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Invincible #109 Review

5

Invincible turns lemons into other-dimensional lemonade in the universe he was left stranded in. And one of the greatest characters in all of comics makes his return. No, not Battle Beast.

The Good

Last issue will go down in history as one of the greatest twists in comic books. That’s a bold prediction, but when you’re 108 issues into the same character with the same writer and you’re STILL able to pull out a twist like THAT? That means more than just crafting an amazing moments, it means architecting it up through the years. Even if that precise thing wasn’t planned from the start, it was still led perfectly into. So how does issue 109 stack up? Admirably, would be the word that best describes it. Invincible has been stranded in the dimension of one of his imperialistic “others” with seemingly no way to return to his own dimension. Fortunately, he’s able to easily physically pass for the Emperor and enlists the help of THIS Dimension’s Robot, the greatest genius he can think of. But they can’t do it alone, so we get the return, even if it is in another dimension, of THE MAULER TWINS!...well only one, actually, but I’m still thrilled to see him. Robert Kirkman actually spends some time in this universe, establishing what it MIGHT have been like if Invincible had taken up his father’s wish to conquer Earth together (though Nolan isn’t anywhere to be found…) and this is actually something of a first. Though the book has often dealt with dimension-hopping, the only ones we’ve spent any real time in have been either desolate and devoid of life, or a cross-over with Spider-Man (I CANNOT emphasize enough that that actually happened. Canonically). It’s interesting not only to see other major characters in the book react so strongly to Mark, but to see part two of their plan and I actually wonder if we’ll ever return to this dimension because...well, that’s how Kirkman rolls. He sets up, he pays off YEARS down the line.

Ryan Ottley on pencils, Cliff Rathburn on inks and John Rauch on colors all know what they’re doing at this point. They likely dream in exaggerated, vivacious character designs that explode out of their dreams and onto the page and from the page back into OUR minds, and then into OUR dreams and THEN- oh no, it’s three days later...I guess what I’m trying to say is it would be easy for them to have started coasting, but every page of this book is incredible to behold. There were pages that I wished I had 3D glasses for, they were THAT detailed and absorbing. The layout is perfectly clear, the inks emphasize the little details and the color brings it all to life, what more can I say?

The Bad

UPDATE/CORRECTION! Ryan Ottley has informed me that Grayson tore out his own hair, but due to his impervious skin, there was no blood as a result.

How does Mark cut his hair so quickly? When Thragg comes to check on him, he uses his super speed to change into his doppelgangers clothes, but he’s also shaved his hair down to a mohawk. Setting aside the Superman quandry of having super strong hair, there likely wasn’t a shaver in that lab. I led with the far, far more nitpicky one, because the next one is SLIGHTLY spoilerish.

Mark escapes this dimension in this very issue thanks to Robot, but I would’ve liked to see how this dystopian dimension stacked up to the “main” Invincible one. The few differences we see, one IN PARTICULAR near the end, are absolutely amazing and very, very intriguing, so I’m curious what else was different.

The Verdict

The Best Superhero Comic in the Universe! I don’t know how long that’s been the tagline for this book, but it’s been real, real accurate, especially lately. This most recent arc feels like it’s building toward something incredible and I am absolutely sold on taking that journey. I truly cannot wait for next issue, nor the issue after THAT that's teased on the back cover of this book.

18 Comments
Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

I want to like Invincible; it's too bad Robert Kirkman is such a massive dick.

Edited by orionbolt

It was shocking that they covered so much time in this issue. Didn't expect that at all. Yet again I cant wait another month to see what happens next. Also Monster baby. And another thing. I think that was Kregg that checked on Invincible in the issue.

Posted by Onemoreposter

@undeadpool You're spoiler block in "The Good" section isn't working.

Still waiting on the next trade for this series :( Looks good tho!

Posted by tomlikesfries

Some odd pacing in this issue. They covered entire months in half a comic, but a really good issue nonetheless.

Also, @undeadpool, I'd recommend removing the link from The Mauler Twins, because it doesn't work with the spoiler block. Good review, as usual.

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Posted by w0nd

I want to like Invincible; it's too bad Robert Kirkman is such a massive dick.

I dont know much about him. Why the hate?

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Posted by sho3s22

Easily the best comic on the shelves. I don't know how The Walking Dead has a show and this series doesn't. Yes I'm making THAT bold of a statement.

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

@sho3s22, I could see Invincible as a cartoon but not in live action. If Invincible was adapted as a cartoon on HBO in the same manner as Spawn was I bet it would be a hit. Just slapping "from the creator of The Walking Dead" onto stuff probably guarantees a sale.

@w0nd: I've seen Kirkman at a live panel and I thought the guy was hilarious. He is critical of Marvel and DC but considering his position at Image it's not surprising he wants to push the comic industry in a different direction than where Marvel and DC are steering it.

Posted by dondave

@undeadpool It was Kregg rather than Thragg that went to check up on Mark

Posted by Black_Arrow

So Amanda could potentially be the strongest guardian of the universe

Posted by Black_Arrow

I really hope that this Robot doesn't try to conquer earth

Posted by TheAcidSkull

I really hope that this Robot doesn't try to conquer earth

A bit late for that don't you think?

Posted by SavageDragon

This was holy shit

Posted by Black_Arrow

@black_arrow said:

I really hope that this Robot doesn't try to conquer earth

A bit late for that don't you think?

Well I meant like an EVIL emperor if it is a good one I am ok.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

O_O

I NEED THE NEXT ISSUE NOW

Posted by TheAcidSkull

O_O

I NEED THE NEXT ISSUE NOW

I know how you feel. F*ck this is getting exciting!

Edited by Vitality

I admit...I have missed a lot of Invincible lately. One thing I want to know is...since Kirkman rarely leaves any stone unturned...is what happened/or will happen with the Invincible that was left in the dimension that he followed Angstrom Levy to the very first time.

When the Guardians from the future showed up and saved him. They commented on the Invincible of their time, saying "he was lost to us".