Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Invincible #88 - Review


Mark is at his wit's end as he tries to stop Allen the Alien, his brother Oliver, and Thragg from destroying all life on Earth – either through war or through a powerful virus. As the Guardians of the Globe show up to make things worse, a shocking turn puts Mark in danger and hints toward the big shake up that Image has been promising us in the Invincible universe.

Kirkman’s writing never ceases to amaze me in this title. I’m not sure what it’s like on The Walking Dead ongoing series, but in Invincible he’s constantly turning the laws of superhero comics on their heads and delivers plot points and characters that make me wish I had the next issue in my hands. The progress and maturity of Mark as a person with otherworldly powers makes so much sense that I’m surprised that no one has ever done it before. He’s really shaping up to be a person that is both human in his mistakes and noble in the choices he decides to make.

The art by Ryan Ottley in this issue is just as stellar as ever. Ottley has progressively gotten better and better with each issue of this series and it really shows. The power and character behind every panel bleeds through the gutters and off the page. There really isn’t anything you could nit-pick over or say doesn’t work in this book. The layouts are clean cut, the action scenes are dynamic, and the close-ups are emotional and resonate with the reader.

Invincible continues to be one of the best Image Comics titles and one of the best superhero stories in the genre. This issue gets a 5/5.

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