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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 145

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at an odd series of Invincible issues, in that it is a six-issue arc, but it takes place in two separate trades, so it is Invincible Vol. 2: Eight is Enough AND Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers, but not all of both of those trades – so we’re looking at Invincible #7-12, with art by Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley and a whole mess of guest artists on one of the issues – all written by Robert Kirkman.


Okay, so Invincible #1-6 told the story of Mark Grayson, a teenager who discovers that he has inherited superpowers from his father, who is Omni-Man, likely the most famous and most powerful superhero on Earth (think Superman). So Mark gets a costume and a codename (Invincible, natch) and fights crime for the next few issues.

It was a strong comic book – interesting supporting characters (the other young heroes that Mark ends up teaming up with, including Atom Eve and Rex Splode) and fun superhero adventure stories with awesome artwork by Cory Walker.

Well, with issue #7, Cory Walker was on his way out and Ryan Ottley was stepping into the role of the book’s artist (and Ottley is still there years later, doing an awesome job himself) and the issue was a spotlight on the Guardians of the Globe, the premier superhero team in the Invincible universe.

A series of guest-artists accompanied Walker on his final issue, introducing us to the members of the Guardians, who were mostly Justice League riffs, like Batman…

Wonder Woman….

Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern…

plus an original character that Kirkman and Walker had featured in Invincible before – the Immortal. But when they all gathered together at their headquarters, they learned that it was a trap and, well, the following happened…

and yep, that is Omni-man, Invincible’s father!!

What a twist to send Walker out on!

The next few issues had that scene hovering over the book like a dangling scythe, as Omni-Man kept trying to find the right time to tell his son something (what, we didn’t know)…like in #9…

and early in issue #10…

but finally, when the Immortal was revived in Invincible #10 (he IS Immortal, after all), he sought his revenge and the time to talk was sort of forced on Omni-Man…

The next issue had Omni-Man explain to Mark that he was sent by his alien planet to prime Earth for invasion by his race of conquering aliens. He said that Mark, as his half-alien son, should join him. Mark differed on this position…

This set up the brilliant Invincible #12, where the two have a fight that goes about as well as you would imagine, say, Superboy taking on Superman.

But I won’t spoil it for you here (although, yes, alert fans can find the fight elsewhere on this here blog) – go get these stories! There is a hardcover collecting the first 12 issues. Go get it!


Captain Doctor Master

May 26, 2010 at 6:10 am

I’d probably enjoy the story, but the art keeps me away. Yick.

Really? I really like the art.

It’s too bad you skipped the fish-man scene when they’re paging all the heroes. It’s one of my favorite ‘Aquaman sucks’ jokes I’ve seen with him just sitting around while all the other heroes are busy.

This is definitely a cool comic moment though.

Forgot to add:
except sometimes the backgrounds are a little bland.

The first hardcover has 13 issues and a lot of cool extras.
I love Invincible.

Being a bit nit picky here, but Mark had known his father was Omni-man since he was a little kid. When his powers show up it’s not a suprise, just a reason to get excited (woot, I finally have powers too).

Nah, that’s a fine point, Seth. Fixed it.

I think the thing I love most about this arc (aside from the Aquaman gag that Ryan mentioned) is how the art in the scenes of Omni-Man telling Mark the truth about the Viltrumites mirrors the story he told the first time.

Captain doctor master, there is definitely something wrong with you. Ryan ottley is the greatest artist of all time, and Cory walker is great too.

Anyways, invincible is amazing, and everyone should pick it up. If you haven’t read the book you should probably skip this AYCC article because I know that when I read this… It was a total HOLY $#*% moment. Amazing.

Oh and for cpt doc, check out Ryan ottley now, his work was great then but now he is a god.

You left out the pages with the actual fight, and while I understand and appreciate the desire not to spoil people, the sheer brutality of Omni-Man whaling on his son while talking about how his mother was little more than a pet to him really sold me on how intense this series could get.

Astonishing Wolf-Man has a similar twist early on, where the character’s life plummets downhill in only a few issues. Kirkman likes making his characters suffer. :)

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May 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

I got the Invincible Library vol1 at Christmas and it was sweet.
Now I have to wait forever till they finally release volume 2. :(

This is still one of my favourite superhero comics of the last decade. While i don’t pick it up as a “monthly”, as soon as a new trade comes out i’m all over it like Tibbles and catnip.

That fight – and the preceding 11 issues – cemented me onto this book.

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Bloody bare-knuckle boxing porn, with superheroes and spandex costumes, and beefy mustache daddy fetish mixed in.

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