Vision #7 Writer: Tom King Pencils: Michael Walsh Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles Publisher: Marvel
In his quest to become human, Vision, a synthezoid(android) created by the Avengers’ villain Ultron has created his own family. A sythezoid wife named Virginia, a son named Vin, and a daughter named Viv. The family of four move to the suburbs of Washington D.C. and strive to appear normal and fit in with their neighbors. The husband has a job, the kids go to school, and the wife stays home.
However when a threatening intruder breaks into their home while Vision is away, Virginia was left with no alternative but to take his life in order to protect her children. Troubles only amplified when a witness blackmails Virginia and a scuffle ensued, causing the man being put in a comma and the accidental death of his son, a friendly classmate of Viv’s. Vision was then put into the position to cover for his wife and lie to the police in order to protect his family and appear human. But by lying to law enforcement in an effort to protect his loved ones, is Vision becoming more human than he thinks he already is?
This book has been an impressively genuine surprise and after its brilliant first story arc, you’d expect the first installment in the second arc would deal with the aftermath. Instead, writer Tom King has decided to go back and tell the up and down love life of Vision and Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch. Showing the events that boosted his desire to be human. Normally, I’m not a fan of prequels and origin stories, I’d rather the writer move the story forward. In this case however, King’s execution is superb and the comic is dropped the Wednesday after the release of Captain America: Civil War. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone but those who’ve seen the movie know why this story is so impactful.
It’s opening scene is simply fantastic, I won’t give it away but giving the cover, you can probably take a logical guess the circumstances it takes place in. It’s able to effectively combine the emotions of awkwardness, insecurity, uncertainty, grief, and humor all in a matter of a few pages. It’s remarkably effective and is able to capture all these moods with both the dialogue and the artwork, which we’ll talk about shortly.
The issue then transitions to showing scenes within the couples time together and again, I don’t want to spoil it as it’s much more compelling to experience it yourself. What I can say is that through these short glimpses into this time in Vision’s life, you can see him slowly transition from being a simple villain turned hero, into an A.I. longing for a sense of humanity and purpose. His desires are so strong that it comes to a situation that forces Wanda to break it off. The entire issue if full of both uplifting and heartbreaking moments and when the final page is revealed, it all comes full circle.
Michael Walsh is brought in to this issue as a guest artist, taking over penciling duties for Gabriel Hernandez Walta and it’s a strong fit. Walsh’s pencils are able to capture the moods of strange and creepy that Walta had already established in this comic. The characters also don’t look all that much different which can be a problem whenever you bring on a guest artist. What’s really impressive is that there are multiple emotional shifts in this book and Walsh is able to convey them all. The facial expressions are on point and not too over the top or cartoony. It’s very grounded and based in reality, making it all the more powerful. Jordie Bellaire returns for color work and again knocks it out of the park. The dark, vivid colors are striking and creates a vibe to the comic that’ll have you at unease but not wanting to stop looking.
Tom King’s work on this new chapter of Vision has been really impressive and the seventh installment is arguably the strongest one yet. The series is already dealing with heavy material and this issue brings it to another level. Vision is not your typical superhero and while this comic is lacking in heroic action, the writing is able to grab your attention and investment to a point where you don’t want it to end. With the various emotional shifts and striking visuals, Vision #7 is my pick of the week.
Score: 5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach