Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Invincible #100 - Review

“The Death of Everyone” story arc comes to a close in this giant-size issue of Invincible from Image Comics. Issue #99 left readers on a big cliffhanger, and this story picks up right where the last chapter left off. The opening splash page is definitely something you don’t want to miss if you’re an Invincible fan, and this new issue sets up the premise for the next story arc.

The writing by Robert Kirkman in this series has always been strong, and that continues with this issue. It’s been years since Mark Grayson first stepped off his roof and began flying, but Kirkman has managed to keep readers interested for 100 months. Aside from this being a great story, it’s a wonderful achievement for a comic book creator to have an original property reach that level of publication. Kirkman was able to do that with both The Walking Dead and Invincible, and it’s astounding.

The artwork by Ryan Ottley and John Rauch delivers all of the emotion, action, and gore that come with an issue of this series. There were a few particular moments (which I’m not going to spoil for ANYONE) where the distress on people’s faces was so powerful that they came off the page.

Invincible is a series that deserves serious attention, because it’s a superhero genre story that both dissects the genre and celebrates it at the same time. Kirkman explores all of the tropes and popular character stereotypes, but puts his own fun spin and style into the heroes and villains. Even though Mark Grayson isn’t one of Marvel or DC’s characters, he still has a legacy, which is hard to pull off when you’re wearing tights at a different publisher.

Issue #100 isn’t a jumping on point, so if you were new to this story I would start at least a few collected trades back. If you love the idea and concept of superheroes, but are looking for a different take, this title is for you. This issue for long-time readers provides another looking-glass moment for heroes and villains that’s been building up between two characters in the Kirkman-verse.