Based on the comic book of the same name by Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, Invincible is a new animated television show which has just arrived on Amazon. The series follows the story of Mark Grayson – a 17-year-old who develops super powers, and tries to navigate his way through the ups and downs of being a super hero.
Unlike many super heroes, Mark doesn’t receive his powers by accident or through some cosmic event; he is the son of Omni-Man – an alien super hero from the planet Viltrumite. Omni-Man is the most powerful hero on Earth, and Mark’s relationship with his father is one of the key elements of this story.
This initial introduction to Invincible is three episodes long, with each episode lasting around 45 minutes in length. Moving forward, new episodes will drop on Amazon every Friday.
This is an adult series, so expect blood, guts and bad language. It is also a series with a killer voice cast, which includes Steven Yeun, J. K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Mae Whitman, Clancy Brown, Zachary Quinto, and Michael Dorn amongst many others.
Those unfamiliar with Invincible, should know that the original Invincible comics concluded in 2018. So, if this animated adaptation follows the course of the comics, then this is a series which will have an ending.
I mention this because there are so many super hero shows out there right now, that I appreciate super hero fatigue may have set in with some audiences. And if a show looks like it will run and run, and then potentially run out of steam, it can be a little off-putting to get into.
The good news is, that based on this first three episodes alone, Invincible is sticking fairly closely to the original source material and this is a huge positive. This is already shaping up to be a fantastic series, and I urge you to jump on board this weekend.
The best way to describe Invincible is that this is a series which feels like Watchmen, Spider-Man, Superman and Justice League mashed together. It takes inspiration from all of these properties, and has a clear love for the super hero genre, then charts its own course, with a compelling story about super heroes, aliens, murder and betrayal.
The opening episode helps to set the tone of the show, then an extensive (and very intense) credit scene establishes the dark direction it will head down. As mentioned above, this is not a show for young audiences, and this becomes abundantly clear quite quickly.
What is also abundantly clear is the attention to detail in this series. Invincible is beautiful to look at, and features some excellent animation – the sort of quality you would see in a direct-to-video movie (think DC animated movies).
This is not a show that has been flung together, this has been carefully developed to ensure it brings the comics to life in the best possible way. And I guarantee, if you have any interest in super heroes, especially super hero dark tales, this is a show that you will be hooked on.
I have nothing negative to say about Invincible – these first three episodes are a superb showcase for this great, yet not-so-well-known character. Well done, Amazon, I look forward to the release of the next episode and in the meantime, I may give these first three a re-watch.