Throughout Vision, Tom King and Gabriel Fernandez Walta’s suburban noir that ends today on issue #12, King and Walta have stuck to their tone. In bare plot summary, it seems a strange idea: A super-powered robot struggles with his family and a moral quicksand that slowly begun to engulf them. In many respects, it’s more James M. Cain than Stan Lee. But over the last eleven issues, it’s been a fascinating take on a hero who can sometimes feel bland, and it wraps up with its final issue today.
This issue, though, has a surprising tone to it, a mix of optimism and sadness as the Vision manages to keep some of his family together. But it’s not without a cost, and perhaps the most affecting aspect of the story is that the Vision isn’t sure if he wants to pay it. It’s taken out of his hands, though, which touches on one of the key themes of the book, that it’s better to choose our fates, and accept our responsibilities, than to hide from them.
This hasn’t beenMarvel’s best-selling book, and it unwound over a year that found it obscured by relaunches and crossovers. But it was, many of the weeks it came out, the best book Marvel put into print, and King and Walta’s take on the Vision will likly be the defining one for a long time.
Recently Chip Zdarsky took the unusual step of revealing Jughead, Archie’s food-obsessed buddy, as asexual. As in, just not interested in sex. At all. Period. It seems an unusual development to try and spin into Archie-esque hijinks, but Zdarsky pulls it off by having Jughead screw up and impress Sabrina the Teenage Witch, take her on an awful date, and then find himself on the receiving end of her vengeance. One problem: The unstoppable force of Sabrina’s slapstick weirdness is no match for the immovable object that is Jughead’s jaw-dropping luck. The result is a clever tribute to Archie gags of yore while normalizing Jughead’s lack of interest in romance.
Also Archie has upped his relationship fail game. We won’t reveal how, but it might be the funniest gag in the book, especially with the very busy Derek Charm on art, who offers a clean angularity to Archie’s house style that makes the book stand out. And, oddly, imitating that house style is exactly what benefits Charm in the other book he has out this week.