those make some of the most appeasing stories. The issue plays with great themes and questions to be analyzed and while it does give us a conclusion, it leaves itself open-ended with new characters brought in and I must say, called it.
Score: 5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach