Title: The Vision.
Writer(s): Tom King.
Penciller(s): Gabriel Hernandez Walta (#1-6, #8-12) & Michael Walsh (#7).
Colourist(s): Jordie Bellaire.
Letterer(s): VC’s Clayton Cowles.
Release Date: January 23rd 2018.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating:
Sometimes you just want to belong, to be part of something bigger, to be normal when everything else hints that you are not. While life presents itself as an open playground where one can fully actualize himself with the proper means, it is the pursuit of happiness that remains integral to achieving contentment. For a synthezoid created to destroy and not embrace life, happiness might just be the attainment of normalcy, to be human, and to relish the gift of family without judgment or ill-treatment. Exploring existential questions about life through the superhero Vision comes the creative team of Tom King and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta who look to explore a story of belonging and tragedy in a 12-issue limited comic book series. This hardcover volume also contains detailed behind-the-scene content, from sketches to scripts, that fans will love to discover, especially in regards to the entire process behind the creation of this magnum opus.
What is The Vision about? The Vision of the Avengers wants a normal life. Having been created by Ultron with the sole purpose to serve his master and destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it has never been in his program to belong to a homogeneous society, especially when he is not human. To embark on this new journey, he returns to the laboratory where Ultron created him as a weapon and creates the one thing that could allow him to become normal: a family. And thus is born his wife Virginia, and his teenage twins, Viv and Vin. While normalcy isn’t just moving into the suburbs of Washington, D.C, the Vision will have to learn to adapt to his environment, to his job, to his role as a parent, and especially to the people around him. Unfortunately, skeletons in his closet will make things a bit difficult.
“To assert as truth that which has no meaning is the core mission of humanity.”— Tom King
Nothing can be easy for a family of advanced artificial intelligence looking to blend in with humans who have never been around entities that possess enhanced abilities, from intellect to strength, capable of killing at a moment’s notice. While the Visions have established somewhat of a routine that allows them to indulge in human activities, from visiting museums to going to school, it is being accepted as normal amongst others that prove to be the hardest task yet. In this incredibly compelling and gut-wrenching story, writer Tom King and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta achieve unimaginable humanity through the Visions while grounding them in their habitual rational and logical thought processes and behaviours. The lessons learned through adversity bring these characters to explore normal human behaviours processed through the lenses of synthezoids only to invite readers to ponder questions about life and what makes us human.
With themes of love, family, religion, and justice, explored through multiple key characters, it is only befitting that the artwork follows suit and establishes a cohesive and coherent form to the narrative. Little can be reproached at what artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta achieves as he portrays the Visions in a very robotic yet human design that is further crystallized by writer Tom King’s own monotonous writing. The softness of these characters is also beautifully contrasted to their deadlier facets when the narrative shifts and reminds us of the very threat that makes Vision and his creations doomed to be feared no matter what. The excellent colouring also captures a modern American setting that contributes to the illusion in which Vision lives. While one could imagine that emotions would be difficult to grasp by these characters, this story proves otherwise and presents the Vision and his family with raw feelings stunningly captured through their facial expressions and body language.
In the end, this creative team outdoes themselves in elevating this character’s reputation by giving readers around the world the chance to understand the complexity of this superhero’s existence through a tale that explores the very question of what it means to be alive.
The Vision is a heartbreaking tale of truth, happiness, and life as a family of synthezoids attempts to embrace the American dream.