Comics : Avengers (Vol. 4) #24.1

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This review was first published on: Aug 2012.

Background...

Well, Fear Itself is over and we've had a storyline wrapping up things (as much as they can be) with Norman Osborn. Now it's time for a point one issue, that is supposed to be the perfect jumping on point for new readers and contain hints of the future.

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Avengers (Vol. 4) #24.1
May 2012 : SM Reference
Summary: Spider-Man reference: on recap page; Spider-Woman appears
Writer:  Brian Bendis
Artist:  Brandon Peterson, Danny Miki, David Finch, Frank D'Armata
Cover Art:  Brandon Peterson
Lettering:  VC's Cory Petit
Colorist:  Sonia Oback
Executive Producer:  Alan Fine
Publisher:  Dan Buckley
Chief Creative Officer:  Joe Quesada
Editor In Chief:  Axel Alonso
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Associate Editor:  Lauren Sankovitch
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The issue starts with a recap of the Vision's demise at the hands of She-Hulk during the Avengers Dissassembled storyline, from quite awhile ago now. The Vision hasn't been around since, but recently reappeared as a result of Tony Stark helping to become operable again.

Basically the Vision finds out that Wanda was responsible for his destruction and heads off seeking answers. In particular, he wants to find Wanda. He first goes to confront She-Hulk, there's forgiveness and hugs all round. His conversation leads to think of going to Magneto to find out where Wanda is, so off he heads to Utopia.

Once at Uptopia, Vision confronts Magento. Things get tense, there's name calling and Vision phases his hand into Magento's body, threatening to rip his heart out! Anyway, Mageneto ends up admitting he doesn't know Wanda's whereabouts and throws Vision out.

Vision returns to Avengers mansion, where Cap chastises him for his actions, but also seeks to console him. The Vision breaks down in an emotional heap.

In General...

This is a very good issue. I really like the tense feeling that is built up throughout the issue and the fact the Vision's reponses are unpredictable. Not only has he been through something traumatic that could cause unpredicatble responses, but he's also an android(synthesised lifeform might be the more 'pc' term), which adds another level of unpredictability. The scene between Magneto and the Vision is particularly fraught with raw emotion. I particularly loved how Magneto hit Vision's 'soft spot' telling him that he could lose acceptance amongst humans. This really brought to the fore the Vision's struggle, his desire to be human and experiencing human emotions, but knowing he is not human. It was great stuff. An issue without 'action', but with plenty of impact.

As for it being a 'point one' issue though, it doesn't really seem to fit that mandate. It is a done in one issue, true, but it is heavily stepped in Marvel lore and not really a good 'starting point'. Also, if it as indicator of future story directions, it only seems to be pointing to future sup-plots.... unless the next big crossover is to do the Vision and Wanda's marital problems...

The artwork was super solid, with Peterson doing an excellent job on facial expressions in particular.

Overall Rating...

A very strong, emotional issue.