Book Review - The Vision, Vol 1: Little Worse Than A Man

The Vision, Vol 1: Little Worse Than A ManThe Vision, Vol 1: Little Worse Than A Man by Tom King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'd read so much about this series that I couldn't resist taking a look it at. I don't follow comic books too closely because they're agitating and annoying, but off late these one-off series have been getting a lot of good reviews and they've been, more or less, worth the read.

What I like about this series is that it isn't tied to the main Marvel narrative, which makes reading it simpler. What also works in this series is that it's a self-contained, coherent story in 12 issues. This particular volume covers half the title (The Vision #1-#6).

It's an action-packed story with an overriding theme of doom and melancholia running through it. It's evident from the start that things will not work out the way Vision wants it to. The Visions are synthezoids trying to live the typical suburban life. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything, apparently. The doom and gloom is writ across every page, every panel. The happiness is always in hindsight; there is no contentment. The Visions are drawn with soulful faces, hence true joy is always just out of reach.

Throughout, author Tom King lays on the fact that these guys are not the norm. Their unusual syntax and dialogue with one another never puts you at ease - one can only imagine how awkward it must be to interact with them on a daily basis.

From what I've read so far, this series is exceptional. Something about trying to reach that ever-elusive all-American dream fits so well with Vision and his visions of the future. It almost seems heartless to pile on more torture on a character who has very rarely had a good day.

A few things didn't work for me.

This series is so good, I can't wait for the rest of it. I'm really interested to see how it all ends up, because the author has already hinted at the future. Undoubtedly one of the best titles Marvel has brought out in recent times.

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