Deadpool has been all over the place since Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza introduced the “Merc with a Mouth” in the pages of “New Mutants” #98 (February 1991). The character has been in countless mini-series, regular series, along with numerous guest appearances in everything from comic books to video games to cartoons and has become a staple of Marvel Comics’ current publishing strategy. Now Deadpool is headlining a book with Marvel’s most popular hero Spider-Man. “Spider-Man/Deadpool” written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Ed McGuiness is going to be a huge seller for Marvel especially with release date just prior to the release of the “Deadpool” movie starring Ryan Reynolds.
With the duo of Spider-Man and Deadpool coming together the book is expected to be one of Marvel’s biggest sellers of 2016. So it is no surprise that Marvel will use this book to promote another new title that fans should be reading. On December 16, 2015, Marvel Comics announced that the entire first issue of the all-new “The Vision” series written by Tom King with art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire will be included alongside two of Marvel’s most popular.
“The Vision” series has received tremendous critical acclaim since it debuted in October. It is an irreverent take on a character whose time at Marvel is almost as long as Spider-Man’s. The Vision made his movie debut in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” over summer 2015 played by Paul Bettany and found a new audience. Now Marvel is adding his story to another blockbuster to find him even more fans.
King, Walta, and Bellaire introduced the Vision as an upstanding, suburb residing, superhero living in Virginia and acting as the Avengers liaison to the White House. But that is not the entire story. The real catch is the family the Vision has created for himself to have a more “normal” life. With a wife and two kids the Vision is able to have the family he always wanted.
The quirkiness is how this family relates to each other while learning what it means to be human as that is the goal the Vision wants for them. The family must integrate with their neighborhood, the kids must go to school, and together they deal with one of the greatest enemies of the Vision and the Avengers in the Grim Reaper. The events of the first issue are startling and continue to snowball into the next issue on sale now.
It is not just the action or the awkwardness of the Visions that makes this book. It is the narrative voice used by King to discuss the events. The voice sets up everything to expect in the book but tempers it in a way so however it unfolds will hit you in the gut.
Walta’s art gives the Vision family an artificial look that has them almost as plastic surrounded by the serene quiet neighborhood in Virginia. The setting is everyday, common Main Street USA. But the Visions are anything but common so the artwork really nails that aspect of it to set them apart while at the same time integrating them into the world.
The colors of Bellaire works in perfect conjunction with Walta’s art. It is flat and wholesome forsaking vibrancy to give the illusion of safety in the settings. Its calm vibe contrasts so nicely with the nature of the story.
“The Vision” #1 was a reimagining of a classic hero who maintains much of the character traits he has had since his debut in the pages of “Avengers” #57 (October 1968) but now gets his whole world spun around in an eerie version of “Leave it to Beaver” sort of way.
So even though Spider-Man and Deadpool will not meet up with the Vision in “Spider-Man/Deadpool” #1 on-sale January 6, 2016 the book will serve as a great jumping on point to three very important characters to Marvel. The Vision book must be sampled and experienced, and pairing it with a surefire hit will bring it lots more eyes on the book at no extra cost to the reader.