By d. emerson eddy – “They’re robots, Nora. They don’t like cookies.”
There is a message from Leo Tolstoy inside Anna Karenina it is often said about families, “all happy families are alike; not every happy family is happy on its own”. There are other applications and interpretations that follow or precede the advice, based on the idea that there are many ways to fail a set situation, but only one to achieve success, in everything from mathematics to ethics. Some people will dismiss that happy family as cute, especially in a narrative sense, but I’ll leave that discussion for another time. What easily appeals to us is the drama, strife, and laziness of a happy family. This is the case in The Gift do not Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh, Jordie Bellairea Clayton Cowles.
Before domestic bliss was recorded as a new motif in many of King’s works (such as in Mister Miracle, Batman, a Other Conditions), he drove away with him Surprise‘s resident synthezoid trying to start his own family. The Gift introduces us to his family, Virginia, Viv, and Vin as they try to live a normal life, go to school, put up with neighbors, and murderous uncles. Like the archetypal American family in a Norman Rockwell painting.
There are many ways you can look at the design flaws of the Vision family, which is an interesting way to look at the family’s potential for failure. Of course, you can put in the box that a synthetic family is expected to fall, the ideas created in the verisimilitude of real life will definitely lead to conflict, but I think it’s easy to see of the classes shown in the story. Although this is the reason, whether it is true or not, the actions taken by the family, the violations in Virginia and the way of Vision, can be done regardless of whether it is synthetic or not. When you think about Virginia’s mental state, how a synthetic organism can cause depression, and what she does for her children and her family, it’s almost impossible to see what she’s doing. the flesh and blood mother for their child.
There are examples of characters falling through the cracks when something bad happens to their best publishing plan, while Virginia continues to post characters after the breaking character, Viv becomes scared of a classmate who actually treats her like a normal person, and Vin tells Shylock’s without ending. soliloquy from The Merchant of Venice, but is it really that different from the average person who has an injury? Returning to that information, take the time to try to figure out how we can take a different turn. That last sequence also speaks to whether Vin and his family do not qualify as real beings in the same way that Shylock describes himself as a creature. And building on one of the most important themes of this work, punishment.
The artwork from Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh (who provided the art for the flashback chapter about the Vision and Scarlet Witch), and Jordie Bellaire is typical of superhero comics and feels I find it helpful to distinguish this from the usual superhero derring-do. Walta’s characters are larger, with more complex angles and increased printing, which separates them from the simple and rounded lines of superhero characters. Combined with the soft reds and greens of the Vision’s dress that Jordie Bellaire used as the basis for the book’s color palette, there is a pencil-like texture to the image that gives the impression of a dreamlike state. . Or blue in those halcyon days of middle America in that Rockwell painting. Enhanced by the letters of Clayton Cowles, bringing a unique digital voice to the family’s word balloons.
I also found that Walta’s sequence of actions helps to understand the overall meaning of the story. In many of King’s other books, there is an emphasis on layout, especially in 9-panel grids or 3-4 wide panels. This doesn’t follow a fixed format, but Walta always gives pages the appearance of grids and levels, like clockwork. There is also a local work, but it does not take care of the important time, which is to create new forms that are sometimes broken. As the Vision tells you he is keeping a serious story, but there are some flaws that he doesn’t want to share. It is best shown in chapter nine, when the pain strikes again.
The Gift from King, Walta, Walsh, Bellaire, and Cowles is a disaster. It’s about a Pinocchio who doesn’t become a real boy, but in doing so represents the true nature of human nature. It is a meditation on family, loss, grief, and sacrifice with an interesting message of mental illness. This family is not happy in a unique and universal way, which can be seen in the picture and in the conversation.
Author: Tom King
Artists: Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Michael Walsh
Color Manager: Jordie Bellaire
Mail: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Amazing Comics
A super hero story like no other. He was made to kill the Avengers – but he turned on his “father.” He found a home among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and love in the arms of the Scarlet Witch – but it didn’t end well. Now, Vision just wants a normal life – with a wife and two kids, a home in the suburbs, and maybe a dog. That’s how he built it. But the good doesn’t stop there. Everything is good and normal – until the death starts. Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta connect the imagination in their heart-wrenching, heart-wrenching, breathtaking magnum opus – collected in its Eisner award-winning glory.
release date: January 10, 2018 (The Complete Collection)
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d. A student and writer of Emerson Eddy. He fell in love with comics during Moore, Bissette, & Totleben’s run on Swamp Thing and has been a villain ever since. His anger is often expressed on Twitter @93418.