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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Synths in Suburbia

Vision Vol. 1 - Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Tom King

Forewarned, I know absolutely nil about the Vision and his role in saving the world from Ultron or anything else.


For me, this was a comic about a super hero (really it could be any of them) trying to have a normal life.  The Vision feels it's a little different for him, though, because even his 'humanity' is in question.  Not just that he shouldn't be living with the normals as a superhero, but should he even be allowed to own property?  Are he and are his family members human enough to warrant a place at the table?


The Vision and his family's main goal is to become more like humanity, therefore embracing illogical notions and practicing other human traits as if humanity is a skill that can be mastered.  However, if you believe to err is human, then the Vision and his family already meet the requirements, as they make many mistakes in their attempt to assimilate.


The end of the comic features a character who'd looked into the future saying that Vision was going to be a problem, because from now on he'd do anything for his wife and children's happiness.  "He will kill you.  He will kill your families. He will raze the world."  What goes unsaid is that now the rest of the team of super heroes will be after the Vision to kill him and his family...because they will do anything for their families too.


For them protecting their families, which as super heroes could involve vendettas against them, casualties among their normal neighbors, destroying entire cities, would also come first right?  So why is it so terrible that the Vision would do the same?


I feel like this comic is both making fun of someone 'different' trying to have the same experience as the majority as well as labeling that attempt as dangerous to the majority.  It immediately made me think of the gay marriage debate, which also made fun of images of two people of the same gender marrying, as well as putting forth the view that somehow such a marriage would threaten and endanger the 'institution of marriage' for the majority of straight marrying people.  This feels like the same thing.  Because the Vision is different, he and his family should not be allowed to the same rights as 'humans.'  Many would think that putting a comic on the same level as the gay marriage debate is taking things too seriously, but comics are political statements just like everything else and this one is ascribing danger to difference and reading that gives it strength.


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