Virginia is making a confession. She can’t live with keeping the truth behind the catastrophic events, the horrible happenstances that have hit her family and community, a secret any longer. She uploads her version of events for the Washington police and waits for her husband, the Vision, to arrive home.
It’s the end of the road for this twelve-issue maxi-series from writer Tom King, artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, colourist Jordie Bellaire, letter Clayton Cowles and editors Charles Beacham and Wil Moss. I’m listing everyone together for once because although this book is very much King’s vision – sorry – the execution, as King would be be the first to admit, took a village. A village of talented creatives taking the spark of King’s imagination and fanning it into a very special flame. A flame of life, as four synthezoids – artificial humans – experienced some very real emotions. The Vision’s experiment to create the perfect family after blanking out the feelings that had evolved in him over the years has well and truly failed. But in a magnificent way. King, Walta and co show us that while chaos may come knocking on the Vision family’s suburban door, it’s the human spirit that answers.
King’s words and Walta’s images blend wonderfully to provoke reactions – pity, shock, melancholy and finally, wonder, wonder at the resilience of the characters and wonder that there are still new stories to be told in the superhero genre.
So does this final issue, which kicks off with another gorgeous, ironic cover by Michael Del Mundo, seal the series with a bow, or a noose? That’s for you to find out… it’s my favourite Marvel series in a long while and who knows, it may be yours too.