Monday, August 15, 2016

Vision #10 Review and **SPOILERS** - Marvel Monday

You Can't Keep a Good Android Down

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray


The Vision is a story about a robot, his custom-made family, and the ensuing drama that occurs from raising this fake family of four. It might not sound overly appealing at first ,but somehow this title under the guidance of King, Walta, and Bellaire has become the must-read, can’t-miss title of Marvel’s most recent relaunch. This is not an opinion solely of my own volition, so you know you can trust it. Does the Vision start turning the family frown upside down or go all Walter White and Break Bad after their latest tragedy?

The answer to that question is foreshadowed almost immediately: we see Vision in a room, alone, reflecting and playing with a lighter, made of the ever important Vibranium, given to him by Captain America. After the alone time, we move to some pillow talk. Vision discusses with Virginia that, after running the calculations of their most recent incident over and over, “The current outcome … is not just … and must be addressed." If you’ve been reading this series then you know that when this family addresses a problem it tends to be solved...permanently. So it seems like Breaking Bad it is. 

As the story progresses, we’re treated to clues that reveal that, as a result of Vin’s death at the hands of Victor Mancha last issue, the entire family is now under lockdown. Viv isn’t allowed to school, the dog is accidently shocked phasing through a door. Vision is called at any hint of trouble because the Avengers are controlling the house. Super hero house arrest is seemingly a miserable situation all the way through. As a result, the whole family is obviously miserable and feels they are being punished for a problem they didn’t this instance, anyway. 

As the book wraps up, Tom King really goes for the gross factor albeit in a scene that will simultaneously tug the shit out of your heart strings. Yes I realize what I just said sounds crazy so let me explain: Vision removes an eye as he sits alone in Vin’s room. Gross, am I right? The eye serves as a recorder that plays back memories, so the Vision pulls one up. This hologram ends up playing out a time the Vision was too busy for a conversation with his son. As we read (and our hearts break,) the scene fades to black, and Vision sits alone in the dark. Good damn Tom King, that’s a deep cut right there.

 I don’t know about you, but I just ruined my comic with a puddle of tears and now I hear distant echoes of Eric Shea yelling “Daddy” as I read through the pages of this book. It’s actually quite touching. 

Our story wraps up and we watch Vision use the aforementioned Vibranium lighter to break out of “house arrest,” and in quick succession seems to go rogue and is scene on route to right the wrongs done to his family. Our cliffhanger is Iron Man and the Avengers scattering to stop Vision, while revealing a surprise guest they have in store for our favorite robot who gets the feels.

All parts of this book: story, dialogue, art, and colors are working in tandem to create the most perfectly obscure and eerie superhero title I never knew I needed. When each issue is over I want to know what happens next, I don’t want to wait, I want it immediately! What other compliments can I offer this title that someone else smarter and more elegant than me already hasn’t heaped onto it? 

Bits and Pieces: 

This is another stellar issue of the Vision from beginning to end. We’re currently all setup for an enormous grand finale, so strap in ladies and gentlemen and forget about trade-waiting. It’s going to be a slobber-knocker you won't want to miss.

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  1. I'm sad this is ending but at the same time I can't wait to have it all collected and read it all again in one sitting. I'll wait for some kind of OHC or special edition because this series has been amazing.

  2. Ya this might be the first book I try to get my issues bound together ... it is pretty great


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