Monday, December 5, 2011

Invincible: Compendium One - Review


This massive trade paperback of Invincible, created by Robert Kirkman, was released by Image Comics and complies the first nine trade paperback's worth of the incredible series. It follows the story of Mark Grayson, a teenager who has finally matured into his superpowers from his father Omni-Man. On the surface Omni-Man seems like the lovable Superman character and Mark is destined to become his successor. As Mark develops his own identity as the hero Invincible, he starts to discover that his father has ulterior motives, and that the world of superheroism isn't as black and white as he'd like it to be.

I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this giant tome of comic book lore. It tells an incredible story while at the same time spoofing or lampooning some of the comic book's biggest characters and plot cliches. What starts as a light-hearted romp of superhero antics soon turns into a blood bath of betrayal, violence, and harsh reality hitting young wide-eyed dreamers.

There really isn't much to say since this story has been around for years, but as a collected volume it starts out with a bang and doesn't let you go until the end. I'm going to give this collection a 4.5/5. I would have given it a perfect 5/5, but it is a little daunting to carry around. I suppose a tablet/digital version would have been a little more economical, but I do enjoy seeing it on my shelf.

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