The Story So Far… “The Vision” #1-6 (Review)
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire
The Vision, written by Tom King, and illustrated by Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire is a comic book series that anyone who has felt like an outsider can relate to. This feeling can be felt throughout the entire series. The basic plot of the story is our amazing Avengers hero, The Vision, has to get a normal job because The Avengers are no longer getting paid by the government for saving the world. Getting a job is Vision’s first step in going from an outsider to feeling apart of normal society. His next step is getting a home in the suburbs and raising a family there. However, like in the 1960’s civil rights era, Vision and his family are treated like African Americans moving into a Caucasian neighborhood.
The neighbors talk behind their backs and the Vision’s kids are mistreated at school. The Vision family tries hard to fit in, but because of how they look and their super powers everyone treats them like outsiders. They are seemingly unwelcome because like always, man hates what it fears and what man fears is what man can’t control or explain. As the story progresses, certain neighbors and other people start trying to destroy the normal life Vision has worked so hard for. If you have ever felt like trying to fit in and have been pushed out by other students or people at your work, then you can relate to the Vision.
The art and the story telling of the vision set the tone for the comic book. Having the comic be narrated by the Vision and sometimes by one of the his family members, gives us a better sense of understating their plight. The comic has a bright set of colors and the expressions on each character are priceless. Through each character’s expression we can feel the eminent sense of loneliness that plagues the Vision family. In issue two, when we get the climax of our first arc, it is at this point when the Visions truly feel they are different. By issue seven, you have the denouement approaching. I almost feel like crying for Vision. He is just a dad trying to protect his family while remaining a hero. Each of these heartfelt moments makes the series feel like it moves very fast and not a single scene feels empty.
The Vision is relatable to us in many ways. He has his friends, the Avengers, a job, and a family. However, some people think because he is half human and half robot that he doesn’t deserve to have the greater things in life, the little thing that make us human. In many ways, the writer mirrors the struggle for comic book fans and geeks trying to fit in. Many people aren’t into comic books and video games, so many put “us” in this box they label as outsiders. King, in one of the letters to the writer, starts off with this long tangent on how he himself felt like an outsider growing up and wanted this comic to be a series people could relate and sympathize with.
The Vision does a stellar job at getting out the characters expressions in the writing and in the illustrations. The pace of the story is also superb.. The one story element I feel the writers could have done better is give a little more explanation into how the Visions family was made. I feel this is a missing element and important to character development. Other than that, the series so far is good and I love seeing the characters together and alone. If you want to learn what happens to Vision and family you should definitely pick up The Vision from Marvel comics!