Graphic Novel Review: Invincible – Compendium Two
Hello comic book nerds and superhero enthusiasts!
How’s everything going?
I’ve been holed up inside my apartment severely social distancing prior to a surgery tomorrow, so I’ve been very introverted lately. I also finished final edits of my BEK short story for its alpha read yesterday, and grad school starts up again in a week, So basically I’m flailing around. Here’s hoping your life is much more peaceful!
Today I’m sharing my full review of Invincible, Compendium Two by Image Comics.
I absolutely ADORED the first compendium, so naturally I had to get my grubby mitts on the next one. There was a slight delay with my library, but I was rewarded for my patience and have the third and final compendium in my possession, so I can just keep on going, hopefully finishing by grad school time!
So, did this compendium of superhero epicness floor me like the first one did?
Keep on reading to find out!
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It’s here: the second massive paperback collection of the greatest superhero comic in the universe! Witness Invincible’s transition from new kid on the block to established superhero! Collects” Invincible” #48-96.
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So. Freaking. Good. I would give this diamond of a superhero saga a million stars if I could, that’s how much this blew me away.
Mark Greyson may have been something of a white knight up until this point, but that changes by leaps and bounds in this compendium, believe me! There’s plenty of great progression with his character, and it was so easy to relate to what he was going through given the insane situations he finds himself in.
There were a lot of darker themes explored this time around. One I particularly enjoyed was whether or not Invincible had a duty to kill (instead of lock up) his enemies if they were hellbent on attacking him (or his family) again or causing loss of human life and chaos to the world. He really grapples with this and other dilemmas, and it makes him so much stronger and well-rounded in the end.
Atom Eve and Oliver play more central roles to the plot, and it really made the experience more enjoyable. Oliver had some good progression just like Mark.
I have seen some complaints that Mark doesn’t always play the central focus, but this universe is vast, and fleshing it out further has been so entertaining and important in my opinion. I loved getting to know other heroes throughout, and there’s still so much to experience.
Like in the first compendium, you can expect nonstop superhero action with plenty of gore, crazy schemes of mass destruction, and some funny and heartfelt moments in between. Throughout there were some seriously gut-wrenching moments that made me feel sick, riled me up, or want to cry. This series gives all the feels in spades, and Image Comics should really be commended for that.
I can’t wait to see what new adventures await in the final compendium, and if you love superheroes, you have got to give this series a try!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this graphic novel review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this graphic novel? Are there similar ones you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!