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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 Hardcover – August 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Invincible: the Ultimate Collection (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158240500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582405001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. He maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman's belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics, and continues to revive the industry with refreshing new characters. AMC is adapting his bestselling series, The Walking Dead, into a TV series (set to debut in October 2010), and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad's "Comics" app.

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Customer Reviews

So, I stopped reading.
jayhawk182
It sat around for some time just looking like a big giant book until I had to take a long trip and needed something with more than just words to pass the time.
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Memorable characters, wit, charm, realisitc problems, drama and excellent pacing.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By jayhawk182 on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wow... timing really is everything.

Hearing what an amazing book this was when it first came out, I picked up the first trade -- which collected the first four issues -- and was a bit underwhelmed. So, I stopped reading. Now, I could not be happier that I took a chance on this hardcover (the purchase of which was prompted by similar, although stronger, praise).

Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley, and Bill Crabtree have created something really special. Invincible tells the story of Mark Grayson, whose father Nolan is the world's most powerful superhero, Omni-Man. Besides this fact, Mark, a high-schooler, has had a relatively normal life, until one day, he starts developing super powers. So, he calls himself "Invincible," and, often at the side of his father, begins to learn the family business.

Or so he thinks.

You see, there are really two series here: Everything that happens before issue #7, and everything that happens after it. That's because issue #7 marks one of the most satisfying stunners I can recall ever reading in a comic book. (Of course, I won't spoil it here.)

So, the first four issues were still a little flat. They were okay -- very nice to look at, with some memorable characters (Atom Eve and Robot come to mind) -- but it all felt like standard superhero stuff. However, starting with #5 (Mark's space-tangle with a confused alien), things take off a little. With each passing issue, the stakes are raised: Mark's powers develop, we meet the Invincible version of the JLA archetypes... and then it happens.

*COUGH*

By the end of issue #13 (the last in the collection), there's a new status quo, one that promises some very interesting stories in the future.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Vernon Clark Mayo on August 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Man I just now read the book, it's so fresh, so funny, so sad, so shocking..you wonder how can oen writer get so many emotions from you in such a short time, I had planned to read this slowly one chapter at a time but i started the first chapter, set it down and went right back and could not stop.

The book tells the story of supermans son, well not exactly, it's "Omni-man" and the justice leagie is the guardains and other little changes are made but you know what they are getting at, and it works so dang well, one of the finest stories in years, none of it seems stales like the many copy cat characters in other books, it's used well here, the freedom to tell the story as needed is key.

The book is also a family book, you have dear old dad Omni-man, Mark the new kid who just got powers, the wife and mother who holds the family house together, it all have a leave it to beaver feel with a twist, the modern day side of course, but also them being super heroes, yet they take it so calmly and eat supper or get ready for school while watching their dad/husband fight dragons in japan thinking maybe he can bring home a nice dress.

the book is also very funny, not in most cases, in a slapstick way, but just in a subtle way that is very real in some cases liek iwllaim and his name, or Invincible and his dead playing catch by throwing the ball around the world, you will love the mood.

But be ready because it has a few twists that leave you staring at the page like "no way" that change the mood, change the book..and yet as you read you never feel taken out of the story, it all works for the larger story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on June 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I don't know what it is about teenage superhero books, but I am somehow drawn to them. Runaways is probably my favorite book being published and I find Young Avengers to be amazing as well. I recently learned of Invincible, and I had to check it out. While the first few issues of Robert Kirkman's Invincible may not blow you away, they serve as good set-up for the amazing story to come. Invincible is a top-notch book about coming of age, being a superhero, and dealing with family and friends. This hardcover collection has the first 13 issues of the series, which, for all intents and purposes, tells a fairly complete story that is open-ended enough to allow for following adventures (very similar to Brian K. Vaughan's Runaways, which serves as a personal measuring stick for most books I read, especially ones involving teen superheroes). You see, it is not easy for books with new characters to start up nowadays, especially ones without any connections to established icons such as Superman, Spider-Man, and other famous superheroes. As Kirkman states in one of this collection's extras, it was a challenge to make it to issue 12, but fortunately, fans embraced the story of Mark Grayson, and the series is still going strong.

In a sense, we can trace the origins of Invincible back to a simple question: What if Superman had a son? Mark Grayson is the son of Omni-Man, Earth's greatest and most popular superhero. Possessing most of Superman's powers, including indestructability, flight, speed, and strength, he keeps the world safe from supervillains, aliens, and monsters. Omni-Man, who uses the secret identity of Nolan Grayson, is an alien himself, and swore to protect Earth when he discovered this beautiful, if fragile, planet.
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