AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #10 / Writer: Mark Waid, Jim Zub, and Al Ewing / Artist: Sean Izaaske / Colorist: Marcio Menyz with Erick Arciniega / Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino / Cover Artist: Yasmine Putri / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: April 17, 2019
Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), Jim Zub (Champions), and Mark Waid (He’s Mark Waid, google him, he’s done everything) have put our favorite synthezoid through the wringer in this series. Throughout this all-star trio of writers’ world-bending adventure story, the Vision has a death wish ever since his wife and kid died, and Conan the Barbarian of all people confronted him about that in the last issue. Vision is tired and now he has to save the day, he has to be an Avenger. He represents how we feel at times when the world’s getting us down, but we need to get up. This final issue shows us that.
Nyx, the villain of this story, also has an interesting character arc. She’s the Greek goddess of Night and the story has her doing a full Thanos tilt with her evil children acting as her generals, trying to collect magic stones. She represents the darkness, the inevitable, the permanent, ongoing, and infinite.
Then there’s this house on Long Island – it’s an ancient place, a place of pure imagination. The climax goes into this light-versus-darkness battle between the Vision and Nyx inside a house. Classic, all-powerful, end times goddess versus imagination. Darkness versus stories. Beginning with the slow symbolic conversion into the classic Human Torch, The House of Ideas drop is so cliché that it works and summons actual tears to my eyes. This is a true Avengers story. This is pure Marvel magic. This is comic books at their best. It sets up for more stories, more beginnings, and a lot of other stuff. This is a fun weekly book written by amazing writers, drawn by fantastic artists, and worth a read.
Verdict: 4 out of 5