This comic has a laughable formula, and in first look is a quixotic attempt to sell the family life of an Avenger. Yes, Hawkeye worked, but here the variables are entirely different. Vision is a synthezoid, and probably everyone’s least favourite.
King’s take on Vision reminded me of Gaiman’s Black Orchid run, reinventing a not so mainstream character, by embracing the original handicaps with fresh perspectives. I read a little deep into fan letters and found these words of King himself, “For me, Vision is the chance to explore the alienation that sometimes attract people to comics, the tension that comes from not being normal in a society that demands normality“. This summarizes the series so perfectly, comic is still a misfits medium, despite the cameo popularity during major movie releases. Vision maybe an Avenger, who has saved the world multiple times; but he is always an outsider to societal standards, and is forced to make do with that.
Vision felt less Marvel and more Vertigo or Image in execution. Virginia’s mental struggle to balance morality and motherhood, Viv and Vin’s longing for acceptance in normalcy and image of Vision torn between his identity, loyalty and family are going to stay with me for a long while.
The story had a running monologue in flashback, though the panels moved in real time. This monologue in initial issues were illustrated in ‘purple’ boxes with creativity and affection. Towards the final issues the independence represented by ‘purple’ colour gave way to aggressiveness of ‘red’. This synesthetic approach managed to maintain a whole universe with its intricacies in background, which could have easily overshadowed the former narrative. I adored the pace, and cross tie in elements and throw backs. Though introduced via Agatha’s prophecy the disturbing <i>Wanda</i> story line from golden ages formed a strong physiological backing here, and it was devastatingly beautiful.
To conclude things with brevity, King’s miniseries is more than just paranoid people making androids paranoid. It is Vision’s Planet Hulk.
The first words the synthezoid ever heard were the words of his father.
“Welcome to the world of the living”, Ultron said. “You will never know, but a half-life.” His father continued: “I am Ultron 5–, but you shall call me Master”
“Yes Master”, the synthezoid replied. “Why have you called me to life?”
“Not to ask such human like questions, Android!”, Ultron answered.
The synthezoid crossed his arms. “I somehow sense you speak the truth Master, Yet I am consumed with curiosity.”
“Such emotions are for humans fool”, Ultron said. “You and I were born for better things!” Ultron then explained: The synthezoid had the ability to control its own body mass. He could become light enough to float on air itself or walk through impenetrable steel walls. Or he might become massively strong and at the same time unbelievably heavy.
When Ultron had finished, Vision said: “You have told me only what powers I possess, not what I want to know. Who am I, what name is mine?”
“No name, Clown”, Ultron said. “What need has an inhuman slave of a name, even a number? I gave you a mind so that you can obey me, not dispute me.”
The synthezoid objected. “Then, the mind is of no use if it cannot question.”
“Think what you like, Android,” Ultron said. “But you shall perform the mission for which you were created.”
“You must kill the Avengers.”