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Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man Paperback – July 12, 2016
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In essence, Tom King's "Vision" is a work of psychological horror of the most powerful sort, where one tragic event begets a series of other tragic actions and occurrences, and you watch the characters in the story respond and cause further tragedies, all with a sort of horrible, but very understandable and realistic, inevitability.
The foreshadowing King does here adds to this feeling (telling you the fate of some characters, and clearly laying out tragedies to come), although of all the elements in the story, combined with a particularly brutal scene between Agatha Harkness and her familiar, Ebony, it felt a little heavy-handed (my only complaint about the writing, and it didn't really detract overall). Tom King may have meant both to jar and to contrast with the understated subtlety present in much of the collection, and if so, that technique certainly succeeded.
Overall this collection reminds me most of early Stephen King, especially Pet Sematery, in terms of the powerful and apt portrayal of subtle but chillingly accurate psychological elements
Several times, as when I read Pet Sematery, I found myself thinking 'oh no, if only x hadn't happened, then y wouldn't have happened.' That's good writing, to draw someone in so far.
The above is general, so as not to give any spoilers, but I will add that the interactions between C.K. and the Visions, especially Viv, are particularly poignant and really draw one in.
Will this be Tom King's greatest comic book work? Can he top his story in The Vision elsewhere?
I have to ask these questions because these 12 issues are that good. I was captured and hooked tight from the very beginning. The story is so simple, but also so complicated. It's beautiful. King takes an android avenger out of his regular arena and puts him somewhere that many can relate to, the suburbs. And he's not fighting crime in the suburbs, he's dealing with his two curious teenage kids, his loving wife, and the nosey neighbors.
Who writes stories like this featuring super heroes? Hawkeye by Matt Fraction surely inspired The Vision in its behind the scenes take on a character usually only enjoyed for their punching and kicking, so check that out if you haven't already. Seriously though, this book, these 12 issues, they're comic book gold. These are the books I'll give someone who might like comics but isn't sure what to read. Thank you, Tom King.
And the art, it's fantastic. It's simple, but beautifully straight forward, just what this story demands. The pencils and colors couldn't be better.
After reading the first issue of The Vision via Marvel Unlimited, I knew I wanted to read the rest. Little Worse than a Man collects the first six issues.
The Vision and his family experience prejudice from their human neighbors, Viv and Vin's classmates, and later, the cops. Virginia lies to the Vision once and it snowballs, sending their quiet suburban life out of control. I saw someone refer to The Vision as the Breaking Bad of the Marvel Universe and I can definitely see it heading in that direction.
The subdued art fits the story perfectly, and Tom King is going to be a big name in the future. The story's unknown (at first, anyway) narrator gives the book a tone not often seen in super hero comics. It raises questions about family and what it means to be human.
Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta have produced one of those quirky, powerful books I can't imagine Marvel taking a chance on ten years ago. I can't wait to see what the next volume holds.
The Vision has created a wife and two teenage children and moved to the DC suburbs in Virginia. His wife makes house, his kids are in high school and the Vision keeps up his work with the Avengers and talking to officials in DC. He and his family are striving to be more human. Quickly, his wife and children are attacked by the Grim Reaper (Simon William's brother, whom I thought died many years ago...but he is back in a rebooted Marvel Universe). Virginia, the wife, deals with it but doesn't tell the Vision (can I just call him Vision?). This leads to a cascade of events that King deftly plots and describes. The plotting is excellent.
I will happily buy the next volume. I'm curious to see where this goes.