“He said I was cool! And my mother killed him!”
Hey, all. D.C. here to throw down again, this time on Marvel’s The Vision #11.
First off, that cover by Michael Del Mundo is simple and great. Such a difference from the broken family we see within the book.
Tom King has been masterful in his portrayal of Vision and his makeshift family. He has written an intensely engrossing tale of humanity, prejudice, fear, and family psychology. More importantly, my biggest takeaway from King’s run was this: How does one “man,” after having removed his own emotional attachments to his memories, expect to teach humanity to his family? It was all a recipe for disaster, and King continues to up the scale in this penultimate chapter.
One of the highlights, while not surprising, was to see the Vision casually laying waste to the Avengers (albeit contradicting Agatha Harkness’ assertions that the Vision will kill them). It really hammers home just how powerful the Vision really is when he is determined to meet his goal.
Vision’s wife, Virginia, steals the show once again as she degrades even further in her psychosis. From Virginia’s confession to Viv about her part in CK’s death (what will she do with that confession, I wonder?), to her broken moment’s alone, to Victor Mancha’s promised end, and everywhere in between, Tom King weaves Virginia in so many fluid ways that seems reminiscent of the engrams she is based on. I was left even more disturbed by Virginia’s nonchalant attitude throughout each moment, and especially by her dialogue with her husband. Her casual demeanor just made this story even creepier.
I did feel that Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s art wasn’t as up to par in this issue as I’d remembered it in previous ones. Some pages appeared less polished, less detailed, and more rushed.
To me, the only oddity in Tom King’s writing was during Scarlet Witch’s interaction with the Vision. I’ve never seen her refer to him with any sort of nickname, so it took me off-course when she called him “V.” I didn’t know she was accustomed to using nicknames, but I could be wrong and that she’s used it in the past.
Tom King continues to amaze in Vision #11, with a striking degradation of the tenuously-knit family of the Vision. This entire series has been a pleasure to read, and I can’t wait to see how King ends it in the next issue.