Review: Invincible #119

It’s a busy week with everyone preparing for Free Comic Book Day, but quite a few new comics are in shops this week, among them is a perennial series from Image that some of you may have forgotten about. Invincible has taken a plot turn with Mark and Atom Eve taking their baby and leaving Earth, which has fallen under the control of an evil villain, and not minding it one bit.

Invincible119Invincible #119

Story By: Robert Kirkman
Pencils By: Ryan Ottley
Inks By: Cliff Rathburn
Colors By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Cover Pencils By: Ryan Ottley
Cover Inks By: Cliff Rathburn
Cover Color By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Price: $2.99
Published: April 29, 2015

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Mark and Eve take their daughter to the emergency room on an alien planet…which is all kinds of trouble. How long will Mark’s domestic life be allowed to continue? Trouble is brewing worlds away.

Invincible-119-10Review:

I really like seeing super-heroes acting like real people, and in the most recent issues we have seen Mark and Eve acting like people, albeit in situations that are too bizarre for most people to understand. Here they act like concerned parents, and Mark shows the worst part of that lashing out when he feels like there’s nothing he can do to help his daughter. We also see Eve and Mark deal with his rape, and it’s nice to see that it’s going to take some time for them to get around it.

One of the most enjoyable parts for me is where the doctor refuses to help their daughter because it’s considered unethical to treat a Viltrumite. Wow, that’s some deep-seeded hatred towards a conquering alien race. The weakest part is the building subplot with Battle Beast fighting Thragg. I have forgotten this aspect of the larger story, but it comes across as transparent that Mark will be drawn into this battle.

The artwork is good, clean, crisp, and most of all, bright. The alien metropolis is shown with the variety that I’ve come to expect from this series, and yet every bit of it seems tangible, like all of it exists in the way that  Mark and Eve can interact with, down to little Terra playing with the doctor’s equipment. The food with despairing faces I could do without.

If you aren’t reading Invincible, you could a lot worse, and chances are, you probably are.