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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Volume 8 (Invincible Ultimate Collection, 8) Hardcover – Illustrated, May 7, 2013
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- Collects issues #85-96 of the greatest super hero comic in the universe! In the aftermath of the Viltrumite War, friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and Mark Grayson’s future as Invincible ends here!
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- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607066807
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607066804
- Reading age : 13 - 16 years
- Item Weight : 2.63 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meanwhile we learn what happened to Robot and Monster Girl during their time in another dimension.
Oh and we get a new Invincible too!
I've said before Invincible is the best superhero comic of the 2000s and 2010s and it still holds true. Kirkman manages to tell a classic superhero story while avoiding cliches and including just enough realism to add power to the story but not so much that the whole structure collapses.
I picked this up one lazy morning thinking I'd read the first story. Two hours later I'd finished the whole book and not put it down once.
It's really good.
Kirkman has built up his own sprawling family of characters and comics but manages to quickly bring them in and recap so I never feel lost when someone like Bulletproof or the Brit wanders in.
The art by Ryan Ottley remains colorful and clear but with expressive faces and powerful action. He's a bit too fond of 2 page spreads, even when nothing calls for it, but I can live with that flaw. Invincible co-creator Cory Walker also returns to illustrate an on-going subplot and does a great job.
So yeah, pick this up, if you've not read Invincible go get volume 1 and start there, it's been a very strong series from day 1.
In volume 8, we're essentially treated to 3 main stories. The first two issues involve Nolan and Oliver back on Telescria and are drawn by Walker. Those two issues lead directly into the second main story in which Allen the Alien makes a fateful decision concerning the remaining Viltrumites left on Earth, and the results prove tragic and life altering for our hero Mark. Deprived of his powers, a new hero assumes the mantle of Invincible from Mark, but this one hides some dark and terrifying secrets. The third story is split between Ottley drawing the Earth sequences while Walker draws the sequences of Robot and Monster girl in the Flaxan dimension, and involves an immensely entertaining tale of what exactly transpired between the two while they were "exiled" in that dimension for several months. As usual, nearly every chapter provides an almost perfect balance of humor, action, sensuality, pathos and adventure.
In the process, the team produces some of the best, most entertaining science fiction superhero stories being published today. The stories have a vitality and energy that is unmistakable, and the art in this book is just gorgeous to look at. The colors are amazing. The characters are well developed and incredibly likeable, and the series has lost none of its unpredictability. Perhaps my one minor gripe is that, as the book has gotten to be about larger themes, and the action has become more and more relentless, the later volumes of Invincible have lost some of the element of Mark as a teenager growing up with powers while dealing with the every day challenges of life. This was one of the more successful and enjoyable aspects of volumes 2&3 especially, but to be honest, Invincible has been moving on to other things ever since Mark quit college to focus on superheroics full time. It's a very minor complaint that frankly, shouldn't be taken to mean any dissatisfaction with the series at all. It's merely an observation that, as the series has progressed, it has morphed into more than a story about a boy with special abilities trying to grow up. Ironically, it's also a compliment about the incredibly exciting pace of the storytelling. There's so much happening in every issue, and the series is so compelling with its large cast of characters and constant intrigue, that its breathtaking. Kirkman also continues to make Invincible a book about responsibility, and the moral weight of being a "superhero" which gives the series a level of gravitas, despite its fantastic elements. Creatively, Invincible is also Kirkman's strongest work as well, far surpassing his other genre defining efforts in the Walking Dead.
The volume itself is precisely the same quality as previous volumes in the series. With oversized quality pages, nice hardcovers and great dust jackets, these volumes are fantastic value for money, specially at the Amazon price. As usual, the volume also contains loads of "DVD like extras" at the back, with a sketch and commentary section with the three main creators, showing off the process for creating certain pages, characters, and designs, etc. The commentary sections involve quite a bit of backslapping and inner circle praise, but all of it is done with tongue firmly planted in cheek and for the sake of fun. I can't recommend this book enough. This is just great comics!
Absolutely love the art and atmosphere of this book and even though these come out every 6 months or once a year, it's totally worth it. Looks great on a bookshelf, oversized, no ad's, I can barely put them down when I get them. And even not reading this title for 6-7 months it;s always nice to pick it back up and get a feeling of nostalgia, and people that you feel you've come to know through reading the title.
Highly recommended to add to your list and library.
If you've got volumes 1-7, then you need to keep true and read volume 8! If you don't have volumes 1-7, then start at volume 1 and thank me later!
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En l'occurrence, ce sont les magazines #85-96 de la série et ses TPB ' Invincible 16: Family Ties ' et ' Invincible 17: What's Happening ' qui sont du lot.
Invincible est un jeune garçon de nationalité américaine, auxquels ses grands pouvoirs hérités du patrimoine génétique de son papa viltrumite (une espèce humanoïde alien) donnent de grandes responsabilités, assumées plus ou moins sous le contrôle d'une agence secrète étatsunienne et de sa copine Eve, qui a aussi des super-pouvoirs et a créé une société.
Invincible, c'est la meilleure série de super-héros consacrée à un adolescent en dehors d'Amazing Spider-Man, et peut-être plus précisément "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man".
Comme en France la publication en albums d'Invincible s'est longtemps interrompue avant de reprendre tout récemment (cf. ' Invincible, Tome 9 : Changement de rythme ! ') (1) et que certaines recherches peuvent malgré tout mener des lecteurs vers mon commentaire, je vais éviter les spoilers.
Dans la précédente "collection ultime", la Guerre Viltrumite s'est achevée et la question se pose maintenant de savoir quoi faire des quelques survivants de cette terrible engeance. S'en suit un débat philosophico-diplomatique qui va partager le clan des vainqueurs. Et le partage laisse des traces.
L'autre arc concerne une Guerre Flaxan. Les extra-terrestres flaxans, déjà vus dans la série, sont de retour pour une invasion en règle (qui commence à Londres), au grand étonnement de certains amis d'Invincible, et il faut l'alliance de tout le "Kirkmanworld" (sauf, Dieu merci, les zombies) pour faire face.
Dans la série Invincible, les couples se font et se défont, les familles connaissent des bagarres parfois violentes, les alliances et amitiés varient, il faut parfois plus se méfier des "bons" que des "villains" et les victoires sont fréquemment... "à la Pyrrhus". Ceci se vérifie tout particulièrement dans ce recueil.
Les dessinateurs Ryan Ottley et le revenant Cory Walker (co-créateur) alternent leurs interventions en rivalisant de dynamisme, de combats sanguinolents et de pages ou doubles pages à la Kirby. L'encreur Rathburn vient épauler tandis que le coloriste peaufine le tout.
Cet bel ajout à la collection ultime garantit de nombreuses heures de lecture agréable.
(1) Maintenant, à quand le tome 2 de l'intégrale de Dragon Sauvage ?