Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley
It’s always difficult for me to review this title, as there’s only so many ways to say “Invincible is a bloody excellent comic and if you’ve got any interest in superheroes at all you should be reading it” without repeating myself. Kirkman’s writing is top-notch, giving us characters with depth and humanity, and a plot that mixes humour and character development, with a dash of action thrown in for the sake of the genre conventions.
The art is as good as ever, with Ottley’s understated linework and Bill Crabtree’s almost-flat colouring working together well to give the comic its distinctive and attractive cartoony look. Basically, it’s business as usual, and business is good.
The only problems I have with this issue are very minor ones. There are a couple of lettering faults here and there, with instances of text floating off-centre in balloons, and the occasional spelling error. There’s also a sense that this is an unimportant issue, almost as if it were a fill-in, albeit one done by the regular creative team. On closer glance, this isn’t accurate, as there is at least one important story development. It’s just that this development doesn’t directly involve the main character, and is nestled among a number of advancing subplots and a goofy and vacant (but effective) main plot.
Invincible is a bloody excellent comic and if you’ve got any interest in superheroes at all you should be reading it.
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