Invincible is the story of Mark Grayson, an average teenage boy who father happens to be the, essentially, Superman. When Mark, as an effect of puberty, starts developing powers of his own, he begins a superhero career with the approval of his father as the teenage hero “Invincible”. Teaming up with a group of like minded young heroes, one of which turns out to be a clasmate at his school, the book follows Mark’s school, family and professional life.
Two things struck me about Invincible, the first, is how incredibly obvious the premise seems once you’ve heard it; yet nobodys done it before. This is a sign of brilliance: to create something out of wholecloth that’s never been done and yet seems so obvious and natural.
The second thing is how lacking in angst the book is. Superhero books have hit a new degree of angst lately, and it’s shocking to see how innocent, how pure this book is, without the need for any wink wink meta-aspect. This is virtually unheard of in today’s comic scene.
The book, intentionally or not, seems to reject the modern trend found in Avengers Disassembled and Identity Crisis, among others books, when Mark askes his fellow hero to be hush hush with his secret identity. “You never know when a hero turns out to be the next big supervillian.” He says. “That only hapens in comic books,” the friend replies.
If you’re one of those people who complains that superhero comics aren’t fun anymore, this book is for you. It reminds me a great deal of the innocent, yet intelligent, fun in Scott Mccloud’s classic 80s series, ZOT!
The art is both excellent and unique, and complements the story well.
Volumes Reviewed: 1
Authors: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walke