Something I haven’t done in a long time is read a comic on a monthly basis. There are several reasons for this. One reason is the expanded storytelling of modern comics. When I was growing up comic book stories used to be a one-and-done narrative. Occasionally you’d get the two or three-parter but for the most part it was a complete story each month.
Nowadays comics have become increasingly deconstructed to the point where each month is only a very small part of the story and the narrative is stretched out into individual chapters in a longer story arc that just so happens to fit nicely into a trade paperback. Writing for the trade its called. This is neither a good or a bad thing and I don’t want to go into the pros and cons of this type of approach; suffice to say I usually have just waited for the paperback and didn’t bother with month-to-month issues.
But if I were to be completely honest the real reason I haven’t read monthly comics is because I’m unbelievably cheap. A monthly comic costs along the lines of $3.99 or more an issue and that can be prohibitive if you notoriously do not want to spend money on anything other than food and beer.
All that being said with the launch of Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” campaign several titles piqued my interest and I have decided to put aside my penny-pinching ways and give them a try. And one title in particular has surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it to be as unsettling as it has turned out to be.
The Vision was one of my favorite characters as a kid. He was brightly colored and had great powers like phasing through walls and shooting power beams from his forehead and he was a android. All this was ridiculously cool for an 8 year old boy. But he worked best as a supporting character, I think even back then I knew that. He works better as a member of a team rather than a lead and as such he’s never really had a title all his own other than a few one-shots or mini-series over the years.
Until now of course and I’ve no doubt that this decision was made in no small part because of his popularity in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But if you picked up this book and expected to see Paul Bethany’s version you will be disappointed. If however you are open to something just a little dark and unnerving you will be rewarded.