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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 260

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the turning point in Robert Kirkman’s Invincible…

By Invincible #7, we have been introduced both to Invincible, but also to Invincible’s father, Omni-Man. Omni-Man is basically this universe’s Superman – the best and the strongest superhero on Earth who came to this planet from another world. As the series begins, Omni-Man’s son, Mark, also has superpowers due to his father being an alien. With the blessing of his father, Mark becomes a new superhero, Invincible.

He has a few interesting adventures, and the relationship between he and his father is cute. Here’s a scene with the two from Invincible #3…

Anyhow, his father is a member of the Guardians of the Globe, an analogue for the Justice League of America.

In Invincible #7 (written by Kirkman and mostly drawn by series co-creator Cory Walker, who left the book after this issue), we meet the Guardians (each Guardians introductory sequence is drawn by a different artist) and then they all come together (click on the double-page spread to enlarge it)…

Talk about a turning point!

Maybe tomorrow we can see what happens when Mark realizes what his dad is up to!

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Brain, who was the final guy was killed an analogue of? The others are pretty obvious, but I’m not sure about the bearded guy.

Looked like Orion to me.

I was wondering about the bearded guy too.

He’s the only one not an analogue for an established Justice Leaguer. He’s called The Immortal. He showed up in an earlier issue of the series (the only one who debuted before this issue).

This is where “Invincible” went from the fun look at Superboy to a Grade A cape book. Of all the “What-if Superman was a bad-guy” books, Invincible is still my favorite.

I’d heard about this moment in this series, but have never read it – thanks Brian. I’m worried though that like Preacher and Morrison JLA, I’m going to end up wanting to buy all the trades for this. Unfortunately, as much as I love AYOCCBM, it’s beginning to have significant financial impact!

The Immortal broadly fills the Superman role in the Guardians. (Omni-Man was never a member, just an associate.) He was also the only one Kirkman intended to keep around, so he fleshed him out a bit more than the others.

The others are, for the interested, Darkwing, War Woman, Red Rush, Green Ghost, Aquarus, and Martian Man.

I always thought The Immortal was an homage to Vandal Savage.

Wow! No one’s complained how bloody that this was. There are many who complain about the way that DC has gotten darker & more on-screen violent [and they have] but so far no one’s said anything about how bloody this was?
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It’s not really to my taste but there’s a difference between one creator doing that in his own comic versus an apparent line-wide decision to make every comic a grim slaughterfest.

this was a great moment. almost on a par with the wilder reveal in runaways, except marginally less shocking.

Wow! No one’s complained how bloody that this was. There are many who complain about the way that DC has gotten darker & more on-screen violent [and they have] but so far no one’s said anything about how bloody this was?

People tend not to complain as much when it’s the creator’s own sandbox. It’s when it changes to the company-wide sandbox of 40-70 year old characters that people begin to object.

cool moment of the series for love how the invisible verison of aquaman looks like a true fish man and also batman and wonder woman look like themselves . cool series

Didn’t The Immortal also turn out to have actually been Abe Lincoln?

Yes he did.

I should clarify, though, that he was around long before he was Abe Lincoln.

I always figured The Immortal to be the Capt. Marvel/Shazam role considering he was the person on the team who might have been able to go toe-to-toe with Omni-man.

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