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Invincible is growing up
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2008
Another nice installment in this high-calibre comic book... In this volume covering issues 42-47 of Robert Kirkman's "Invincible" series, our hero finds himself bored with school and ready to ditch his secret identity in favor of an all-out life as a government agent/superhero. He's also in a funk about his lovelife -- he and his civilian girlfriend just broke up, but surprisingly he's also not sure if he wants to go out with the super-gal known as Atom Eve. Mark's life is in a bit of a holding pattern, even though emissaries from various outer space factions keep zooming down to Earth to get his attention, gearing up for a big space war with the mighty Viltrumite empire. Meanwhile, Mark is growing up -- assessing his life, confidently setting boundaries with others, and trying to figure out what his next steps will be.
Some readers (see other Amazon reviews) found this particular volume to be boring, complaining that Kirkman is treading water... I'm not so sure I agree. As with other "Invincible" volumes, I found it very readable and entertaining -- the conversational tone of the dialogue is still very appealing, and the pacing and artwork just keep getting better. Also, contrary to the impression you might get from other reviews, there *is* action in this book, although the nature of the fighting is more plot-oriented, basically sizing up how powerful the various opponents are, and introducing the possibility that Mark can beef up his own powers if he starts to work out some more. How strong can he get? We'll find out when the big battle really gets underway... and when it does, I have a feeling it will be a real doozy, on the same scale as the epic brawl between Mark and his father, when the series began. I liked reading this slower-paced interlude, and I look forward to reading it again, when the time comes to re-read the series from start to finish. Definitely worth picking this one up! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)