When a first issue blows you away and makes you question what is good by comparison — you know you’re in store for something special going forward. Then again there are times creators give you everything in the first issue only to let you down in round two.
Vision #2: is it good?
Vision #2 (Marvel Comics)
The number on the flag makes me think this is digital mail. Nice touch!
In the last issue we met Vision and his similarly robotic family. He has a wife (he creepily calls “wife”), a son and a daughter. The kids have recently joined school for the first time (which is a complicated time enough for any kid, let alone robotic ones). The first issue contained an ominous narration that foretold doom was coming even though the Vision family lived behind a white picket fence in suburbia. The problem is they are trying to fit in, but as we all know humans aren’t very perfect and are rife with emotional issues. This series seems to suggest that robots can feel too and when you’re backed up with a logic processor that’s tough to swallow.
Why does this book matter?
Tom King wrote a perfect first issue, bringing a slice of American culture under the microscope all the while using superheroes to do so. That’s pretty awesome and I mean that literally. At a time when superheroes are bashing each other on screen and on the page a bit of intelligence and reflection mixed in is something to keep your eye on.
Creepy. The teacher confiscating the basketball is a great detail too.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The focus of this issue is the family dealing with the tragic events that ended issue #1. Vision himself seems to be the logical unemotional character he’s been in the past, but his family not so much. We’re beginning to see the mother and son aren’t dealing with their sister’s attack very well. It appears the attack itself isn’t necessarily what’s screwing them up, but the fact that one of their own was severely injured. A bit of morality is added to their consciousness and it’s a scary thing.
King continues to slowly reveal things aren’t going to end well for our protagonists with the ominous narration that knows things we don’t. It’s used in an interesting way too later in the issue when a prejudiced character allows the the Vision’s son to continue on with school when that probably wasn’t the right decision. It’s a reminder even if we knew what to do to prevent something from happening was it the right choice?
Maybe use doors to look normal?
The art continues to look fantastic too as Gabriel Hernandez Walta uses a lot of close up panels that are centered to unnerve the reader. It’s something Wes Anderson does a lot and Walta uses it quite well to make a seemingly innocent shot of say, boy Vision look awkward and almost dangerous. Ultimately there are a lot of elements at play visually to show us the Vision family is trying to fit in and really it’s impossible. It’s at once tragic and disturbing to see their attempts which is perfectly demonstrated on the first page with Vision’s son melting into the floor of the school hallway.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The issue spends a good deal of time recapping the attack from last issue. The characters talk out their emotions and choices during the fight which help show how impactful and jarring it was for them (though it also runs a bit long and gets tiresome).
I imagine those of you hoping for more action could be disappointed. I for one love psychological dramas so this is my cup of tea, but may not be for everyone.
How sad is this?
Is It Good?
Moral choices are at play making this another spectacular issue if you’re a fan of psychological dramas. It’s at once disturbing and tragic to witness a robot family attempt to be human, but also maintain the impossible: logical control of themselves.