Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Invincible - the comic!

Invincible was created by Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies) and Cory Walker. Cory Walker was the artist on the first seven issues, but is still involved with the title on a design / consultant basis, with Ryan Ottley joining Kirkman as the Invincible artist since issue #8 (the title is on issue #42 presently). Ryan Ottley hasn't missed a beat since he became the Invincible artist and his style was an easy transition from Cory Walker's. There's eight trade paperbacks collecting Invincible with each volume titled after tv shows from yesteryear, such as Three's Company, Perfect Strangers, and Head of the Class.

I just finished reading Invincible volume 5 The Facts of Life and this is a refreshing super hero book, with great characters, humor (although when it gets dark, it's fairly dark, but without leaving a tone to the series that is just grim and gritty), and actual plot and character progressions. There's quite a twist that happens, but I'm not going to say what that is or when it happens because it's best discovered while reading (and I feel a little bad about just mentioning a twist because now people who haven't read Invincible will be looking for it and trying to guess - but I think mentioning this lets people know that there's something else going on in Invincible and it's not just a standard super hero book). I like the names of some of the other super heroes that Invincible works with from time to time such as Dupli-Kate, Rex Splode, and Atom Eve. Invincible reminds me of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's run on Amazing Spider-Man (#1-#38).


aaron s. said...

That twist was pretty impressive. I have alot of love for all the other super heroes in Invincible's world as well. My personal favorite is probably Damien Darkblood,Demon Detective. Not so much for anything he's actually done in the book, but more because he has such a fun name. The book does get dark from time to time, but overall its such a fun series that its hard not to like Invincible.

Todd C. Murry said...

Invincible is a lot like Ultimate Spider-Man - pleasing superhero adventure with a non-strenuous feel that really stands out when you are first reading it, but which suffers from the way it's individual arcs don't elbow to the front. The lack of a "hot" feel (in the nerrative heat not the marketing heat sense) makes the long time reader get a little sleepy though, especially since the big difference between this and ASM 1-38 is the the average story per issue (i.e. Invincible is more decompressed).

That said, I'm a fan, and I actually like the fact that the number of words per issue is so high (the issues read real breezy-like, but just pick up an issue and look at the word baloons... they're packed!).

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/18/18 - Life of Captain Marvel, Magic Order #2 (we still have #1 too!), conclusion of Infinity Countdown, Justice League edition!

 Hope all of my friends going to the San Diego Comic-Con this week have a GREAT time!