I became an Avengers reader right at the time the Vision was becoming a true assembler: palling around with Clint, having chess matches with T’Challa, attending a teetotalers’ reception at Jan and Henry Pym’s wedding.
When I returned to comics, I was aghast at what had been done to the character. (I did not think anyone could do worse than John Byrne had done in West Coast Avengers!)
Well, Brian Michael Bendis, you have redeemed yourself in my eyes because you have written perhaps the perfect Vision-quest book to date here in Avengers #24.1. And also justified (finally!) the existence of the Point One mags themselves.
Few stories from the current crop of “Architects” have been as introspective as this one, bringing the reader (me) and the character up-to-date together on the wheres and whys of the Avengers’ adventures into modern times.
The emotion practically leaps out of the page with the encounters of the synthezoid, and it occurs to me that Bendis is having his greatest success at humanization of a character while writing about a synthetic man. Byronic!
Kudos to the art of Brandon Peterson for keeping this great script alive in the reader’s mind with his fantastic panel arrangements and wonderfully strong facial expressions.
The countdown to Brian’s departure from Avengers is on. I just wish he had not saved his very best stuff for last!