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Invincible #58

Posted: Monday, January 19, 2009
By: Shawn Hill

Robert Kirkman
Ryan Ottley
Image Comics
Plot: A day in the life of a young hero. Well, more like in the lives of everyone he touches. Lots and lots of little vignettes, some of them featuring our star player. He lives in a colorful world.

Comments: I won't pretend to be up to date on all that's happening here. I don't always read this comic. But it's not that hard to grasp. In this issue, there's a group of heroes called the Guardians of the Globe who seem to be having some morale issues. And then there's a team of younger types, to which Invincible belongs, who might be calling themselves the Global Guardians. And Invincible has a brother, and girlfriend, and seems not too wise to the ways of the world, despite his considerable power. Luckily, Atom Eve is brighter and more mature than he, and is making plans that haven't yet occurred to him. She wants him to be a super-security guard, and has researched various businesses willing to pay for his services.

Young hero with family responsibilities, beautiful redhead girlfriend with plans of her own…you can see the basic model here, I'm sure. So how does Kirkman keep it interesting? With subplots galore. Let's tick those off.

First, he's got a little brother to train. Then, one of the Teen Team/Guardians needs help not de-aging every time she uses her powers. Another super-couple are buying a house. Aquarus is having a lonely time on the throne of Atlantis. Killcannon thinks he's Atom Eve's nemesis, but he hasn't met her boyfriend Invincible. Shapesmith gets some new duds. Darkwing has some self-doubts. Mark and Eve have some cuddle time. Mark's little bro has a tutor. Mark finds a spy cam where it shouldn't be. Some former astronaut seems to have been infected by something alien. And a really grim dude seems to be making Mark clones.

That's a lot, but it's all delivered with maximum clarity by Ottley, and Kirkman's usual way with dialogue (and knowing when to exposit and when to keep quiet) makes for an even flow of balloons across pages of tiny panels. There's no surplus of splash pages here, as Kirkman has a lot to convey and a ready partner in Ottley up to doing it right.

This book is a solid read. It's lighter than both Walking Dead and Astounding Wolf-Man, and it's juggling a heavy load of characters well. Definitely worth the time of the old-school hero fan.

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