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The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man

(Vision (2015) (Collected Editions) #1)

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The Vision wants to be human, and what's more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny and imagined that he could be more -that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look ...more
Paperback, Trade, 136 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Marvel
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Chris Tom King has written several other comics, although some of them aren't out in trade yet. The closest to The Vision in terms of tone and writing style…moreTom King has written several other comics, although some of them aren't out in trade yet. The closest to The Vision in terms of tone and writing style is The Omega Men: The End Is Here.(less)
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Anne
Whoa. Nothing is creepier than the 'burbs.

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This seems to have fairly positive reviews, but there are those that thought this was pretty boring. And I can kinda understand where they're coming from.
It's a slow moving story about androids. Sorry..synthezoids? Whatever. At any rate, I get why this might not be some people's cuppa.
Also? Hype.
Anything that gets too over-hyped tends to be a letdown to me. And this one has tons of rave reviews. So, there's that, as well.
Lower your expectations. <--th
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Jan Philipzig
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I Have Said It. Therefore It Is Confirmed.”

Whoa, that was fun! I mean, what a character, just listen to the guy: “To assert as truth that which has no meaning is the core mission of humanity.” Or: “Hmmm, yes, this is typical of most human endeavors. They change but they do not change.” Or: “The pursuit of a set purpose by logical means is the way of tyranny... The pursuit of an unobtainable purpose by absurd means is the way of freedom. This is my vision of the future. Of our future.” I hear ya
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Donovan
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it



Tom King’s Vision is literary sci-fi, dark and satirical, with sharp commentary on race and humanity, life and death, in a Marvel super hero comic. Extraordinary.

"For a moment, as she listened to her family argue and laugh, Virginia felt content.

She belonged here. They belonged here. Everything in the end would be good. This moment lasted 1.72 seconds."
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Dan Schwent
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-comics
The Vision builds himself a family and moves to the suburbs with them. Things are great until they aren't.

After reading the first issue of The Vision via Marvel Unlimited, I knew I wanted to read the rest. Little Worse than a Man collects the first six issues.

The Vision and his family experience prejudice from their human neighbors, Viv and Vin's classmates, and later, the cops. Virginia lies to the Vision once and it snowballs, sending their quiet suburban life out of control. I saw someone ref
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David Schaafsma
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
"They seemed nice."

I have no particular interest in Marvel’s world of the Avengers, but this one surprised me. Takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, where Avenger Vision moves with his wife and twins. Suburbia. Welcome to the neighborhood, toasters! A darkly satirical commentary on contemporary American society through a domestic comic!

Here’s two key quotes that may get at the philosophy and somewhat robotic tone of it all from Vision, who spouts this kind of thing and in this kind of tone throu
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Sam Quixote
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I get into some spoilsies later in the review so I guess “be warned”. The short version of this review is that the book is overrated, boring and poorly written and I wouldn’t recommend it. Ok, on with the review proper!

The Vision suddenly has a family! His wife is Virginia, his son is Vin and his daughter is Viv (oh the cute alliteration) and they reside at 616 Hickory Branch Lane (geddit, like Marvel-616, the main Marvel universe). Not a lot happens for most of the book until something does an
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Calista
I like the idea of a volume about Vision and his family. I don't think it was all that well done. I don't know the character all that well, so maybe it is.

The vision is their own family unit. They are fairly normal but school is tough for the kids. Villains do attack the house at some point. Vision is out with the Avengers saving the world much of the time too. All the pressure of having a family on present here and then some.

It's not a bad volume, and it's not a great volume. I might read the
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Kemper
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2019, marvel, superhero
They say that good fences make good neighbors, but what if your neighbor was an android with the ability to manipulate the density of his body so that he could simply phase through the fence?

Vision decides he wants a family so he creates some more synthezoids to function as his wife and two children and moves to the suburbs of DC to lead a more ‘normal’ life. However, some of the neighbors are worried about what a family of robots will do the property values, and it turns out that his family hav
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Chris
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel
I don't usually review any of the series I follow in single issues until they're released in trade, but I'm making an exception for The Vision as it's one of the best comic books I've ever read. Hell, the term "comic book" seems insufficient to describe Little Worse Than A Man. It's storytelling through sequential art at it's finest and I thought it was incredible from start to finish.

Comic superstar-in-the-making Tom King teams with talented artist Gabriel H. Walta and fan-favourite colourist J
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Matthew Quann
The hype is real!

Aside from a select few comics I've switched from floppies to trade waiting in the wake of Marvel's Secret Wars. The comics are a bit more affordable in collection, and I don't feel as obligated to continue reading a series in trades if the first one isn't very good. But there's been a few series whose near unanimous praise has me itching to dig in, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther and Tom King's The Vision.

I'd heard the series was an amalgam of Breaking Bad and the wackiest stu
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Scott
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I am the astro-creep, a demolition-style hell American freak yeah . . . More human than human!" -- White Zombie

Little Worse Than a Man was a breath of fresh air after reading a handful of bland, not particularly memorable graphic novels in the last week. Part of the uniqueness was its dark, sort of dreadful atmosphere -- it was like the twisting together of a Twilight Zone episode with a Richard Matheson short story, with a pinch of certain David Lynch films hinting at the evil lurking undernea
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Bradley
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Crap, I think I just P'd on my NP. Or rather, the reverse. Maybe a little phase-out.

I don't know why I didn't read this when it first came out. It looked funny. It looked interesting. I mean, I never felt COMPELLED to read anything with Vision in it. Not really. But just looking at this cover, seeing the nominations and reviews it got, I really SHOULD have picked it up sooner.

Well, color me shamed. I LOVED this. Super smart, super cray-cray, and with a big fat mirror held up to us all, prov
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Rory Wilding
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As the concept of artificial intelligence is becoming more of a reality in our current day and age, it is an idea that though has been used over the decades of science-fiction, the more relevant it becomes the more we feel fearful towards it. This is perfectly summed up in the first volume of Tom King’s solo comic about Marvel’s “synthezoid” superhero.

Although he was created to be a weapon by the evil robot Ultron, the Vision’s greatest desire is to be human and what’s more human than family? Mu
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Artemy
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know the Vision? That red android from the Avengers, son of Ultron? That guy from the latest Avengers movie? Well, he decided to create himself a happy family, and it's gone very, very wrong. Yeah, I thought that premise was kinda dumb, too. Who knew this comic would be such a revelation.

I am torn between this and Doctor Strange as Marvel's best new series of the year. This brilliant, creepy, haunting story is so good, I can't wait for the next issue every month. I would tell more about the
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James DeSantis
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Youtube Video Review - https://youtu.be/CK5UQwuwwbM

Every once in a blue moon you read a graphic novel that blows away any expectations no matter how much good you heard about it. Earlier this year it was American Alien. The Vision is the second Graphic Novel made this year to blow me the FUCK away!

Vision is building a home for his family. His wife, his kids, all he's trying to do is be normal. It's simple, for humans we try our best to achieve great things. For Vision he's saved the world a bun
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Chad
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Has the feel of a horror or thriller movie using Stephen King's common narrative device of alluding to things ending badly in the future. Covering up a mistake slowly snowballs out of control. Some people will say it moves to slow, but I thought the plot moved at the right speed. Tom King's best written work to date. Gabriel Hernandez Walta's art has grown in leaps and bounds. His style fits very well with this book.
Cheese
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot darker in nature than I thought, but a well told story none the less.

Lovely artwork, the story reminded me of a horror movie, but I can't quite think which one. Maybe the shining, when the wife has realised that her husband is crazy. It provokes some interesting debates about AI as well.

Exterminate!
Michelle Morrell
The Vision tries to slice off a bit of Americana home life for himself, only things don't go entirely as planned.

Interesting concept, and the last few panels were just exactly what we don't want in an overpowered AI-made-flesh. I thought it could have been more effective in a smaller space though, it felt like it plodded a bit, just to build up the ((gasp)) at the end.
Jeannette Nikolova
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

From the moment I started reading The Vision, I felt that something was creeping in on me. I knew that this was mostly supposed to be a dark comedy, at least from most of what I had read or heard about it. However, that was not the feeling that I got from the volume itself.

First and foremost, there is something that I really enjoyed: the ominous chill running through the entire volume. From the very beginning, I felt slightly disturbed by the characte
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Gary
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Vision creates a synthezoid family for himself, moves into the suburbs of Washington D.C., and shit goes horribly wrong.
I love, and I mean LOVE, the art in this book. The writing is smart, and I liked the suburban horror story angle. I'm a little concerned about the pacing - a sort of droning tone punctuated by brief but brutal incidents of violence - which has become a little redundant from chapter to chapter. Also, my expectations are a little deflated because I am fairly certain that the
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Chelsea &#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;
Admittedly, I'm not King's biggest fan. His books are usually hit or miss with me (mostly miss). This one is somewhere in the middle.

It's an interesting premise. I've said before, I don't really understand Vision as a character. I don't quite understand how he has emotions or forms attachments. Here, it's that issue x 4 with his "wife and two kids". I've read some critiques from die hard Wanda fans who hate Vision because of his treatment of Wanda. I never really formed an opinion on that becaus
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Jesse A
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cool story with a very good series direction.
Shadowdenizen
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-marvel
"Existenstial Horror."

That's the best way to describe this unique maxi-series from Marvel, and it's a perfect example of the risks that Marvel is willing to take with titles, and it paid off in spades in this instance.

There is little not to like about this title (which, as I write this, is 2/3rds of the way thru it's run of 12 issues); the writing, pacing and characterization are spot-on, though this is definitely a new vision for the characters (Pardon the bad pun), and certainly NOT the Vision
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Wing Kee
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My brain just blew up.

World: The art is fantastic, it’s not as shiny and bright as I thought this series would have but wow does it ever work. There is a grounded muted pallet to to the tone and the color and design of the world which makes this special story mundane in the best possible way. The world building here is also fantastic, it draws on the past of the characters but quickly orients readers with the needed information and moves ahead with it’s own tale. Yes we know Vision is not human,
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Eric
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"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions," or so it's been said for who knows how long. It's one of those sayings where I always want to retort, as sarcastically as my voice can physically allow, Ah yes, it was good intentions that have led all the world's abusers, all the serial killers, all the serial rapists, all the career criminals, all the tyrants, and all the all-too-willing people who serve and enable them all astray towards Hell.

Yet I must concede that Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez
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Char
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“To assert as truth that which has no meaning is the core mission of humanity.”
Jenny
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story isn't what I expected at all. It's much deeper and more complex and philosophical than I anticipated. I thought it would be an action story. It's Marvel, after all. But it's also about Vision, a character I only knew about through Viv Vision in The Champions series by Mark Waid. Now that I know more about him and remember the story line of him being created by Ultron, it makes more sense that it involves complex questions about humanity and Otherness.

When I first began reading, I didn
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Blindzider
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Let me start by tempering some expectations: There are no major super hero battles. This is a subtle, commentary on humanity, with a dose of horror.

The Vision decides to create a family (wife and two kids) who are just like him and move to the suburbs and live a "normal" life. Through this setup, King examines what is a "normal" life? How far would you go to maintain the perception that your life is normal? Should/can everyone live a normal life? These questions and more are what King are asking
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Jerry Jose
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This comic has a laughable formula, and in first look is a quixotic attempt to sell the family life of an Avenger. Yes, Hawkeye worked, but here the variables are entirely different. Vision is a synthezoid, and probably everyone's least favourite.

King's take on Vision reminded me of Gaiman's Black Orchid run, reinventing a not so mainstream character, by embracing the original handicaps with fresh perspectives. I read a little deep into fan letters and found these words of King himself "For me,
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Frédéric
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Do synthezoids dream of electric sheeps?
Ok, an easy one but well deserved to cover the sad and doomed attempts of the Vision to live a "normal" life with a "normal" family.
Well, this is not a "normal" Marvel comic book. No huge fights, no overboobed babes in spandex, no runts snikting their claws... Rather a grim suburb, a poisoned atmosphere and lots of text. And it's great, too!
I tip my hat to Marvel for endorsing such a different and interesting use of super heroes.
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