THE VISION by Tom King, Gabriel HernΓ‘ndez Walta, Jordie Bellaire

02 the vision

Well this seems like the perfect time to revisit this most surreal superhero comic.β €
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Along with seemingly the rest of the world, I caught the first two episodes of 𝘞𝘒𝘯π˜₯𝘒𝘝π˜ͺ𝘴π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯 over the weekend. And I thought they were fine! A little clunky, perhaps, although I suppose it’s to be expected given that the show is the MCU’s opening stride into uncharted territory. But I love the concept of the thing, which is weird enough and new enough for me to not support the endeavor.β €
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It helped that the series definitely seems like it’s inspired by the 2015 run of 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘½π’Šπ’”π’Šπ’π’ by Tom King, Gabriel HernΓ‘ndez Walta and Jordie Bellaire, which still stands as one of my favorite comics in the last few years. Like 𝘞𝘒𝘯π˜₯𝘒𝘝π˜ͺ𝘴π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯, it views our titular character through a domestic lens, although the effect in the book feels more immediately uncanny and sinister: Vision has created a family in his own image, part of his continuing efforts to become more human (more “normal” as he frequently puts it), a venture that is destined to end in catastrophe as the ominous opening captions in the very first issue candidly, wickedly declare.β €
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The comic has been hailed as “π˜™π˜¦π˜·π˜°π˜­π˜Άπ˜΅π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯𝘒𝘳𝘺 π˜™π˜°π˜’π˜₯ with rΜ·oΜ·bΜ·oΜ·tΜ·sΜ· synthezoids,” which also means that it’s not exactly what you might call a happy book. Much like that story and those it inspired (like π˜”π˜’π˜₯ π˜”π˜¦π˜―), 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘½π’Šπ’”π’Šπ’π’ is a dark, cerebral, meticulous tale of melancholy, anxiety, and the sheer harrowing grace of human nature β€” viewed through the eyes of an artificial superpowered being who may just be exactly like us.β €
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It’s also a book that perfectly illustrates the notion that you can tell literally any and every type of story with superhero comics. If 𝘞𝘒𝘯π˜₯𝘒𝘝π˜ͺ𝘴π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯 explores even a modicum of the terrain laid out in this comic book, then we are in for a curious, wild treat indeed.