Today’s Super Comic — The Vision #6 (2016)

vision-6Lots of good books added to Marvel Unlimited this week, and here’s another.

The Vision keeps getting creepier and more compelling with each issue. In your standard superhero book, you know the good guys will ultimately prevail—it’s just a question of how and after what sequence of setbacks. But there’s no good vs. evil here, and the series can go in any number of directions.

Artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta nails the two-page splash panel in #6, and it’s a perfect moment to go big. Not because of quantity of content—it consists of just a few key components—but because of the importance of the moment. And writer Tom King makes a dramatically satisfying move by fast-forwarding a bit immediately after that panel, leaving the reader with various puzzle pieces to assemble as we try to figure out what happened. Ambiguity serves the book well.

How far will an artificial man go to preserve his artificial family? The answer’s not clear, and the uncertainty is a treat.

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in The Vision vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 14 and up