Book two of Robert
Kirkman's Invincible is considerably darker than the previous
instalment as the world around Mark Grayson (aka Invincible) becomes
tainted with the Golden Age of heroics falling down around him. The
book opens up with a wonderful segment where we see Invincible
fighting a one-eyed alien from another planet.
This alien has come to Earth to make
sure that i's current champion (hero) is suitable to be its
protector, however Mark does the unthinkable... he actually decides
to have a chat to this alien as opposed to fighting him. In a
comedic turn of events, this alien called Allen is actually at the
wrong planet and its moments like these that make Invincible such a
joy to read.
As the stories progress, we learn that Mark's father is part of a
Justice League type clone (Guardians of the Globe) and like the
Watchman, these heroes are dying one by one. Without spoiling the
cliff hanger at the end, let's just say, the "killer" was not
expected. Needless to say, Kirkman continues to write gold with
Invincible and there's plenty of drama, action and comedy thrown
into the mix. I love it at how down to Earth the character is and
also the characters around Mark like his friend who realises that he
is actually a superhero.
Another memorable moment is when his
parents are bumping uglies and when Mark returns home early, his
father (also a hero), dresses both he and wife at super speed but
Mark realises that her dress is on backwards. Another fun moment is
Invincible giving his friend a ride as they fly around with Mark
saying a word that sums it up perfectly... gay. It's classic
compliment the work of Kirkman, this literally genius is joined by
Walker, Ottley, Crabtree who help make up the amazing Invincible
with its quirky artwork. The artwork may not be as refined as
mainstream comics but it has a charm to it, much like Invincible.
The only drawback is that this volume is only four issues which
collects Invincible issues five to eight. It's quite a short read!
Even so, this is definitely a book for
those who have had enough of mainstream comics. Check it out!