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Invincible #77

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011
By: Thomas Crawford

Robert Kirkman
Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn (i), FCO Plascencia (c)
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Our hero ponders the consequences of the impending Viltrumite War as he travels to Earth. Upon his arrival, Mark is faced with a choice that will have serious ramifications as this series progresses.

Iíll admit, I was late to jump on the Robert Kirkman bandwagon. It took a combination of the TV adaptation of The Walking Dead and my girlfriend buying the first few volumes of Invincible for me to give this series a look. That said, story-wise, Iím a little disappointed in this chapter of Kirkmanís superhero opus.

Itís hard for me not to feel a little slighted when issues revolve around dream sequences. Mind you, this is a dream that has some very well-rendered and very unsettling images, but no matter how great dream sequences look, I can never get over the fact that I bought a comic where essentially nothing happens. The parts of this comic that werenít occurring in Markís head, though, were great. The tension was palpable as the Viltrumites negotiate a tentative truce, and the outcome of that exchange has the makings of a truly epic story (seeing the Viltrumites trying to assimilate is hilarious). Unfortunately, for three dollars, I need a bit more substance.

As I said, Iíve only recently looked in to some of these trades, and I have to say, comparing his work on this issue to his art at the beginning of his run on the title, Ottley has improved in leaps and bounds. The animated physicality of these characters contrasted with the brutal violence inflicted on them (poor Atom Eve) has always been something about this series I liked, and Ottley renders it horrifically. Itís like an R-rated, kickass rendition of the Teen Titans cartoon from a few years ago. Something that was more funny than distracting: am I the only one who thinks Tech Jacket looks like Brandon Flowers?

Iím going to recommend trade-waiting this one. As part of a larger story, this is an important issue thatís a great example of how to set up conflicts. As a single issue, though? This particular book seems like a pretty thin read.



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