Rating: 4/5 – Who Knew an Android Could Be So Emotional!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Vision continues its fascinating and sad look at the long time Avenger/android’s life. As the drama and pressure of trying to live a normal life continue to weigh on not only the Vision himself but also his family, this latest issue takes a break from all of that and takes a look at his past. As the cover beautifully exhibits, this issue is all about Vision’s relationship with Scarlet Witch highlighting numerous moments in their past, both powerful and emotional.
As the story opens, Vision is telling a joke to Wanda that, as the story unfolds, becomes more depressing the more you think about it. Tom King’s story takes the reader through some key moments in the story of Vision and Wanda’s life from a team fight where they have a quiet moment as a couple while the action revolves around them, to their complicated and disturbing relationship with their children, and eventually to their dealing with their lives after splitting apart. Although this story breaks away from the main storyline that was set up in the first six issues and will continue on into the next, this could be considered one of the most emotional stories of the series so far.
Guest artist Michael Walsh does a nice job filling in on the art duties this issue and although at times the art comes off as a bit flat, he’s able to convey a lot of emotion within the panels. There’s a particular scene where the Scarlet Witch is sitting in a chair as she copes with the loss of her children and the shadows are just right, showing the weight of emotions she has to deal with and how an android does his best to console his sensitive human partner.
The Vision may not make me smile after reading each issue, but it stays with me long after reading. Although this story doesn’t move the story from the 1st six issues forward, it felt like a smart choice for Tom King to dive into the Vision’s past to see how those experiences are shaping the mess that is currently his life right now. This issue is yet another example of why The Vision is one of Marvel’s most compelling and personal series.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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