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"Vision's quixotic quest for the normal will be the central theme of this book. We will look at how the world reacts to his noble attempt, how that reaction warps him and his family, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. It is a tale of blood and kisses, of brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, husbands and wives, of betrayals and high school and guns and lasers and bureaucrats and Avengers and neighbors and suspicion and robots, red skinned robots peacefully living amongst us, red skinned robots trying to live peacefully amongst us."
Tom King
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The Vision was a twelve-issue 2015-2016 Marvel comic book, written by Tom King with art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and colors by Jordie Bellaire. It was part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative that rose from the aftermath of Secret Wars.

The Vision is a synthezoid, an "android composed of synthetic human blood and organs." He was created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but rebelled against him and instead became one of the Avengers. He has been through many things (even dying), but he has always wanted one thing: to be normal and have a family.

So he built one.

The Vision, his synthezoid wife Virginia and children Viv and Vin have now all moved into a suburb of Washington, DC, where the Vision works. The children go to school, while Virginia stays at home. Everything is fine, everything is normal. Except for the fact that they are not human and everyone knows it. Except for the fact that something very, very bad is going to happen. Or perhaps it has already happened.

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Along with Tom King's run on Omega Men and the first arc of Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision forms the "Trilogy of Best Intentions", three of King's works connected by recurring themes.


Tropes that appear in The Vision:

  • Accidental Murder:
    • After the Grim Reaper attacks them and stabs Viv through the chest, Virginia whacks him with a pan to the head...and then keeps hitting him over and over again until he's dead.
    • Issue 4 combines this with Shooting Superman. The person blackmailing Virginia with a video of her burying the Grim Reaper grows increasingly paranoid of her and attempts to shoot Virginia. Virginia was intangible so the bullet flies through her and hits the shooter's son, killing him.
    • In issue #9, Victor tries to subdue Vin and shut him up after he keeps screaming for his dad. Unfortunately, Victor is so high that he misjudges the strength of his attacks, and kills Vin.
  • Adult Fear:
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    • A home intruder attacking one's spouse and children.
    • Experiencing hate crimes.
    • Losing a child.
    • Losing a partner and raising your children as a single parent.
  • Alien Catnip: The series presents the retcon that vibranium is apparently an addictive substance to robots, and can cause them to behave like a human who has a drug problem. Issue #9 reveals that Victor has a severe vibranium addiction, and he accidentally kills Vin after getting high.
  • All of Them: When Vision leaves his home while under house arrest and makes a beeline for the prison in which Victor is incarcerated, Iron Man summons all of the Avengers to stop him.
    Iron Man: Nova! Everybody! Get everybody now! We launch for D.C. in five!
    Nova: Okay, but by "everybody", you mean—
    Iron Man: Everybody! Now!
  • An Aesop:
    • Trying to recreate the past is a bad idea. Trying to do so using other people is an even worse idea.
    • Acknowledge your own "normal". Trying to conform to someone else's idea of "normal" will only result in heartache.
  • Androids Are People, Too: This is what the Vision is trying to prove, especially in the second issue when he stands up the principal of the high school after he calls the Visions "guns."
  • Arc Words: "Behold ____" used to introduce new characters by the narration.
  • Artificial Human: All of the Visions are "synthezoids."
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Vision is the Avengers' White House liaison.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Virginia, the Vision's wife, is content to sit around all day and explore her memories (often crying). But when the Grim Reaper threatens her family, she will take a metal pan and kill him with it.
  • Blackmail: Leon Kinzky, the father of one of Viv's classmates, saw Virginia burying the Grim Reaper and recorded it. He later sent her the video and called several times until she gave in and agreed to arrange a meeting. Leon threatened with making the video public unless Virginia and her family move out of their home.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Leon Kizky tries to use blackmail to get the Visions to leave their home. He ends up in a coma Virginia theorizes he will never come out of, and with his son Chris dead.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Despite Vision's attempt to escape from this he ends up making another one.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Virginia ends up taking the blame for everything that happened and pulls a Heroic Suicide to get everyone off the Vision's back. On the other hand, the Scarlet Witch and Iron Man are able to repair and revive Sparky, reuniting him with Viv. Also, according to the last few panels, Vision appears to be rebuilding either Virginia or Vin.
  • Book-Ends: The last issue repeats the starting narration of the first.
  • Broken Record: The Visions tend to repeat themselves when in shock.
  • Call-Back: In issue 3 where it is revealed that the narrator is Agatha Harness having a vision of the future, she recites the first lines of narration from the first issue.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Until now the incredible dysfunction of the Pym/Maximoff clans was treated casually, this series shows how it would objectively have damaged all the members.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The first issue contains an impressive five guns.
    • In the first issue, George and Nora give the synthezoids a tray of cookies. It's the same tray that Virginia uses to beat Grim Reaper to death.
    • The Visions have a stringless piano, a gift from the Black Panther, that Virginia often plays. It functions via Wakandan vibranium, which Victor is high on when he accidentally kills Vin.
    • Captain America's adamantium lighter appears throughout the series. In issue #10, Vision uses the lighter to break through the containment field that Tony Stark installed around his house.
    • A planter full of magical flowers sits in the synthezoids' living room throughout the comic. In issue #11, Virginia uses a petal from the flowers in a magical formula for seeing the future.
    • The floating water vase of Zenn-La, which the narration mentions cannot contain flowers because the process renders the water toxic. In issue #12, Virginia commits suicide by drinking some of the vase.
  • Coitus Ensues: In the third issue, after the Vision successfully fixes Viv, Virginia is so happy that she has sex with him (including phasing out of her lingerie). It's also to distract him about the fact that the Grim Reaper is nowhere to be found.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: In issue #11, the Vision is confronted by over a dozen superheroes, some of whom are so powerful he'd have trouble with them on their own. No points for guessing how the fight goes.
  • Cool Uncle: Victor Mancha. He engages Vin and Viv about their problems better than their parents have so far.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Visions' home address is 616 Hickory Branch Lane.
    • The series has flashbacks following Vision's entire history, including his marriage to Scarlet Witch and the period where he was rebuilt with a new color scheme.
    • Issue #9 has flashbacks to Victor's time with the Runaways and his short stint as an Avenger. It also reveals that his vibranium addiction began shortly after the Runaways' battle with Ultron.
  • Covers Always Lie: The covers are more metaphorical than literal, so things like illustrating Vision's arrest by a policeman as his family looks on more stands for his questioning and suspicion from the police in that same issue.
  • Creepy Monotone: For many years in the comics, Vision was said to speak with an near-inflectionless monotone, and it's implied the rest of them may as well.
  • Cutesy Name Town: Cherrydale.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Vision has clearly snapped, he had made his own family so he can be normal, the first issue ends with Virginia killing the Grim Reaper... Yeah, if this trope doesn't apply here, then...
  • Disappeared Dad: Leaving Wanda and ignoring the kids he already has with her for an entirely new family kinda qualifies Vision for this trope. Explored in issue 7, flashbacks show him trying to have an intervention with Wanda about the twins not being real and much later (in his white, emotionless form) decisively removing himself from their lives by claiming he is not their father anymore, when they were like four years-old.
  • Dom Com: A subversion: Vision wants a domestic, quiet life with a nuclear family again, as he had when he was at his happiest. So he quite literally makes one and ignores the implication of what it means to make people who he requires to fill specific roles in his life.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title may refer to Vision as a protagonist but it also may be applicable to the narrative as a whole being a revelation of Agatha's vision of the future. The latter makes it a Pun-Based Title as well.
  • Fantastic Aesop:
    • Androids/synthezoids are not human, no matter how hard they try to be "normal", and will not be at ease in human society.
    • Creating synthetic humans with super strength AND bad tempers will result in trouble.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • They have to fight this. In issue 2, Principal Waxman calls them "guns" and "shaped @#$%ing metal". Two kids spray paint "Go Home Socket Lovers" on their house in issue three. Leon Kinsky refers to Vin and Viv as Virginia's "things".
    • Issue #8 shows a "for sale" sign in front of a house in their neighborhood, suggesting that at least one family is moving to get away from the synthezoids.
  • Floating Water: The Visions have a vase made of floating water from Zenn-La. Ironically the process renders the water corrosive and toxic, meaning it can never be used to hold flowers.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Since the book is narrated by some omniscient third person, they often interject things that will happen in the future. For example, the neighbors who go to greet the Visions will later die in a fire set by one of them.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The synthezoids encounter prejudice, threats, and violence from the humans around them.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Grim Reaper (Wonder Man's brother) attacks the Visions as revenge for their patriarch using Simon's brain patterns and impales Viv with his Blade Below the Shoulder.
  • Invisible President: Vision is shown talking to an unidentified president in the Oval Office; we don't actually see his face. It's worth noting that President Barack Obama does exist in the Marvel Universe, but we don't know if he's the one working with Vision here.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Vision purges the emotions associated with his memories in order to make his new family.
  • Lemony Narrator: The book utilizes these to eerie effect. Each half of the series uses a different narrator (Agathan Harkness and Wanda Maximoff), both used the Wundagore Everbloom to get premonitions of coming disasters which they share with an unknown listener (The Avengers and Viv). If Tom King hadn't left Marvel the series probably would have continued with different narrators.
  • Lock Down: After Vin's death, Victor is incarcerated and the synthezoids are placed under house arrest. Tony Stark installs a containment field around their house. Vision finds a way to escape.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The first issue has the two children come home to tell their mother all about their day at school...and then the Grim Reaper bursts into the house and stabs Viv through the chest, claiming that they are all "frauds" and "imposters."
    • In general, this is also one of the outcomes of having an omniscient third person narrator. When George and Nora, the neighbors, are leaving the Vision's house, they talk about how creepy the family is. And then the narration says: "Later, near the end of our story, one of the Visions will set George and Nora's house on fire. They will die in the flames."
  • My Eyes Are Leaking: Virginia often cries to herself and isn't sure why.
  • Nuclear Family: The Visions as a unit — husband, wife, son, daughter, and later dog. Invoked by Vision, who created them to fill a "normal family" mold, and definitely a deconstruction of the concept.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Vision is beside himself as he tries to revive Viv, and when he successfully saves her life, his relief is palpable. Unfortunately, when Vin later dies, his death causes Vision to go insane and turn against the Avengers.
  • Plot Armor: Despite the fact the narrator implied a character's early death, it wasn't hard to readers to determine they'd survive once they were advertised as part of the new Champions book.
  • Prophet Eyes: All of the Visions have these.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Early on, C.K. tries to ask Vin about how to reach Viv, since she's his partner in chemistry and he needs to communicate with her. Vin is in the middle of a Heroic BSoD and only answers C.K.'s questions with a vague and repeated "She is out. She is ill." C.K. loses his temper and insults Vin, who snaps in turn. This starts the cascade that drives the drama of the rest of the book: C.K.'s father to attempt to blackmail Virginia, resulting in his son's accidental death and Virginia placing him in a coma. The investigation causes the Avengers to look in on him, which results in Vin's own death, etc... With a more clear answer from Vin, specifying that his sister was in critical condition, effectively unconscious, and couldn't be communicated with, could very well have changed the whole direction of events.
  • The Reveal: For the first three issues, the omniscient third person narrator has been narrating things in the present while dropping hints about the future. The end of the third issue shows why: the narrator is Agatha Harkness, seeing visions of the future.
  • Rule of Symbolism: One of the main engines of the series. The first issue handily introduced three different items used as visual metaphors through the story.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Avengers send Victor Mancha to keep an eye on the Vision, as Agatha has foretold them that Vision will go berserk; unfortunately, Victor going to keep an eye on Vision is what will cause Vision to go berserk after Victor accidentally kills Vin.
  • Sequel Series: Nearly received one in 2018, co-written by Chelsea Cain (Mockingbird) and Marc Mohan & drawn by Aud Koch. Unfortunately, it was cancelled abruptly two months before it was to be released.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: In issue 4, when Virginia attempts to contact the Vision to discuss how his family needs him as much as the Avengers do, Vision is shown fighting Giganto alongside the adults of the All-New All-Different Avengers which takes place in Nova (2015) #3 and #4. In addition, Vision subtly references the fact that he's blackmailing Nova.
  • Stepford Smiler: The entire Vision family but Virginia especially; it takes all of one issue for her to display behavior typical of the "Empty" variant. Justified in that Virginia's was created to be one by Vision himself.
  • Stepford Suburbia: The Arlington, Virginia neighborhood Vision moves his new family into.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: It's strongly implied that Virginia's brain patterns are based on Wanda's, then confirmed in issue 7.
  • Tangled Family Tree: The rather convoluted lineage of Vision's "family" as it were is brought when Victor comes in. It's even illustrated on the cover of issue 10 and that's just the simplified version.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Grim Reaper thought he could successfully kill a family of superpowered synthezoids. Virginia quickly beat him to death.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The reveal of the line-up for new team book Champions spoiled the ending of this series by revealing that Viv survives.
  • Uncanny Valley: (In-Universe) A common concurrence in the book, since all the main characters feel emotion, but cannot convey them. They don't even feel like flesh - one of their neighbors states that their hand felt like a "sandwich bag."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Chase attempting to help Victor by giving him vibranium to relax with inadvertently makes him an addict as described under Alien Catnip above. He was aware it was an impermanent solution that left his machines worse off when it stopped working but he never made the connection.
    • George and Martha's dog Zeke digs up Grim Reaper's remains in the synthezoid's backyard, forcing Vision to lie to protect his family.
    • Years before, Scarlet Witch gave Vision a chip containing data on her brainwaves so that he could fashion a synthezoid companion for himself. The rest is history.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While the Vision himself is bald, Virginia, Viv, and Vin all have green hair to contrast their red skin.
  • Yoyo Plot Point: Vision is taking a crack at normal suburban life again, this time with an entire family of his own construction along for the ride. This is also the most recent time he's effectively deleted or otherwise lost memories related to his emotions and past relationships. Grim Reaper shows up later to antagonize the synthezoids because he finds them pale imitations affronting the real people they're modeled after.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Issue #6. The Vision finally discovers that Virginia killed the Grim Reaper and hid his body. He decides to completely cover it up and lie in order to protect his family. According to Agatha Harkness, this means that the Vision will do anything to protect his family...even raze the world.
    • Issue #11. Vision leaves the house while under house arrest, ploughs through dozens of Avengers, and almost murders Victor out of revenge for killing Vin. Virginia (who had killed Sparky moments before as part of a magical formula for seeing the future) kills Victor instead.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Issue #7. It's drawn by a guest artist and covers the long and convoluted romance of Vision and Scarlet Witch.

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