If you’ve read any of my postings on this blog, it’s easy to assume, and you’d be correct, that I’m a DC fanboy. Granted, I did read and post about Daredevil: Born Again and if you take a look at my collection of trade paperback, you will see some Marvel books in there. But for the most part, for me, it’s DC. Their characters and story lines are more appealing to me than the Marvel stuff since I’ve come back to collecting and reading weekly issues.
I’ve spoken to my comic shop guys, read online articles and listened to podcasts discussing the Marvel books and their story lines over the last few years and nothing has appealed to me. That is, until I listened to The Excelsior Podcast (you can find them on iTunes and here is their Twitter feed) where they spent just under two hours discussing The Vision collected editions, written by Tom King. The episode intrigued me because Tom King is currently writing the main Batman title at DC – and let me say he is totally killing it and I love what he’s doing – and I had saw the cover to The Vision Vol.1 trade in my local shop and it stuck out in my head.
But as I am not “a Marvel guy”, I didn’t skim through it nor gave it a second thought. Until I listened to the podcast and the hosts discussing about how good, smart and emotionally rewarding and, at the same time, exhausting it was. I thought about the podcast for a couple of days and then a couple of weeks later I went and asked one of the guys at my comic shop about it and they said both volumes were outstanding.
Now, this is why I love going to comic book stores and getting to know the staff. They get to know you and if they think you’re not going to like a book or comic, they’ll tell you. They’ll also not hold back and tell you if you should be trying something new. And knowing my preferences, they didn’t hold back when telling me I would regret not reading The Vision solely because of my lack of interest for a Marvel book.
So I picked up both volumes and took them home. And I am so glad I did. As I stated above, I am a fan of Tom King’s current work with Batman and despite my misgivings about the publisher, he wrote such a tight story that it packed a number of emotional punches to the gut that I was not expecting to feel.
The book deals with family and as a father, I couldn’t help but feel gutted during certain moments in the overall story. The art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta is just out of this world and totally fit the tone of the book.
Listen, there are no super heroics happening here. This story isn’t about The Vision saving the planet for a 38th time. This is a human story by way of androids and I do implore you to read this. If my wife would ever get over her disdain for comics as a viable medium, this would be the book(s) that I would ask her to read, its that good.
There is currently a sale at Amazon on some Marvel trades (Kindle ComiXology versions, not physical) where you can pick up Volume 1 and Volume 2 for about $6.50 CAD/each. If you have been on the fence about picking up these books, this is an affordable way to dig in.
I honestly cannot recommend this story and these books enough. Enjoy!