Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man follows the life of Vision as he starts a “robot” family.
For those of you who have not seen Avengers: Age of Ultron or don’t remember who Vision is. Vision is a synthezoid or an android with synthetic human blood and organs. He was created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but he turned on Ultron and joined the Avengers. Vision was previously married to Scarlet Witch and had children with her, but they died.
The Vision was assigned to Washington D.C. to be the liaison between the Avengers and the president. Vision decided to create a family for himself maybe he was bored, maybe he wanted to settle down or maybe he missed what he once had. The Visions are comprised of Vision and Virginia and their two teenage children Viv and Vin.
This comic explores what it is like to move to a new area and feel like an outsider both as an adult and as a teenager. To make things even more difficult your father/husband is one of the Avengers and also you are a synthezoid.
Vision Vol. 1 is written by Tom King and drawn by Gabriel Hernandez Walta. The volume was published by Marvel Comics in 2016. The series ended in 2016 and comprises two volumes.
I liked the balance between robot talk and human personality. An example is when Virginia and Vision get into an argument after after a neighbor gave them cookies. They argue about what the proper response is to their visit. Whether they “seemed nice” or “seemed kind” because of the connotation between nice and kind. I like the analyzing of every interaction I think the comic would have seemed strange without it.
Human personality traits creep in as Viv has a crush on a boy. She rewinds the conversion she had with him over-and-over in her mind. Vision has had years to get accustomed to human behavior but the rest of his family are very new to it. It is interesting watching the family become more human and the challenges it presents.
I also liked the questioning of what it means to be human. Vin asks if he has blood, organs and emotions how is he not human. He wants to know what line needs to be crossed to make him human. Vin is having a full-on existential crisis while also trying to fit into high school. I love awkward superhero teenager stories and add in being a “robot” and I’m invested.
The whole Vision family is in chaos and Vision is trying to hold the family together. They are keeping secrets from him and they are all emotionally unstable.
I went into this comic expecting a superhero comic and got a family drama. Overall I liked the comic, but it just shoved me in a different direction and I got a little bit of whiplash.
I can recommend this comic to a fan of lofty ideas like what makes us human. All I recommend is to keep in mind this comic is not a superhero comic or a family drama, but has a bit of both.
If you liked the different take on an Avenger’s life and the focus on more of the day-to-day stuff check out Hawkeye by Matt Fraction. It won many awards and has some beautiful David Aja art.