The fourth issue of the Vision left readers in slack-jawed shock - it's so rare that a book can catch the reader that off guard in such a tense, emotional moment, but that's what it did and its ramifications are echoing in the newest issue of what may be Marvel's best series.
The opening, artfully and dourly conveyed by Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire, paces itself to a very carefully selected passage from Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice,' which emphasizes two things - to Vin it questions the depth of his own humanity, forcing him to take a look at himself not as the robotic son of a world-renowned robot, but as a human with emotions and doubts and fears rattling around inside. To the reader, the underlined message is "Revenge," and that it's coming.... sooner than we think.
Tom King does a great job in juggling scenes and characters here, with Virginia unable to cope with all that she has done, Vin struggling with his identity, poor Viv dealing with the loss of her first outside attachment, and Vision confronting the betrayal of his closely-held moral convictions. Hell, the scene with Vision answering questions at the police station, as he deftly goes through all of his superior acts of bravery and heroism, really strikes a chord as he has to admit to himself that he is lying in the eyes of the law.
Walta is at the top of his game in this book, with each individual android clearly going through a gamut of new emotions. There's anguish on display, misery, frustration. The body language is clear as a bell when Virginia smashes a table, or when Vision stops in his tracks. And Jordie Bellaire artfully nails the proper tone with her warm colors and brilliant backdrops. Also, VC's Clayton Cowles deserves all the credit in the world for choosing the right blocks for the narration and the right bubbles and letters to tell the story, not get in the way.
This fallout issue does a great job of allowing the reader to catch their breath after the shocking conclusion of the previous issue, but it also makes the reader brace him or herself for the next inevitable gut punch.
King, Walta, and Bellaire are doing something truly special for not just fans of the medium, but fans of literature in general.
LOWDOWN: A stellar issue that, while is extremely powerful and pefectly executed, can't match the sheer power of the previous issue. 9 out of 10 pelvic thrusts, and a wiggle at the end. For posterity.