Noob Review: Invincible: Ultimate Collection Volume 2

Invincible: Ultimate Collection Vol 2 (w) Robert Kirkman  (a) Ryan Ottley (a) Bill Crabtree
Invincible: Ultimate Collection Vol 2
(w) Robert Kirkman
(a) Ryan Ottley
(a) Bill Crabtree

Ah, Robert Kirkman, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1. Invincible;
2. Invincible;
3. The Walking Dead.

Lame, I know. Sorry. But honestly, Robert Kirkman knows how to pack a punch in both Invincible and The Walking Dead. But this isn’t about TWD. That’s all over the place. Let’s talk about my beloved Invincible. As you can see, I’m way behind in this series. I’ve just finished volume 2 which encompasses issues #s14-24 (with a few extras), while the series itself is up to issue #108? I’m not sorry to hear this. This means I have long time to enjoy reading before I have to start waiting each week to see if a new release is out. This also means that it’s hopefully still as amazing as I currently believe it to be.

SPOILERS ALERT:

If you read my review of the first Ultimate Collection you know that I was completely shocked by the outcome. I liked it even though at first I believed it to just be a slice-of-life super-hero comic. I thought it was “nice.” Then BOOM, Mark’s dad, who is also known as Omni-man, turns from best super-hero in the universe and dad of the year into the worst kind of character ever. The betrayer. It was like a slap in the face; I couldn’t believe he turned out to be a bad guy that was planning on enslaving the human race.

The second volume was a lot less shocking. But a lot of things are being built up in this one. Several comments are made about how Mark doesn’t really have an arch-nemesis. And then we’re introduced to this character who doesn’t seem evil but may be transformed by the end by blind hatred that is just being lashed out (his own fault), but it falls on Mark’s shoulders. So I’m excited to see where that goes.

Some other big points are that Mark shares his secret identity with his girlfriend, Amber. And Atom Eve stops being a super-hero and instead just wants to use her powers for the betterment of others, like giving a water and food source to people starving, presumably in Africa. Lastly, an Alien who can shape-shift, hitches a ride to Earth after Mark and some astronauts go to Mars.

I feel like these things, while they seem mild now will end up being something big. If I’m wrong, that’s cool, don’t tell me 🙂 But you see what I mean. Build up, right?

Last but not least, I just want to point out that I love the adventures that Mark and his friends go on. I mean, he ends up going to this underwater world where a fish queen is engaged to marry him simply because he’s the strongest man on the planet. It’s awesome to see how Kirkman and his gang get him into and out of messes. And it’s “nice” again. The brutality of some of the fight scenes are crazy compared to the life Mark is allowed to live. It’s so different from what I’m used to with super-heroes who seem doomed to a life of torment (ie. Batman). It’s something different from what I’m used to, and I got completely caught off guard by it.

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In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 31 tattoos. Contact her at maibyers@gmail.com
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