Writer Tom King is something of an up-and-comer in the comics field, and he’s proving it’s no accident with work on things like his 12 issue run at Marvel on The Vision.
Volume 2, subtitled Little Better Than a Beast, concludes the story in a sad way.
Picking up sometime after Volume 1 left off, the Vision has lied to the local police about various deaths and disappearances around the neighborhood to protect his newly-built wife Virginia. As the Vision had his mind patterned after Wonder Man, we learn through flashback that Virginia’s mind was modeled after the Scarlett Witch in what was intended as a gift for the Vision. The problem is, well, the Scarlett Witch has a history of being a wee bit maternal and maybe insane that combine in a way that can cause things like homicide. And given the Avengers are a little suspicious thanks to a prophecy from Agatha Harkness, former Runaway and brother to the Vision (both were built by Ultron) Victor Mancha comes to stay with the Visions and see if he can find out what happened.
As it turns out, Victor has his own concerns and problems that the Avengers don’t know about, and it will directly affect the Visions in ways that fulfill all the various prophecies the text boxes have been making since the first book. Something could set the Vision off, and if he decides to go for vengeance, then there’s a good chance no one, not even the thirty or so Avengers that assemble to try and stop him, could stop him from doing anything at all.
King paints a rather intimate and quietly devastating portrait of a family that isn’t human or normal and mostly wants to be. Perhaps, then, when the volume is over and Viv, currently a member of the young hero teams The Champions, realizes she isn’t normal and that may be OK, there’s a sense of hope in the proceedings. This is a story for how much a loving couple will sacrifice for each other and for their children, even if all the people involved in that family unit are synthetic humans.
Oh, and kudos for having the Shakespeare play that is being tossed around the story be Merchant of Venice instead of the more cliche Romeo and Juliet. Maybe the former works better with King’s story, but that doesn’t make the latter any less of a cliche.
Nine out of ten synthetic dogs.
That’s actually the end of the series, as King took a job at DC to write Batman. I think I’ll have to check that out next.