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Friday, June 25, 2021

Reviewing Amazon Prime's Invincible (Spoiler Alert)

 


Amazon Prime's animated series "Invincible" was released, and what did we think about it?  Well, read on.  However, there be spoilers ahead, so be warned!

Is a new animated series based on the comic book of the same name created by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley.  The story is about Mark Grayson who's father is the greatest superhero, Omni-Man.  Mark is your typical, ordinary high school kid.  He is awkward, doesn't know how to talk to girls, and just does ordinary teenage "stuff".  He even has a part time job.

All of that changes one day.  After years of waiting, he finally gets his powers.  His father, Nolan Grayson aka Omni-Man, sits him down to discuss what comes next.  He also delves into who they really are.  They are from a planet called Veltrum.  As Veltrumites, they naturally are super powered, and capable of so many feats.  All of which Nolan teaches to Mark.

The first episode ends with Omni-Man slaughtering the Guardians of the Globe.

Through the course of the eight episodes Mark has to learn how to navigate being a superhero, being a teenager, maintaining social connections, and dealing with the lessons from his father.  As the story progresses, Mark becomes more and more aware of his duties as a hero taking on challenges that his father feels are "beneath" him.  This does NOT sit well with Mark's mother, and Nolan's wife, Debbie.  She too has her issues to deal with as the series progresses, as she is coming to grips that Nolan is a murderer.

When we reach the season finale, we find that Nolan's race are not peaceful people out to help make the galaxy better, but rather extending their empire through grooming and conquest.  Mark and Nolan go toe to toe as Nolan exposits why he is is there.  What his purpose is.  Also, he tells Mark that he loves Debbie as one would love their dog, or cat...as a pet, not as an equal.

Overall the series hits on some serious bases, and is not a series intended for younger audiences.  This is evident in the title card of each episode as it becomes more and more covered in splattering blood.  Mark, as a teenager, is not presented in the typical goofball manner that appears to be a typical problem in most shows like this.  The series, for being animated, feels more in line with Amazon Prime's other superhero series "The Boys".  Because of this, the show is recommended and definitely feels that void between seasons of The Boys.  It is also a far better series than what was presented in the first and only season of Jupiter's Legacy. 

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