Next week, the animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible comic premieres on Amazon Prime. March 26 will see the release of the first three chapters with the other five episodes of the first season releasing weekly.
We were fortunate enough to get an early look at what’s in store for us next week, which will be covered in detail each Saturday after the episodes air. For now, however, we’ll give you our general and spoiler-free first impressions the series.
Slow Start with Big Payoffs
Much like the Invincible comic, the Amazon Prime series starts off with a premise that’s extremely well-executed, but painfully generic. Those of us who’ve read the source material know what’s in store, but folks who are new to the story might feel like it’s not worth sticking around at first
Thankfully, the intrigue and fantastic character development from Kirkman’s original tale don’t take long to appear. It’s clear by the final seconds of the first episode that despite paying homage/parodying nearly every superhero trope imaginable, this is nowhere close to a typical superhero story.
A Fun, Thrilling, and Faithful Adaptation
Aside from a few minor/cosmetic changes, the series feels incredibly faithful to the Invincible comic — and not just from a narrative standpoint. The characters totally match what fans of the source material expect and will make new fans fall in love with them
The series also manages (so far) to balance the odd mix of humor, horror, and excitement from the comic without ever feeling weird or forced. The fights are brutal, the banter is hilarious, and the overarching mysteries will have you cursing Amazon for having to wait a week between chapters after the third episode.
Outstanding Script and Voice Cast
The script is brought to life by a voice cast who does the characters justice and then some. The story is also greatly enhanced genuine interactions that are overwhelmingly relatable–no small feat when you’re telling an animated story about super powered individuals. Even if you have little to no interest in stories like this, the personal drama and storylines will likely be enough to still draw you in.
I should also note that Steven Yeun and Gillian Jacobs voice Mark and Eve exactly like I heard them in my head while reading the comic, which was both extremely cool and a bit unsettling.
It Looks Beautiful
The series looks like Corey Walker and Ryan Ottley’s art jumping right off the page. The animation is also superb, particularly some of the 3D rendered action sequences. The only fight sequence that ever feels “subpar” is the very first one, which was likely by design.
And for those of you wondering about the level of gore, the series definitely doesn’t hold back.
The first three episodes of Invincible premiere Friday, March 26 on Amazon Prime Video.
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