SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Vision” #12, which is on sale now.
When Marvel’s new “Champions” series began last month, readers following the “Vision” ongoing may have left that issue with one specific question: what’s going on in the Vision household? Closer to a tensely dramatic prestige cable drama than a superhero comic, Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire’s “Vision” series depicted the home life of the Avenger Vision and the synthezoid wife and children that he created for himself.
When “Champions” — an all-teen super team including Viv Vision — debuted earlier this month, it showed Vision and Viv living together in their family’s home.
But “Vision” #11, the most recent issue of that series at the time, depicted the Vision family in a dire situation. Following the death of their son, Vision’s wife Virginia exacted revenge on his killer — the ex-Avenger and Runaway Victor Mancha. Additionally, Virginia told Viv about the her role in the accidental death of one of Viv’s classmates. Things were not going well for Vision’s family, and readers of “Vision” had to wonder what could possibly happen in the last issue of “Vision” that would calm things down to what we saw in “Champions.”
“Vision” #12 from King, Walta and Bellaire picks up where the previous issue left off (and before “Champions” #1) and features the final conversation between Vision and his wife. Virginia tells Vision that she’s ingested a liquid that will corrode her insides and end her functioning. Vision pleads with her, in his own way, and tells her he will lie to the police to clear her name for her involvement in Victor Mancha and the school boy’s deaths.
“No. You will not,” says Virginia. “Such corrections would result in your imprisonment. And the isolation and/or death of our daughter.”
Virginia dies in Vision’s arms, and we then cut to a scene of Viv walking with Scarlet Witch, the woman whose brainwaves were used to program her mother. Viv has many questions for Wanda Maximoff, who quotes Shakespeare in order to give the young synthezoid a lesson on selflessness.
The issue ends with a scene between Vision and Viv, setting up the family’s new status quo in the aftermath of the death of Virginia and Vin.
Vision has not given up his life in the suburbs, and has stayed there to raise his daughter. Viv is back in school and, thanks to some words from Scarlet Witch, possibly even more aware of what it means to make sacrifices for others. Those are the kinds of sacrifices that superheroes like her father and the Champions make. And that’s the context within which Viv Vision greets the Champions in that series’ debut issue from earlier this month, thus beginning Viv’s own career as a hero.
Viv Vision’s story continues in “Champions” #2, which arrives in stores on November 2.
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