Back Issues: "Invincible" #36-47
- by ReuBen DeBord, 18 November 2016
Hey there guys! You like it when I talk about comics from yesteryear, don’t you? Good! So in the past, I’ve talked about chunks of issues from the creator owned Image Comics series Invincible! And I’m going to do that again today. I’ll be talking about issues 36 through 47 of the series, collected in the Invincible Ultimate Collection volume 4. These issues are written and drawn by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley, respectively!
Even though it’s almost 40 issues that she’s been hanging around, I couldn’t tell you anything she’s done except piece together that her boyfriend is Invincible, and then get upset every time he goes off superheroing. I know I’ve complained before that the book would sometimes put too much focus on Mark’s personal life and not enough on his superhero life. And when you get right down to it, Mark’s got a lot going on in his personal life. His buddy William, his mom going through her problems of losing a husband, a new kid-brother to be a mentor to, and a girlfriend to be a boyfriend to.
If I’m being honest, even when I don’t like what this series does, it has done a really good job balancing most of those aspects of Mark’s personal life. It’s really just the girlfriend that I felt got the shaft. If you compare Invincible to one of his spiritual successors like Spider-Man or Buffy Summers, in the span of 40 issues (or 20 45 minute episodes, which would be roughly equivalent to 40 22 page issues), you would really get to know the hero’s love interest, and it wouldn’t get in the way of the actual story happening. But in Invincible, I never felt very attached to Amber. She was always in the background, and when they finally broke up, I didn’t much care. She almost felt like she was just filler because Kirkman knew he wanted Invincible to end up with Eve, but didn’t want them to be together right from the start.
Then we have a big war with some aliens who overthrew their Martian warlords. Remember that subplot where the Astronaut got left behind on Mars? Yeah, all of that is coming back to the forefront for a few issues! But it’s a bittersweet moment because once again, Kirkman teases us with another development on this subplot that remains undeveloped for at least 10 issues. And when these weird alien things that overthrew the Martians are on Earth, there’s no reason for this subplot to remain inactive for so long. In 10 issues, these things should’ve overthrown a continent. Since Kirkman was able to finally get around to tidying up so many of these subplots he introduced some 20 issues previously, I’d have expected him to not get back in the practice of introducing a new development on a subplot and then leaving it dormant for a really long time.
You’ve also got Mark’s friend and fellow superhero Eve who wants to be Mark’s girlfriend, but Mark kinda bungles it becomes yet another subplot that takes longer to blossom than it really should.
So those were my thoughts on this group of issues from Invincible! Look out for me talking about another group of issues sometime in the future! And in the meantime, keep it trashy, muties!