Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than Beast
The epic conclusion of the story that everyone is talking about! Once upon a time, a robot and a witch fell in love. But the story of Scarlet Witch and Vision was just the start. Vision has built a new life for himself - a new family. Yet while every family has its share of skeletons in the closet, for the Visions those skeletons are real. And now the family's facade is crumbling. The Avengers know the truth. That Vision's wife has killed. That the synthezoid lied to protect her. And that lie will follow lie, death will pile upon death. The Avengers know they need to act. Tragedy is coming, and it will send the Android Avenger into a devastat more
Behold a modern classic
In my opinion, it's Marvel's best comic-book ever. I could (and do) talk about it for hours, and I'll try to write the most comprehensive and spoiler-free review possible with 2000 characters.
Let's begin with Tom King's storytelling. It's elegant, it's original, it's perfect. One of the techniques that struck me most is the use of repetitions. Many times, two different characters pronounce the same sentence or a panel is reproduced later. For me, these symmetries highlight meaningful connections between moments in the story and also reflect dualities that are explored, like husband-wife, parents-children or even past-future. Another technique is the use, in each volume, of an omniscient narrator, that is an unknown character until the end of the story arc. He/she/it describes and comments on the story, or sometimes talks about something totally different but that connects with the moment of the story. Genius.
The story is relevant, thoughtful, entertaining and very personnal. It begins as a social commentary as Vision decides to live a normal life, slowly adds many more themes, and finishes with nothing less than the "meaning of life". In addition, the writer makes reference to plenty of works, as comic-books, literature, music and paintings. Genius.
Gabriel H. Walta's art is gorgeous and brings a lot to Tom King's scripts. His edgy style can make a moment more emotional, tragic or disturbing. The character placements and scene settings are judicious. Michael Walsh's terrific art gives issue 7 a nostalgic feel. The comic-book has a truly unique look. Moreover, Jordie Bellaire's colors are delightful as always, Mike Del Mundo's covers capture the story perfectly and Clayton Cowles' lettering guides the reader's eyes smoothly. Genius.
I believe we can affirm that this is a modern classic and that it is going to be reread and studied during decades. Bravo.
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