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This series just continues to consistently surprise me as well as improve upon itself. If you lived the Prime Video animated series, you should be reading the fantastically well done original comic book series by Robert Kirkman!
If you are reading this review then you must be familiar with Invincible and already know that this truly is the best super hero comic on the market. This story arc contains plenty of twists to keep the reader intrigue and introduces plot developments that will be critical to future story lines. If you havent read Invincible yet pick up the two Ultimate Collection hard covers and see what you are missing by not reading this great title.
The strongest volume since the third, and probably the strongest volume in the series thus far.
It's actually impressive how quickly Kirkman is able to build a compelling story arc. Issue #25 ends with a bombshell of a reveal and the momentum is carried all the way through to the closing pages of issue #30. I rarely spoiler tag anything anymore, but talking about this volume without doing so is impossible so...
This was pure fun. Brutal fun, at times, but that's part of the draw with Invincible. The scope of this comic continues to expand in interesting directions, and Ryan Ottley is absolutely killing it, with more than a few standout panels in this one. Looking forward to more.
This volume starts off with two interesting bangs. First, after everything Mark has seen and done since becoming a superhero, I find it absolutely hilarious that a cartoon character come to life does him in. Second, a shocking reunion takes a surprising turn. Once again, Kirkman steps outside traditional storyline expectations to create emotional depth.
I had a great time with this epic adventure on another planet, especially since the graphic novel medium allows writers to bring such an alien planet to life. I also appreciate that, with this particular adventure, Mark stuck to his (metaphorical) guns to do what he thought was right, rather than letting himself be fully manipulated by the government.
Back on Earth, of course, the usual subplots hum along. What is Robot up to??
And finally, perhaps my getting tired of Amber isn't my failing as a reader after all. This entire volume set up the ending perfectly, as Mark's experience on an alien planet gives him a new perspective on the future of his relationship with his girlfriend.
This is a magnificent trade paperback collecting issues 25 - 30 of Robert Kirkman's Invincible, with a few extras included, such as pencil sketches of selected panels and splash pages, along with commentary by the author and artist. In these collected issues we see Mark Grayson flying off into space to save a race of insect-like aliens from extermination. This leads to Mark being reunited with a certain someone who was last seen flying off into space after beating Mark into a bloody pulp. Eventually the Viltrumites arrive, and what follows is the bloodiest (and best) super-brawl I 've seen in ages. Sure, the action's there, but what makes Incincible so appealing to a wide variety of readers is also the non-stop drama that Kirkman specializes in (see Walking Dead if you don't believe me). While Mark is off saving a planet, his family and friends deal with his absence and a few menaces plaguing the earth to boot. Character development is strong and Mark's girlfriend Amber is being fleshed out by Kirkman as more scenes are being devoted to her and how she deals with her life as the girlfriend of a superhero. Kirkman also introduces an interesting new element into the story in the form of a little 'surprise' from Mark's dad, but I don't want to ruin anything for you. Read the book and find out. It's a humdinger!