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Invincible #100 - The Death of Everyone, Part Three of Three Review

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It's the conclusion of "The Death of Everyone!"

Warning: There is a lot of stuff happening in this issue and it's pretty hard to talk about it without going over some minor spoilers. Bigger spoilers will be blacked out, if needed. This is your warning.

The Good

INVINCIBLE 100 is the most insane comic I've read this year. From the looks of issue 99, it seems Dinosaurus had Mark just where he wanted him. People are dying all across the world from the flooding Dinosaurus created. The world of INVINCIBLE is in disarray. How will they fix it?

From the opening page, your jaw will be dropped as Dinosaurus crushes Mark's head, killing him. And that's just the start to this issue. While the heroes try to save the city and the world struggles with Mark's death, which was broadcasted on television, this issue is really about redemption and realizing what type of person you truly are. The majority of the issue deals with the predicament Mark is in and how Dinosaurus' intentions may be for the better good, but the road there was the wrong one to take.

I didn't expect this issue to be anything like this. It's issue 100, and I expected an epic battle with a thrilling conclusion, and what I got was an incredible discussion about the betterment of human kind through different actions. It's like a battle of morality here, and it was brilliant. Writer Robert Kirkman does an amazing work with dialogue here as we discover how Mark truly feels about himself as a hero. This whole scene ends with an incredibly sad moment that happens off-panel, and while normally, I hate off-panel moments, this one works perfectly and feels right.

I normally complain about how I hate the idea of "going back to normalcy" after a large event. This is an idea that INVINCIBLE 100 explores and tries to accomplish, and it works because while this world tries to get back on track to the days when Mark was working for Stedman there's no way "normal" will ever exist again, and this is the type of book that will convey that in future issues.

Ryan Ottley's art, as it is with every issue of this book, is phenomenal. And while it's awesome, Cliff Rathburn's inks and John Rauch's colors bring this book to life. The inking is subtle and natural. It's the perfect enhancement to the pencils and a brilliant compliment. John Rauch's best coloring work, in my opinion, comes when he's putting color into blood. He gets the lighters and darker tones perfectly (not that I'm an expert on blood or anything). This art team is fantastic, and there's some great splash pages here, including that stunning opening scene.

The Bad

My main problem with this was I couldn't tell the time frame in which this whole issue takes place? Is it over a day, a month, numerous months? Here's the thing, at the end of the issue, Eve is pretty distraught about the events that took place on television. It's like they just happened and she just witnessed it. On the other side of things, Rex had time to build two, gigantic, moon-like satellites to fix the mess Dinosaurus created, and there's no way he could have created something of that magnitude in a day or a week, unless I'm underestimating his powers. Unless I missed something, I'm a bit confused.

The Verdict

INVINCIBLE 100 is an amazing read, but not for the reasons a milestone issue is usually great. It explores this world and its characters on a deeper level after a world changing event. While this story was fantastic, I think the road ahead will be even better as we see how these characters adjust to the changes here. What really makes this such a great issue is the dialogue Mark has during his time in this dark place as he reevaluates what it means to be a hero and they choices heroes have to make.

As always, the art here is fantastic, and you'll be treated to a lot of great storytelling through the art and fantastic splash pages. This is one of the best art teams working today.

Overall, INVINCIBLE 100 is a phenomenal issue and a must buy.

19 Comments
Posted by RedQueen

Sounds great :D Will be picking this up today. (So I didn't read spoilers- which truly pushed my will power to its limit)

Posted by cyberchop979

@RedQueen said:

Sounds great :D Will be picking this up today. (So I didn't read spoilers- which truly pushed my will power to its limit)

Good thing you didn't. It would totally ruin the story for you. I don't read Invincible so I don't mind the spoilery stuff.

Posted by inferiorego

While there are spoiler tags there, I leave out some HUGE elements of the story for a reason. Read it. Just read it.

Edited by Mucklefluga

Mine will come Friday (if my pre-order people are cool), can't wait to read it aaarrgghh.

I bet Mark will die, i bet you i bet you i bet you.

Posted by RedQueen

@Mucklefluga said:

Mine will come Friday (if my pre-order people are cool), can't wait to read it aaarrgghh.

I bet Mark will die, i bet you i bet you i bet you.

That's my bet too. If only I can just drag my cursor along the spoiler blocks....

*Must.... resist*

Posted by Mucklefluga

@RedQueen said:

@Mucklefluga said:

Mine will come Friday (if my pre-order people are cool), can't wait to read it aaarrgghh.

I bet Mark will die, i bet you i bet you i bet you.

That's my bet too. If only I can just drag my cursor along the spoiler blocks....

*Must.... resist*

That's exactly how i'm feeling too. I just type in Invincible on the site and see his page. Then have a quick look to see if he is dead. After last issue tho, it seems likely.

So so tempting.

Posted by Mucklefluga

DON'T look at CBR's review of INVINCIBLE 100 if you don't want to be spoiled!! I just looked and they spoil what happens! They don't even warn you! Never visiting that site ever again.

Posted by frankcmu

@Mucklefluga: It was hard but I stayed away from that preview like crazy so thankful I did :D

Posted by Gambit1024

Excellent issue.

But on that last page, I literally said aloud "again?" lol.

Edited by Onemoreposter

@Gambit1024 said:

Excellent issue.

But on that last page, I literally said aloud "again?" lol.

lol yeah.

I was pretty disappointed with this. The death of everyone ended up being the

I didn't think dinosaraus's actions in this issue seemed in line with his characterization at all. Most disappointing of all though was that this had nothing to do with

And

Marks going back to work for Cecil? Why the heck wouldn't he just have blamed everything on the clone? Certainly that's what I would have done. And why did Cecil teleport to Dinosaraus's hideout by himself when for all he knew, Dino was still alive and could have ripped him to shreds. Can you say plot hole?

Oh well, idk, i might not pick this up for a months now. Maybe I'll come back in July and see if we've gotten a change in quality which i've felt has been a bit bellow par for that last 10 issues or so.

Posted by SavageDragon

This was awesome. Elfring covered all of it, this issue was sick. That first 4 pages were

AMAZING.

The art was truly phenomenal. I got this cover because its sooo cool.

Great great issue. 5/5 for me.

Posted by bookerman20

This was awesome!!!!! Favorite comic this week....

Edited by Alrak

@Gambit1024 said:

Excellent issue.

But on that last page, I literally said aloud "again?" lol.

I'm betting this time it involves bulletproof because I saw issue 101's cover.

Posted by BigRed125

@Alrak: Yeah, I saw that and I had that sinking feeling. Hope that's not the case for Mark's case

Posted by SmashBrawler

This issue was just brilliant. Everything I had hoped for and more.

Posted by entee

I know exactly which off-panel moment you meant, it was perfect!

Posted by Agent_Prince

This issue is part retcon, part retread of previous issues. Disappointing.

Posted by Zoch81

Awesome issue I enjoyed it looking forward to the next one

Posted by Judge_Dredd

Glorious stuff, one of the best series around