Today’s Super Comic — The Vision #4 (2016)

The-Vision-4-coverMany Avengers are capable of carrying their own series, but Vision never struck me as a strong candidate for a solo outing. A cold, emotionally detached android works much better in supporting roles.

An entire family of androids, however…

It feels obvious once you see it, but the Vision has always been a family man. Naturally, a Vision comic should focus on family…and a highly unsettling family at that.

Vision is just trying to live a normal life in an Arlington suburb, with his wife Virginia and teenage kids Vin and Viv. He created all three himself, of course, which is already far from normal. An old enemy’s visit in #1 causes Virginia to go all Walter White, and the consequences continue to compound in #4. (I’m half-expecting her to proclaim, “Everything I did, I did for this family!”)

Writer Tom King has achieved an impressive feat with this series so far (based on what’s available on Marvel Unlimited). This is hardly even a superhero book. It’s almost a horror book with androids, but it also features heart and humor. The kids perform a fun twist on Charlie Brown’s football woes at the beginning of The Vision #4, and Viv’s interaction with a classmate shows the humanity beneath the artificial exterior. But then that ending…will not be spoiled here.

Okay, I’m sold on a Vision series. Not a solo superhero book, but Vision as the head of an unusual household? Yes, that apparently works.

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Publisher: Marvel Comics

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

Appropriate For: ages 14 and up