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The Vision of today is not the Vision I grew up with and has not been for quite some time. Decades, in fact. The Vision I grew up with was almost certainly the greatest creation of Stan Lee's successor, Roy Thomas. That Vision had a personality pretty similar to the Silver Surfer's. He was the central figure of the Avengers. Being a synthezoid, he was nobody's parent, sibling, or offspring, nor could he be. His love affair with the Scarlet Witch was one of the greatest comic book love stories of all time. He was aloof and didn't really have much in the way of friends, but he was sincerely an Avenger, and that meant he had every other Avenger's back, whatever the risk. His ongoing journey to greater self-awareness was one of the binding threads of the Avengers saga.
And then the Decades of Weird descended upon him and have yet to release him.
Well said. I used to love this guy. He almost came back in Busiek/Perez's revival - but still seemed somewhat watered down. He really only works as the rock in the center of the Avengers. When he's portrayed as just another member, he seems unremarkable. There should be two permanent residents of Avengers Mansion - Jarvis and the Vision.
He also used to be a huge heavy hitter, power-wise. These days he's a bit of a clay soldier. He and the Thing have that in common. When they aren't portrayed as formidable, they lose a lot of their appeal.