Every now and then, I run into books that I want to buy multiple copies of, so that I can shove them at everyone I know and cry "READ THIS! FEEL THINGEvery now and then, I run into books that I want to buy multiple copies of, so that I can shove them at everyone I know and cry "READ THIS! FEEL THINGS WITH ME!" Tom King's "The Vision" is the newest addition to that list.
I was worried about this volume. After being so unexpectedly blown away by volume 1, I was worried that the ending would be a letdown, or a cop-out, or get lost in Civil War II madness, or otherwise fall short of such a spectacular, heart-wrenching story. I have read so-many almost-great work that are marred by a botched ending. I should not have worried. The series wraps up as beautifully, emotionally, and hauntingly as I had hoped.
I appreciate the irony that a technical glitch in my Kindle brought this series front and center, when I otherwise would have never read it. I am so glad I read it instead of trying to find some wifi to download something else. I am absolutely blown away by how good this comic was.
Full disclosure: I never really wanted to read this graphic novel. I barely know who Vision is, other than he’s in some movies and was married to ScarFull disclosure: I never really wanted to read this graphic novel. I barely know who Vision is, other than he’s in some movies and was married to Scarlet Witch at one point. I don’t care about Vision. And I had no desire to read any of his stories. So, when my Kindle screwed up during a trip to a land without WiFi, this graphic novel, which I accidentally ordered a few weeks ago, was one of the few things that survived. I needed something to read one night after a very stressful day. It was available. Well, I thought, at least I don’t care about it so it should put me to sleep fast.
I was wrong. So. Very. Wrong.
I very, very seldom finish graphic novels, even short ones, in one sitting. Even though it was well past midnight when I started reading this collection, I could not stop turning pages. This book resonated in an almost painful way, and the story of trying to fit in, to have a family, to know and understand what it is to be human, was well-crafted, well-paced and riveting. As events unfold and the Vision household begins to collapse while desperately trying to hold itself together, the writing and the art come together to produce a damn fine story.
It’s a story about love. About family. About fitting in. About the lengths we will go to in order to protect the ones we love. It is funny. It’s relatable. It is increasingly dark. And, at times, it is downright horrific in its portrayals of events and their repercussions.
This is one of the best graphic novels I have read in years. This is one of the best Marvel graphic novels I have read period. And, now that I’m home, I’m sad that the next installment is not in stock at my local comic store, because I NEED to know what happens next. I’m also sad to see that the series is either on hiatus or cancelled, since no new issues have been released in quite some months, and I sincerely hope it makes a return soon. ...more
I feel like I should rate this one higher because everyone else I know who's read it had gushed over it so much but, in truth, I found my attention waI feel like I should rate this one higher because everyone else I know who's read it had gushed over it so much but, in truth, I found my attention wandering too often and had to back up and reread multiple sections because it just didn't draw me in....more
The more I read of this slice-of-life comic about three new and unlikely friends at university, the more I love it. Giant Days doesn't have superheroeThe more I read of this slice-of-life comic about three new and unlikely friends at university, the more I love it. Giant Days doesn't have superheroes or aliens or the paranormal or tell larger-than-life stories, but the writing is engaging and endearing, and the art is a wonderful compliment to the story....more
Oh, man. We could have had it all with this one, and I really believe that. *cue Adele interlude* We could have had it aaaaaaaalllllllllllllll *end AOh, man. We could have had it all with this one, and I really believe that. *cue Adele interlude* We could have had it aaaaaaaalllllllllllllll *end Adele interlude*
There are so many things I like about this story. First and foremost, the art team of Marquez and Ponsor is top-notch and perfect for the series. I love how well they complement one another, and I especially love how Carol is drawn and colored here. She looks amazing. I am unabashedly in love with this version of Captain Marvel.
Secondly, I like the idea of Ulysses. He kind of sold me on wanting to give the Inhumans series a fair shot. I don’t really care about the Inhumans. I know very little of them outside of Medusa’s involvement with A-Force and an occasional Black Bolt appearance in various other things I read. I like the idea of his loner outcast kid having an overwhelming power to predict the future, even if it always wants to bring Minority Report to mind.
Thirdly, I get why Ulysses and his powers would cause such a rift in the superhero community. These guys have been getting by on the skin of their teeth, barely averting world-ending disasters for how long now? The ability to have someone predict those disasters, and to put a stop to them before they happened, and to maybe make the world a secure place and maybe, just maybe, take a day off has got to be tempting.
Fourthly, the return of Tony Stark and Doctor Strange as Facial Hair Bros. I mean, come on.
But, good god, does this series turn into a trainwreck in record time. Captain Marvel becomes such a fanatical believer in Ulysses and his visions that she quickly becomes a caricature and the most unlikeable, most unsympathetic, utterly unreasonable character in the series, and it is very hard not to argue when it is pointed out to her that everyone who dies in this series does so as a direct result of her actions. To put her front in center in a major event and then cast her as utterly deranged is a really bizarre decision, particularly given the character’s popularity and her recently-announced (at the time the series was first hyped and released) solo film. Is this really the version of Captain Marvel you want to bring front and center?
A lot of otherwise rational characters make a lot of ridiculous and sometimes out-of-character decisions in the name of Escalating the Drama. You might as well start a drinking game for how many times massive fights break out right after someone urges someone else to keep their cool, or says “we cannot afford a big fight in front of…” Be sure to bring along a lot of booze if you choose the drinking game. You will go through it in record time.
The thing is, though, I would have liked this event if it wasn’t, you know, an event. I enjoyed the hell out of issues 0 and 1. I would have loved the story of Ulysses and his powers if it was done on a much, much smaller scale, and every hero you’ve ever heard of wasn’t punching each other out on top of a national landmark. But Marvel doesn’t show any sign of shutting the Company!Wide!Crossover!Spectacular machine down any time soon, and this isn’t the first or last potentially excellent story to get sacrificed to the event machine. ...more
Oh, A-Force, I am so conflicted with you. On one hand, I love you so very, very much. This is the girl power comic I didn't know I wanted, and which sOh, A-Force, I am so conflicted with you. On one hand, I love you so very, very much. This is the girl power comic I didn't know I wanted, and which sparked my love of girl power comics. You have such a great line-up. And yet your final volume is mired in Civil War II drama, and you were sadly cancelled before your time, or before you could really give us a proper resolution to much of anything.
I wish there had been a few more issues to wrap everything up, particularly in regards to She-Hulk. I wish the comic had escaped the Company!Wide!Crossover!Spectacular! of the season that was Civil War II. I hate these events so much, and they are slowly gravitating me away from Marvel entirely. I just want to be able to read a series without it being utterly interrupted and kicked around by the Event of the Moment.
Despite the low rating here, which is mostly because of the grossly unresolved and unnecessary Civil War arc, I hope this series finds its way back sometime in the future, free of the encumbrances of the Marvel Event Machine. ...more