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Invincible #12

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2004
By: James Redington



Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley

Publisher: Image Comics

The Concept:
Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age, except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. And now heís begun to inherit his father's powers. It all sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father's footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

This Issue:
"Perfect Strangers," Conclusion. Mark's world comes crashing down around him. After the events of last issue, Mark is left wondering how he'll survive. You have front row seats as Mark comes face to face with the most deadly foe of his short-lived superhero career. It's all been leading up to this, and you do not want to miss this issue!

What I Thought:
Have you ever had a fight with your Dad? Has your Dad ever lied to you? Does your Dad really really love your mum? Is your Dad the greatest hero the earth has ever known? Mark Grayson (our hero) can now only answer yes to two of the above questions! Since I started reading this comic this is what it has been building to, we have amazing fight scenes and plot revelations enough to knock your socks off!

Kirkman is very clever here, he expands more the real origin of Markís Superhero father and his reason for being on our planet, he fills in more of the gaps missing earlier in the series (and those explained in the previous issue). I really donít want to spoil any of this for you as when this hits the trades I really think this series will go through the roof. Although this issue is basically one big fight there is actually quite a lot of dialogue but it never detracts from the action. What is good is the notion of no matter how big and strong you get your Dad is always stronger. We also share Markís pain and his fathers too. The final page is moving, it really is.

The art is excellent and surprising bloody. The fights are what I expect would really happen if a super-powered battle takes place in the heart of a city, the destruction would be immense. When the characters hit each you really do believe that they are knocked for hundreds of miles. Even throughout all the action, Ottley keeps the characters emotions real and their pain is evident through his art.

Conclusion:
I really donít want to give too much away about this issueís contents because itís one of the defining moments of the series. This issue and issue 11 have really turned this series in a new direction. The art is good and the writing even better, as I have said before this series is the find of the year so far for me in the mainstream comics. Itís funny, exciting and kinda scary (especially this issue) all in one. I canít remember when I have been so excited about reading the next issue. Buy the trades and start picking up the new issues as soon as you can, this is one to watch.



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