The mantle of Invincible was finally passed this month after nearly a year of the teasing image of a young black man in Mark Grayson’s costume. After Mark gets infected with the scourge virus a new hero steps into the shoes of the world’s greatest superhero, and he’s got plans to do some incredible things. Mark seems to be down for the count for the foreseeable future. Can this new Invincible live up to the title and save the Earth the way that only Mark could?
This issue was just as wonderful and engaging as the last installment. There wasn’t much action on these pages, but there was plenty of character and plot development to hold us off until the new Invincible springs into action next month. The shaky truce that’s holding the Earth on a thread is being tugged as Thragg explains his plans to Cecil and The Guardians of the Globe, and it’s making for some real good dramatic storytelling.
The artwork by Ottley was just as stunning as ever, and there are some great iconic recreations with the new Invincible that made me feel that same rush of discovery that I got when I first read this title. I was even shocked by how much I enjoyed a double page spread of a hospital bed on a space station. I could go on and on about it, but I don’t feel like I could do it justice. Ottley has really poured his heart into every page of every issue of this series and it shows.
The best way to sum up this book is in its tagline – the best superhero comic in the universe. It takes all of the aspects of the heroes from the big two and puts a new twist on them. It’s a rare blending of original story, homage, and slight satire that forms a whole new monster that makes you believe in the struggles of heroes again. Some people might argue that having an African American character replace Grayson was a marketing gimmick; I’m here to say that it’s a plot point that supports the story and makes me want to read it all the more. Pick this up, you won’t regret it.