Reaching Invincible #100 means Robert Kirkman has written two 100-issue runs at the same time; an impressive feat not only because that’s a lot of story, but because most comics either change creators or get cancelled long before that’s even possible.
Thankfully Image Comics had faith in him, so much in fact that they made him the president! Many #100 issues end up being ego stroking events that praise the history of the character. This go around it appears to be a turning point for the character, which is smart. Anyone who dropped the book might pick it up and with this new direction might continue to read it. But hell, is it any good?
Invincible #100 (Image Comics)
The problem with twist endings or surprise twists, at least when it appears in modern comics and movies, is the writer seems to think it’s strong enough to sustain interest by itself. It’s hard to talk about this issue without spoiling things due to this conceit. For anyone who hasn’t been reading, Invincible and Dinosaurus have been working to save the planet with some dire consequences. The cities are flooded and hundreds of thousands have died.
Then this happened:
Dinosaurus smashed Mark’s head and ripped his body in half. Ouch. He also did this on live TV while the entire world was watching.
Hey look, Obama and Clark Kent!
The world is in shock and doesn’t know how to react.
That’s pretty funny.
There’s a thought puzzle that takes up most of this issue, which deals with the concept of starting over. What if you could clone yourself and make the world think you were dead? You could work on something new and leave everything else behind. Clearly this is something only superhero or fantasy comics could deal with and it’s proof these genres are worthwhile and interesting.
An interesting premise.
On top of that there’s some pretty cool science fiction tech going on that’s used to lower the oceans that have flooded the cities of Earth.
It looks cool too!
The real boon of this issue though is Mark’s realization that he’s an adult now. He can’t be doing things willy nilly and needs to take responsibility for his actions. It’s a good message and promises some character growth in the promise. Plus it works nicely with the plot twist at the end.
Unfortunately the twist that opens the book, while offering some interesting concepts, is kind of cheap. The reader is going to be duped into buying a book on an event that’s a lie. At least to some extent. I couldn’t shed the feeling of being duped a little bit and the growing pains Mark goes through later almost feels tacked on. I understand the character is going in a new direction and there needs to be a conflict to give reasons for that, but it’s done in a flash in the pan kind of way.
Stop being a baby!
Final Score: 7
- Some interesting conversations to chew on
- Good character development
- The twist is a little cheap
There’s some good stuff in here, and although it’s very talky I think we’ve all come to expect as much from writer Robert Kirkman. It’s also nice to see a new direction for the character, even if it’s hearkening back to the original formula. That said it’s a little wonky with the plot twist and then a change of pace with this new direction. It ends up resolving the opening page gore fest with a laundry list of things being checked off to get Mark ready for the next issue.
Is It Good?
Yes and no. Come for the conversations but don’t expect a lot of action or intrigue.
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