THE VISION #3
Written by Tom King
Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 6, 2016
This comic is unlike anything else on the market, and I mean that as a compliment in every way possible. Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire are creeping me out in ways I did not anticipate and issue #3 has everything that people have loved about issues #1 and #2 and takes it all even further.
Tom King builds on a strong start with some amazing character work with both Vision and Virginia. He captures the calculated nature of these androids in an amazing fashion, making them remarkably human while completely not. He highlights the struggle of these characters to integrate themselves into “normal” life, even though they are far from normal. We get some more depth from Vision and a different side of his interactions with Virginia, who may be the most compelling character in comics today. Tom King’s work with Virginia in this issue is amazing and I swear she scares me more than any character I’ve come across in a long time.
The fear comes from the amazing writing, but the fabulous artwork as well. Walta and Bellaire’s work is integral to the eerie factor of this comic and they do great work in this issue. Walta’s androids express so much with their vacant looks and stone cold facial expressions, heightening the perpetual eeriness of this story. There are shocking events and a perpetual undertone of uneasiness, and Walta and Bellaire excel at that vibe. This art team is skilled, to say the least and their work on The Vision #3 is exceptional.
This is the darkest comic Marvel is publishing and the brilliance of it all is that it isn’t overtly gory or trying to be terrifying. The Vision #3 is a comic that makes you uncomfortable with how cold, calculated and sterile it is. It is unique, brilliantly executed and arguably the gem of the All-New All-Different line. Start reading The Vision.
The Verdict: 10/10