comic recs: vision
by tom king, gabriel hernandez walta, and jordie bellaire

Best of my 2016 – Vision (Marvel, Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire)

The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? He goes to the laboratory where he was created, where Ultron molded him into a weapon, where he first rebelled against his given destiny, where he first imagined that he could be more, that he could be good, that he could be a man, a normal, ordinary man. And he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition or perhaps obsession: the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold The Visions! They’re the family next door, and they have the power to kill us all. What could possibly go wrong?


• Once upon a time a robot and a witch fell in love. What followed was a tale of the dead and the dying, of the hopeful and the lost, of the wronged and the avenged. And in the end, after both had fallen, the witch and the robot rose from their dirt and eyed each other across a field of blood and bone.
• Forty-five years in the making, this is the story of Scarlet Witch and the Vision. Before family, there was love. And war.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

[The Vision #1 cover]

This is what you need to know:

THE VISION is a synthezoid – an android composed of synthetic human blood and organs. He was created by Ultron to destroy The Avengers, but instead he turned on his “father”, and he’s been a member of the superhero team ever since.

Recently, Vision purged the emotions associated with his memories from his hard drive in order to keep his processing system running smoothly. But the consequences of this action have yet to be fully realized…

In the first issue of Marvel’s ongoing comic THE VISION, we find out that Vision doesn’t dream. His family doesn’t dream. They lie alone at night, processing the day’s events. Deciding what to keep and what to forget.

All in the quest to become more human. Normal.

A synthetic man builds a synthetic family and moves to the suburbs. They have the same skin, the same powers. The same curiosity about the world and humanity. What does it mean to be normal and ordinary when they are so clearly not?

THE VISION is a story of ever-increasing tragedy. There will be death. Synthetics will act like humans. But humans are capable of doing monstrous things in the name of love. What has been unleashed upon the world?