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Vision #12 - Spring

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The story of the Visions reaches its conclusion. It's been an amazing journey.

Vision has always been a complex character. As a synthoid, he's been shown to have different layers to his personality as he's coped with different situations. Tom King has taken all that to a completely different level. The idea of Vision creating a family and living in the suburbs sounded weird. King showed us we had no idea just how weird, disturbing, and emotional it could all become.

Each issue delivered a gut-punching feeling. The struggle of a robotic family fighting to fit in and protect themselves was brilliantly executed. While containing elements of your typical superhero comic, there was so much more beneath the surface. The final issue is painful in two ways. We obviously don't want the series to end. Seeing how the different story elements were wrapped up resulted in a mix of emotion. It's hard to think of many series with the ability to sink its claws into your heart. Each issue had the ability to make you want to cover your eyes as you watched the events unfold. There were some happy moments, but seeing how dark things could get would leave you with a heavy feeling long after you finished reading.

Final issues often have a bittersweet feeling. King gives a satisfactory one that hits all the marks. It's been abundantly clear from the first issue we wouldn't have a happy storybook ending here. At the same time, it's not all doom and gloom. Some things, like the end of this series, were simply inevitable. Readers, and the remaining characters, are left with the task of trying to pick up the pieces. For myself, it feels as if my heart's been broken with the decisions that were made and the repercussions. I've always enjoyed Vision as a character, but he was never among my absolute favorites. I never thought a solo book featuring the character would mean so much to me.

Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire have done amazing things with the visuals. The art and color fit the story perfectly. With King's writing, it's been a stunning experience. Despite the nature of the characters, you get a great sense of the emotion from them and in the vibe of the atmosphere. You feel what they're going through, and it simply enhances the elements of the story.

The downside is, of course, the series ending. We've had a remarkable creative team here that worked in unison. As joyous, and sometimes painful, this series has been, I'd rather see this version end instead of a new creative team attempting to continue. Perhaps we'll see what's left of the Visions in another series. For now, these twelve issues are enough to stand on their own.

We've seen countless stories of computer A.I. vying for control for their place in the world and the complexity of their existence. This series contained more emotion than other titles. Seeing the extent a family member will go to in order to preserve the sanctity of their union was fascinating and heartbreaking. Tom King's writing made us squirm and cringe in our seats, yet we were completely glued to each and every single page. Something truly amazing happened when King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Jordie Bellaire joined forces to tell us the story of a synthoid family in the suburbs. All good things must come to an end and all that. I'd love to see more, but I am incredibly thankful to all involved in this series. This is an absolute must-read. It's not often a comic can deliver so many emotions. This book has been an eye-opener and has become one of my top-recommended series.

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Marvel cancels their best comic?

Logic,...

Well, only Old Man Logan for me from now on.

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@eto: I hear your pain, but have you checked out the Ultimates? It's the only book I pick up from Marvel currently. You may enjoy it.

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I'm actually kind of glad this book is ending. I'll sing Tom King's praises to the moon and back, he's a fantastic writer who I really enjoy following, and all around great guy, but I always hate books like these that take heroes and shove them into such grim dark stories.

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@eto: it had to end though. I'm sort of glad that they didn't drag it out after Tom Kings departure

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At least Viv is in Champions.

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@gmanfromheck I think this is one of the best pieces you've written on CV in a long time :)

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@eto said:

@captainmarvel4ever: Why don't you like dark stories? :D

I don't necessarily mind a dark tone, so long as the hero's morality stays true and it stays within certain guidelines. This is only regarding Marvel and DC's heroes (or any properties like them) other than that I don't care what anyone else does in any original story they made.

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I really don't like seeing a character like Vision covered in blood from hacking apart a dog (well.... guess I personally don't really wanna see that anywhere)

Heck Tom King's current Batman run is very dark, but I think it has a good and non-cynic emotional and moral core to it.

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Amazing ending . Words can't describe how good this run is. Tom king is turning out to be one of my favorite writers . Omega men, vision, and Green Lantern one-shot were A+. Hopefully he can continue to deliver with his I am suicide arc

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I was going to say, if you guys don't review this...and you did! It renews a bit of my hope. (and the comci was great too.)

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@eto said:

Marvel cancels their best comic?

Logic,...

Well, only Old Man Logan for me from now on.

It wasn't cancelled. It was stated to be a 12 part story from the start. Then King got his DC exclusive deal, which means it couldn't be extended... but that was probably for the best.

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@originalalchemist: I feel that same way about The Ultimates....sadly that is becoming Ultimates Squared so who knows if the quality will continue.

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@inglewoodian: It's going to have the same writer so I'd assume it will be more or less the same, hopefully.

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It was okay. I did not really get feels from it, so I am not sad to see it go.

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fantastic issue and a fantastic review by the fantastic @gmanfromheck

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@inglewoodian: True, but fortunately Al Ewing will still be writing. I am keeping a positive hope for the book.

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@originalalchemist: I just bought the latest issue & the art makes me want to throw up but the story is still good & the same so I'll continue. It looks terrible now though. I'm so sad Kenneth is gone...

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Sad this is over. It was such a pleasant surprise, and quickly became one of the best comics out there. Congratulations to the entire creative team on this one.