Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fading Vision

Many of us lament the decline and eventual loss of this once-great character:

So let's throw open the floor and invite your opinion on a thought-provoking question:
When did the Vision jump the shark for you?

Was it as early as this stunning moment?

Or was the tipping point when his romance with the Scarlet Witch took the next step?

Maybe you hung in there until the moment he freed himself from Ultron's control crystal, and gained human emotions as well as losing his chilly, modulated voice?

Or was it when he decided to become a family man?

Somebody get this guy a set of golf clubs and a Polo shirt!

But Steve Englehart's paradise for the Vision was only temporary--because when he was snatched and disassembled by John Byrne, he was never quite the same again:

It took awhile, but eventually he got a new body, courtesy of a Vision from a parallel world. And it looked like the reset button had been hit for him:

But thanks to (of all people) Wanda, the Vision took a major hit when his ex-wife went ballistic on the Avengers:

Capped off by She-Hulk losing it and shredding him like, well, plastic:

But could it have been another moment when this character's strength and uniqueness faded for you? When did you lose your interest in the Vision??


Kid said...

That'll be from when the first illos you showed - kissy-kissy stuff with Wanda. John Byrne made him interesting again for a while, but it didn't last. I don't know what the current status of the Vision is as I lost interest way back.

david_b said...

Like Kid, that first kiss scene definitely was trouble; while it was a tad before I started collecting, and I liked Vish through the early '70s, he lost that initially cool aura right then and there.

Personally..? it was the horrid Layton and Milgrom era when Vish got his human voice (nearly everything between 200-250..).

Lousy when they got married, but insipid and banal by that point.

Colin Jones said...

Well, I still love the Vision - the modern Avengers needs to get rid of Wolverine and Spider-Man and bring back the Vision !

Adam said...

My interest was never lost on the Vision and I basically got into Avengers during the Busiek era. The problem was that the character fell into the hands of Brian Bendis, who, IMO, is not that great of a writer the industry has hyped him up to be.

Don't get me wrong. His works on Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil are top notch, but he comes up extremely short when put on a team book or given the reigns of a crossover event book. He's like Jim Lee, in where he's good in certain aspects of creation but not all of them. A jack of trades, as it were. Again, this is how I see it.

Dunsade Dave said...

I'm sure there was at least one issue of Vision and Scarlet Witch that showed the Vision relaxing at home in a Hawaiian shirt, which I found ludicrous at the time.

There are some really nice Vision stories in Bob Harras's early 90s Avengers run, which is well worth a read (and overdue a reprint too).

Comicsfan said...

Kid, I wasn't sure of the current status of the Vision, either. I seem to recall a scene where Tony Stark built and presented a new Vision. He may or may not have downloaded the former Vision's memories/brain patterns/files/whatever into the new model--I honestly don't recall.

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