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Published March 28, 2013

Maybe it’s the headline above the comic book title proclaiming that Invincible is “the best superhero comic book in the universe”, but I didn’t enjoy Invincible #101.

I like that it’s a creator owned comic, and I’ve heard many good things about it, but I was thoroughly unimpressed.

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It starts off with “the last remaining Viltrumite warship, stationed on the moon”. And it’s a pretty good opening scene. The leader (I think) is berating three Viltrumites for their affection for humans. He sees them as cattle, for his race to procreate and restore themselves to glory. Fair enough. I guess.

But that’s just a tiny, mostly irrelevant piece of this particular story.

The real issue is…well I’m not sure. I’m all for action packed comic books, but this one is just confusing. From what I can make out, Mark and Eve are having a baby, Mark possibly tried to take over the world or something (basically all of his superhero buddies are pissed off at him for some unnamed incident), there’s some dead sharp-toothed monster that is no doubt relevant in some way, and Mark’s dad is banished to the moon for, and I quote: “You tried to take over the planet for like a minute and then you came to your senses and left”. (Did they both try to take over the world? I’m not sure what’s going on.)

All in all, it’s fairly confusing. The only reason I kind of have an idea of what’s going on is because I’ve read Invincible #1.

Robert Kirkman’s writing isn’t particularly solid here, and I’m not a huge fan of Ryan Ottley’s art either. Or maybe it’s the colouring – It feels very fake. I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but it feels like I’m watching bad CGI.

And one other thing: their names. Dupli-Kate? Really?

Apart from the issues above, I guess it isn’t that bad. (Not exactly high praise.) It could simply be because everyone I know who had read Invincible loved it, but this comic book just didn’t do it for me. Shame, because I wanted to love it too.

Rating: 3/10 – Messy, but I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more with more context.

Note: The Damaged Goods Lucky Dip reviews are made up of various comic books that arrive damaged at All Star Comics. Without their generosity, this column wouldn’t exist.

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