Written by: Tom King
Art by: Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray
Do you like feeling the entire spectrum of emotions while reading your funny books every Wednesday? Well, if you answered yes to that question and haven’t read any of the books written by Tom King yet, you’re doing yourself a severe disservice as a comic fan. So, what emotions exactly are we about to feel in the penultimate issues of the Vision #11? Read on, find out, and if you’re wary of spoilers, come back after you’re caught up … you’ve been warned.
Issue eleven starts with a little mother (Virginia) / daughter (Viv) bonding chat occurring at the Vision family dining room table. Virginia drops her first of a few bombshells this issue stating that after Viv’s father completes his mission, the family “will most likely be shut off”. From here we flash to our main man Vision himself, confronting the Avengers on their own front lawn, asking for access to his brother, Victor, whom he wants to kill, please and thank you of course. Obviously, this plan isn’t going to fly with the good guys, which in turn only further angers an already pissed off Vision, who proceeds to unleash hell on Iron Man. I believe Spider-man sums it up best at this point with an “ah, poop”. I also would like to note I had no fingernails left since the tension was so thick in this issue...and I’m only five pages in!
Back at the dining room table, Virginia continues dropping bad news bombs, deciding now is the best time to tell Viv she killed her friend C.K several issues back. Viv, in a fit of anger, smashes the table quickly, phasing through the ceiling, most likely to hide in her room. Meanwhile, back at Club Avengers, Vision continues his taking no prisoners approach, laying waste to anybody standing in his way on a path for Victor (he was created to destroy the Avengers after all). Simultaneously back at casa de Vision, Virgina’s robot brain finally snaps, after hints of breaking down for several issues, as she takes out her frustrations on poor Fido. R.I.P give ol’ Goldie (from Superman) a butt sniff for everyone, or just say Hi... whatever goes on in pet heaven is fine with me.
As our issue winds down and Vision approaches his target, he’s jarringly interrupted by the Scarlet Witch (ex-wife, former love of his life) and ghost, Agatha Harkness. As their final pleas fall on Vision’s deaf ears, he moves forward for the killing blow only to find he’s too late. His wife, Virginia, has phased her arm through Victor’s chest ripping out his robot nephew-killing heart striking the death blow. As Vision looks on in shock, Virginia states her daughter needs his comfort at home as our issue ends.
Well, holy shit, that was something else. I can never tell how these stories will end because Tom King does an excellent job of keeping you on your toes. Things are pulled from past issues that tie everything together in a neat little package which I'm always a huge fan of. Very few writers are able to tell you what will happen in the beginning of their story arc, which King basically did in the beginning of this series, and yet still surprise you when they do exactly what they said they would. I hope that makes sense because that is exactly what happens here and I’ve loved this journey even more for it. The art team of Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire continue to amaze and dazzle as well, giving the book the perfect look and tone to accompany the pages of this story.
Bits and Pieces:
This isn’t a book you can jump into and fully enjoy. You need to read this from start to finish and appreciate the entire masterpiece to get the full effect of its utter creepiness. There continues to be little bad to say about Vision as it remains the title, from the All-New All-Different Marvel lineup, that deserves your attention the most. Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Jordie Bellaire have come together to craft the perfect twelve issue mini-series, so keep a spot on your bookshelf warm. Vision and his family's journey ends next month and I can’t wait for the undoubtedly heart breaking send off.