This may be the second issue of the “Avengers Origins” series of one-shots, but it is the one issue I was anticipating the most. Every “Avengers” reader has his or her own preconceived notion of who the Avengers should be, and who the most important Avengers are. In my mind, following Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, and Hawkeye, Vision is the most important Avenger. He’s chaired the team, he’s been on more than one incarnation, and he intimately knows their most dangerous foe. After all, Ultron created him.
This issue, co-written by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, opens with a seven-page sequence devoted to the creation and training of the Vision through the machinations of Ultron. Higgins and Siegel blend nicely into one voice throughout this issue, giving ample panel time to Ultron, Vision, Hank Pym (Giant-Man at this juncture), Wasp, Hawkeye, and Black Panther. Each of the characters has nice moments to showcase their personalities and even flex their powers and abilities without having to do so in a heavy-handed manner. It helps when the protagonist/antagonist of the story is mechanical in nature and his heads-up display can double as a narrative device.
Higgins and Siegel show what makes the Avengers an inspirational team, and in doing so give us a very credible story of how the Vision finds his allegiance. Through the course of the story, though, there’s plenty of big-screen action, powerful fight scenes, and intelligent character moments. The interaction of the Avengers -- Black Panther, Hawkeye, Wasp, and Giant-Man -- is powerful and spot-on, reading like a between-the-panels tale recently found and tidied up for mass consumption.
Stephane Perger draws the story with flair and style that is reminiscent of the Avengers stories of the era, but does so with a very modern technique. The painted panels are less geometric divisions of the pages and more like a montage used to convey the story. That allows the artwork to be more organic and open, giving the story an even bigger appearance. Perger’s characters are beautifully rendered, and the overall appearance of this book has me hoping that Perger draws more of these one-shots. The page angles and character interactions are wonderfully thought out, and the image of Vision descending upon an unsuspecting Janet Van Dyne is downright terrifying.
“Avengers Origins” is a fun set of one-shots brushing up the origin stories of these fan-favorite characters, and this issue is a textbook example of what these stories should be like. With more issues on the horizon, every fan of the Avengers is sure to find a story or three of “their” Avengers. I’ve certainly found mine in this issue. If only we could have more.