The Vision (2016~2017) by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta

‘For a moment, as she listened to her family argue and laugh, Virginia felt content. She belonged here. They belonged here. Everything in the end would be good.

That moment lasted 1.72 seconds.’

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Originally created as a weapon by Ultron, The Vision just wants to be normal. He has extraordinary powers, is a fully-fledged member of the Avengers, but what he most wants is an ordinary human life. So, he creates a family: wife Virginia and twin children Viv and Vin. They move into a house in the suburbs and are welcomed by the neighbours. The twins start attending the local school. Everything seems to be going well. But can it last?

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I loved The Vision, Volume 1, even though it was a slow build. I enjoyed the world-building, characterization, and the creeping sense of dread accompanied by the eye-catching artwork. The attempts by the Vision Family to fit in and adapt to an ordinary life is skillfully written by Tom King. The family’s discussions on what it means to be normal, as well as the brief glimpses of some of the secondary characters’ lives, allow the creative team to comment on modern life in America.

“I’m just trying to be straight, to be real with you, y’know?”

“Yes. I know. But please understand. I too am trying to be real.”

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In my opinion The Vision, Volume 2 is even better. The opening chapter throws light on Vision’s past relationship with the Scarlet Witch and it is beautifully done. We get a deeper feel for his character and discover he has a history; he has loved and been loved. Then the narrative shifts its velocity into *can’t-put-this-down-til-the-end* as events spiral out of control.

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Keeping this as spoiler-free as possible, I’ll just say that it’s tense, thrilling and packs a true emotional punch. You just have to keep reading until you’ve finished, and then you’ll probably want to start again from the beginning.

Reading this story is akin to holding up a mirror to our millennial lives and seeing how we might look to someone on the outside. How would we react to that which is markedly different from us; especially when that difference includes incredible powers that we can only dream of? How do “outsiders” fit in? What exactly is “ordinary”? How far would we go to maintain our so-called normal lives? It’s fascinating stuff.

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The Vision comes with my highest recommendation. If you have any interest in comic books or the graphic novel as a storytelling medium, then this is a perfect example of just how good this medium can be.

4.5★ but perhaps I’m being a bit stingy!? I always hesitate to award something with the full fathom five stars because I don’t want to seem like I’m just throwing them out for fun. But this is a truly exceptional work of graphic storytelling.

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