Vol 1: Little Worse than a Man, Vol 2: Little Better than a Beast, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, colored by Jordie Bellaire
Vision, his wife Virginia, and their twins Viv and Vin, move into a house in the suburbs of Washington DC. Vision is to become advisor to the President on Avengers matters. Virginia is a house wife for the time being until she decides on a career. The twins start at the local high school where they are supposed to learn social skills since they can memorize any fact presented to them. Vision admits freely that he created his family members - Virginia received memories and personality traits from Scarlet Witch, which the twins were created to grow and evolve in a more similar timeline to human children. Vision wants nothing more than all of his family members to maintain an air of complete normalcy. One night while Vision is away, the Grim Reaper shows up, claiming that none of the family members are real and demanding vengeance for the use of his brother in creating Vision. The fight becomes the turning point in which none of the family members can sustain the veneer of "normal." Virginia's self-preservation and maternal instincts kick in to too-high of a gear; the twins' school life is threatened; and, a glimpse into a possible future shows Vision betraying his friends. The Avengers send in Vision's half brother, Victor Mancha, to intervene, but this may well have set all of the future events into motion they were hoping to avoid.
This is a pretty creepy, yet very satisfying, version of the events of Vision's life. Each volume has a different narrator who isn't revealed until the end of the volumes, but they both have an inherent wisdom and air of caution that set the tone throughout the story. There is a little bit of a technical element in the storyline when a mathematical principle is introduced to explain Vision, so that aspect can be a little challenging for readers who are unfamiliar with the concept. This story, originally published in 2015, is seeing a resurgence of popularity thanks to its influence on the hit TV show, WandaVision. readers wanting to know more about Vision as a family man, including the origins of the dog Sparky, can find one interpretation in this series where everything isn't all Leave-it-to-Beaver. Walta's illustrations, and Bellaire's coloring, is haunting at times, especially when the whole family gets together and you can only see the whites of their eyes. The artists use shadows expertly to convey that something is slightly off about The Vision household.
There is some violence, including death, so this title is better suited to older audiences.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publication Date (vol 1): July 12th 2016
ISBN (vol 1): 9780785196570 (Paperback)
Publication Date (vol 2): December 13th 2016
ISBN (vol 2): 9780785196587 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Superheroes, Family, Action Adventure
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