Ever read a comic and just know it’s not going to go anywhere? Ever read a preview and just think, “No, that’s not going to last long. I have no idea how this idea got off the ground.”
That’s exactly what I thought when I saw Vision from Marvel Comics.
The skinny, from what I can see: the Vision has created his own family—a wife and two teenaged children. And it looks like they’ve moved to suburbia. Now, the entire family have his powers, and they’re all striving to be ordinary.
I don’t know what the tone of the book is supposed to be. It’s very hard to do slice-of-life stuff with Marvel characters, because their entire reason for being is to be larger than life. How do you show larger than life being ordinary? What makes this story something that needs to be told?
Don’t forget that Vision has been down this road before: he was married to Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, and together they had children (who later turn out to be Wiccan and Speed). I understand that looking to the past in order to mine present day storylines is currently a thing, but this really isn’t going to last more than six issues or so. For this to go longer than twelve will be extremely interesting to see. Of course I understand that Vision and Scarlet Witch haven’t been married for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to retread the same idea. (The Vision and Scarlet Witch limited series wasn’t that good of a read, even when it came out originally.)
Yes, I’ve said that I’m excited about Marvel comics again. The unspoken caveat was that I was talking about good comics. Most of the Spider-Man titles, Iron Man, some of the Avengers, Captain America. This is all post-Secret Wars (great series so far, but definitely misnamed in an effort to once again cash in on the past), which is interesting since that series is still going on, but the timeline will straighten itself out, I’m sure. (And it’s doing better than Convergence did in telling an actual story that can be followed in the main book, instead of the main book being a sidebar to the rest of what’s happening in other titles.) That being said, I’m not excited at all about this Vision book. I just don’t see it lasting.