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Invincible #89 Review

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With Mark fighting the Scourge virus, someone else steps into his costume.

General Thragg looks over Mark as the Scourge virus attacks his body. Bulletproof steps in to help out Eve with one of Mark's clients.

The Good

We've seen a legacy costume be handed down to so many different characters in so many different books, and in this issue of Invincible, we get to see it too, except this time, it works extremely well. While Mark is fighting off the virus in quarantine, Eve notices that one of Invincible Inc's clients needs help, so Bulletproof puts on the costume to help out. He's not trying to become Invincible, but simply filling in and trying to help a friend out. Whether or not this is a permanent change is yet to be seen, but I have a good feeling Mark will be back. Bulletproof is a great choice for the fill in, by the way. He's a solid and great character who knows how to fight bad guys, even if he spent most of his time fighting on a team (Guardians of the Globe).

The team of Ryan Ottley (pencils), Cliff Rathburn (inks), and John Rauch (colors) as always kills it on this issue. The almost final two-page splash in this issue, featuring Bulletproof in Mark's costume, is amazing. This team has a great style and leads the way in contemporary comic book art style. This is how super-hero books should be drawn, especially when they get a bit gory. It's animated, yet grounded, and I love the heavier ink outlines, and the colors blend so well and really pop off the page.

Thragg is a character I love to hate. On the surface, he seems to be doing some good, but there's something incredibly sinister about him, especially after he finds out some important info about Mark and smashes an alien's head. It may build up to another epic fight...

The Bad

This issue wasn't as good as the last issue, especially with issue 88's startling conclusion. That's the only trouble I had with this issue, which I guess isn't a problem at all.

The Verdict

I love this series, and I'll say this for the 100th time, "This is my favorite super-hero book on the shelves." I really enjoyed this issue and the reason why Bulletproof got to put on Mark's costume. It makes perfect sense, and it doesn't feel forced. Once again, I love this art team, and I think they're leading the way for how super hero comics should be drawn. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of General Thragg because he's a character you love to hate and hate to love. Overall, I highly recommend this series because it's what super hero books should strive towards.

12 Comments
Posted by SadiaVicious

Agreed with everything here, Bulletproof helping Invincible do not seems forced at all and looks kinda cool.

Really hopes he gets better, this is my favorite super-hero comicbook and he is one of my favorite characters.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I'm so glad it is Bulletproof, it makes so much sense for it to be him and Mark will be back as seen in the future covers  

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am glad to hear this issue was good

Posted by mattydeNero

I enjoyed the rotund Viltrimite that was following Thragg around.

Posted by Darwin_nl

Ìf you think it can't get any better...

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I don't think BP is anywhere near as powerful as Mark, I wonder how he handles it 

Posted by Skaddix

I hate the word "forced".

Wonder what he is a match for.

Posted by The_Tree

This was such a great issue! I can't wait to see more of Bulletproof in the costume and Thragg's secret!

Posted by GLforHIRE

@spiderbat87: well in all the "what if the war happened on earth" flashes they show...all of the guardians get the floor mopped by thragg, but then again he also did it to mark and his dad so its hard to gauge power levels

Posted by Kallarkz

epic...just epic....

Posted by webling

I was so happy to read this issue and realize that it was Bulletproof in the costume. The solicits had made it sound as if a random dude was in Mark's costume, something like "what does Mark think of his replacement?" Also, it will be great to see how this will develop Bulletproof's character from the more-playboy-ish persona to someone that is more mature, because he'll have to get serious if he wants a piece of Mark's rogues gallery.

Posted by CookieVonBiscuit

I really can't be more excited about this series. I really enjoy Kirkman's work just in general but this particular title is really exciting for me. As far as I'm concerned, even the slow parts are worth reading with this title.