The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta is a complex story set within a very structured and small framework. One house, with few rooms, very little happens away from its premises. An Avengers mansion here, a school classroom there, it keeps itself to itself, but delivers body blows to the reader.
The pages and panels follow this, structured as the suburban house, in which The Vision now lives, set up with his newly created family. And his "vision" of a normal life is brought to its knees – as a normal life is always far more complex and insecure as it looks on the outside.
It is densely structured, bringing in all manner of cultural references and filtering it through a unique… vision.
The closest Marvel got to this achievement before was the Kieron Gillen and Doug Braithwaite Journey Into Mystery series, which suffered from artist switcheroos and crossovers, dulling its impact.
But The Vision has managed to maintain its… well… vision. Its title has multilayers, including the idea of knowing the future, the audience let in on what is to come, what is inevitable, what shows no sign of stopping even if we are yet unable to join together all the dots.
And issue, after issue, ending in tragedy, dread, extreme stress for the characters – and the readers. Leading Tom King to write this after today's issue, which is as bad as it gets.
This is Marvel's Watchmen. Just, you know, no one tell Zack Snyder.