Real Name: Victoria Anderson
Occupation: Student of Robotics Engineering at Pennsylvania State University
Group Membership: None
Derek Hoffman, Steve Hoffman,
Tina, the Vision (synthezoid);
alcoholic drinks (at least, before she met the Vision)
Enemies: The Gremlin
Known Relatives: Phineas T. Horton (grandfather, deceased), the Vision
(adopted uncle, presumed destroyed), Frankie Raye (step-aunt);
theoretically could claim an extended family through the Vision to the synthezoid's "relatives"
Base of Operations: University Park, Pennsylvania
First Appearance: Avengers Icons: The Vision#2 (November, 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Victoria Anderson had no superhuman powers, although she was quite skilled at robotics engineering, to her own surprise. She wore around her neck a solar gem, similar to that on the Vision's forehead, that has its own artificial intelligence and could presumably absorb and release solar energy. The gem, when in contact with the Vision, produced a holographic image of its creator.
(Avengers Icons: The Vision#2) - At Pennsylvania State University, Victoria rushed to make it on time to her Engineering class, knocking the books from a fellow student's hands. At the door, she met up with Denny and Tina and then went to class, where she fell asleep during the lecture, not realizing she was being watched via the surveillance camera by the Gremlin. Soon after the Gremlin hijacked a plane to University Park, Pennsylvania.
(Avengers Icons: The Vision#3) - Victoria joined her friends at a party, where she was given beer by the keg until she managed to get a head rush. She then ran into Dave, who was studying at a table, and she accidentally poured beer on his notes. Taking that as flirtation, Dave attempted to hit on Victoria, and he noticed the solar gem she was wearing as a necklace. Victoria angrily pushed him away and went to the restroom, where the gem she was wearing began to glow as she was confronted by the Avenger known as the Vision, who had damaged his memory cells in a battle with the synthezoid known as the Gremlin. Victoria ran away frightened until a young boy named Derek Hoffman told her that the Vision wasn't good with patience. While she was saying to herself that she had drank too much, the Vision introduced himself as a creation of her grandfather, the late Professor Phineas T. Horton. The Vision then asked her if she could repair his damaged memory cells, to which she replied with a confused "what?" After looking at the pictures in the room, Derek deduced that she didn't seem to be following in the footsteps of her grandfather and that the Vision might need to speak very slowly to her. The Vision reached for her, causing the solar gems on both of them to activate and generate a holographic image of Phineas Horton, who informed them of his shamed hand in creating the Gremlin technology, which had wrecked havoc on the Allied planes of World War II. The image also explained that Horton had spent his entire life trying to stop the Gremlin and that Victoria and the Vision would have to continue his quest. At that point, Dave returned, begging Victoria for a second chance, and disrupted the image, causing the Vision to get angry and frighten him and the other party guests away from the house. Frightened by the Vision, Victoria ran outside and attempted to escape him via her car. Derek also got inside the vehicle and yelled at her that the Gremlin had killed his grandfather and that they had to stop it. Victoria asked what she could do, stating that she wasn't like her grandfather (i.e. smart). Suddenly, the car doors locked and the car started, driving the two of them to the University Park Air Force Base, with the Vision in hot pursuit. Once arriving, the car was attacked by the Gremlin, who had possessed the body of Steve Hoffman, Derek's father, who had come to Pennsylvania in search of his son. The Gremlin/Steve informed them that he intended to wipe the Vision's circuits and the threesome looked around, noticing the military tanks and vehicles pointed at them.
(Avengers Icons: The Vision#4) - The Vision ordered Victoria to get
clear while he flew high into the air, avoiding the tank blasts. The Gremlin
then grabbed Victoria and entered the B-52 Superfortress. Derek yelled for
the Gremlin to release his dad, but the Gremlin explained that Steve could
provide it with the information necessary to pilot the Superfortress. Victoria
asked the Gremlin why it was doing this, and it replied that its program was
to create as much fear and death on American soil as its abilities allowed.
Victoria exclaimed that her grandfather would never create anything like the
Gremlin and that the Gremlin must have been a failed experiment.
After the Superfortress had taken off, the Vision soon arrived and ripped pieces of the Gremlin off of Steve Hoffman, freeing him from the Gremlin's control. As the Vision and the Gremlin battled atop the Superfortress, Victoria suggested that the Vision let the Gremlin assimilate him. The Vision did so and, once the Gremlin had entered him, he altered his density to that of quicksand. Without a hold on his circuits, the Gremlin could not move inside the Vision and was soon destroyed by the Vision's immune system. The Vision then took the Gremlin's discarded solar gem and destroyed it. Once Steve Hoffman revived and safely landed the Superfortress, the Vision thanked Victoria for her assistance. Victoria explained that it was just an idea and that perhaps she should really use her brain more often and make something good of it. The Vision acknowledged that he knew she could do it and explained that now that his memory cells had been repaired with the destruction of the Gremlin, he needed to return to his friends. Victoria asked him to stay in touch and that in some weird way, they were family. The Vision replied with a smile that he had family and made his leave.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2004 - Vision profile) - At some point after meeting the Vision, Victoria "adopted" him as an uncle.
Comments: Created by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Pimental.
Life and parties can't be helped if you go to Penn State: it's a ton of fun!
Victoria Anderson, has no known connections to
Dave, has no known connections to
Denny, has no known connections to
Tina, has no known connections to
Dave was a friend of Victoria's who joined her at a party. Victoria found him studying and poured beer all over his notes. He saw this a sign of flirtation and attempted to hit on her, only to anger her. He later returned, asking for a second chance, and unwittingly disrupted the holographic projection of Professor Horton. The Vision angrily frightened Dave and the other party guests into leaving.
--Avengers Icons: The Vision#3
Denny was a friend of Victoria's, who also went to Penn State. Victoria asked him if she could borrow his Engineering notes from yesterday and Friday because she had been really busy. He joined her in class as she fell asleep.
--Avengers Icons: The Vision#2
Tina was another of Victoria's friends from Penn State. She stopped to say hi to Victoria as she was rushing to her Engineering class.
--Avengers Icons: The Vision#2
Avengers Icons: The Vision#2
p18, pan2 (Victoria full body shot)
p18, pan4 (Tina and Denny pics)
p18, pan5 (Victoria headshot)
Avengers Icons: The Vision#3
p14, pan1 (Dave)
Avengers Icons: The Vision#2-3 (November, 2002-December, 2002) - Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Icons: The Vision#4 (January, 2003) - Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Joe Pimentel & Oclair Albert (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2004 (2004)
Last updated: 07/13/05
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