After thirteen years, innumerable accolades, and a higher body count than any super-hero book in history, Robert Kirkman‘s Invincible is nearing its conclusion.
Where Kirkman’s had once talked of handing off the reins of his landmark character to another creative team, today the independent comics titan announced that he is setting out on a final arc for Mark Grayson.
In an open letter to fans on the home page of his Skybound imprint, Kirkman justified his decision as keeping with Invincible‘s long tradition of defying super-hero tropes.
“So then, it stands to reason, that if most superhero comics continue forever with no end in sight and over their runs do not, in any way, tell a cohesive story that holds together to form a singular narrative… shouldn’t INVINCIBLE do the exact opposite?”
Though the series launched Kirkman into the stratosphere of comics and paved the way for his runaway success with The Walking Dead, Invincible has long been the neglected child of the Skybound family, suffering from long hiatuses and dwindling sales.
The departure of the title will leave a hole in the independent comics market, which for so long has claimed Invincible as its singular answer to the super-hero genre.
One silver lining is that, having a finite story which has been brought to conclusion, the long-rumored Invincible film may finally emerge from development hell.
In any event, the final year of the series, which is set to finish its run with issue #144, should be something to see.