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Comic Book Review – The Vision #6

Creative Team:

  • Writer:  Tom King
  • Art:  Gabriel Hernandez Walta
  • Colors:  Jordie Bellaire
  • Letters:  Clayton Cowles

Much of the unease and tension in The Vision thus far has come from what we haven’t seen as much as what we have.  Tom King and company pulls that trick again here in The Vision #6.  Again, we get the mundane – neighbors George and Martha and a lost dog – which escalates into something much worse, all framed by the narrator’s description of the classic computer science problem P vs. NP.

There’s a lot of reveals in this issue, as there should be for the final issue of an arc, but it also sets up the (sadly) final arc for Tom King before he goes DC exclusive.  We learn who the narrator has been and Vision discovers what Virginia did to the Grim Reaper.  That’s where P versus NP comes in – the Vision chooses to keep trying to fix his family, to keep them safe so they don’t get dismantled or taken from him.  By the end of the issue, the various Avengers/Ultimates are made aware of Vision’s choice, and well, Agatha Harkness says it best:

ohshitvisionwhatdidyoudo

If you’ve been enjoying the comic but wishing for more punching/blasting, I think you are about to get it.  Yikes.  At this point I can’t see this ending well for anyone involved.  I have to see it, but I don’t want to see it.  Especially for Viv who seems to have suffered the most.  I’ll be devastated if she doesn’t make it out of this.

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Comic Book Review – The Vision #3

What weirds out Tony Stark?  It’s not the sight of a female synthezoid in lingerie, though that DOES happen in The Vision #3.  No, what shocks Tony is the lengths Vision is going to in order to bring back his daughter.  Vizh explains that some of her nerves went incorporeal to dodge the Grim Reaper’s blade, and they have to be shocked back into place.  Sort of like shocking your heart back into beating, if your heart took all the power contained in the US power grid to do it.  And it has to pass through your father’s body into yours.  It’s a powerful scene, like much of the series so far, it sets you on edge.  We are all Tony Stark, who despite knowing the Vision since the time of his creation, was shocked by the sudden changes in his friend.

The Visions are also dealing with being the ‘wrong’ sort of people moving into a neighborhood, as some kids were spray-painting an anti-robot slur on their garage doors.  In a nod to modern kids, they had to Google ‘bad names for robots’ to pick what they painted.  Get their comeuppance, too.  Punks.

Intertwined throughout the issue, however, is the witch Agatha Harkness on Mount Wundagore, using the blossoms of the Everbloom plant to see into the future.  In stark contrast to the family reunion and home life drama, this is where the violence and blood loom again over the Vision’s family.  Agatha has a vision, you see, and it’s of THE Vision…covered in blood, surrounded by the bodies of his friends and fellow heroes, the Avengers, the FF, the X-Men.  My first thought is, something happens in the neighborhood (that bit early on about the neighbors who will die when one of them sets their house on fire), and it’s possible the Vision tries to defend his family, but I suspect it won’t be that simple.  Still, I’m invested, and I’m curious to see if any of the wider Marvel U makes their presence known now that more information is out there.  Will Agatha talk to Wanda?  Tony and SHIELD were looking for the Grim Reaper, do THEY buy Virginia’s story?  Can’t wait.