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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 Hardcover – July 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582405948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582405940
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing is amazing; the plots are consistently interesting and the humor is always great.
Andrew
I love numerous sub-plots, love that feeling of stuff always happening, with more stuff waiting just around the corner.
H. Bala
Ottley's talent for conveying the feelings of characters is necessary to keep up with Kirkman's scripting here.
D. Sims

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Sims on November 3, 2006
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This hardcover graphic novel collects issues #0 and 14-24 of Invincible as well as at least part of the Image Comics Summer Special #1.

The collected issues represent a superb run on this comic. The world Robert Kirkman is creating is fleshed out more thoroughly, the main characters develop more fully, and the flow of unusual and bizarre side character heroes and villains continues unabated. Ryan Ottley handles almost all the penciling work on these issues, giving this collection a more consistent look than the first hardcover volume, where the initial artwork was done by the talented Cory Walker.

In terms of production values the hardcover looks fantastic. Ottley is developing a real talent for depicting character's facial expressions and thus hinting at their inner emotional life. This is one of those comics where you can recognize and distinguish the major characters easily even when they are not in costume. The art reproduces beautifully here and is worthy of the slightly oversized pages you see. The coloring in particular really seems to "pop" off the page.

Ottley's talent for conveying the feelings of characters is necessary to keep up with Kirkman's scripting here. He's managed to produce a comic that feels character-driven while still throwing in big plot twists in the grand tradition of silver age comics.

The best description I've heard so far of Invincible's appeal is that it is a Silver Age comic book for adults. Many of us have fond memories of the comics we read when we were young. For me it's the early Spider Man.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 29, 2006
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Invincible is still a fairly recent discovery for me. I just sort of came across it one day, but everything I heard about it was positive. I decided to check out the first hardcover, and I was hooked. Though the story started off a little slow, the early character development paid off many times over after the series' first big twist. This second Ultimate Collection hardcover is even better than the first; the characters grow naturally from the events that they have experienced, new villains and allies are introduced, and many subplots are set up. Some of them come to fruition in this collection, others are merely hinted at.

Mark Grayson is the teenage superhero Invincible. As the son of Omni-Man, one of Earth's most powerful superheroes, he has powers such as flight, invulnerability, superspeed and strength, and the ability to hold his breath for a very long time. He and his dad fought a lot of villains together, but just when Mark was getting the hang of the superhero gig, he learned a terrible secret: his father was a member of an antagonistic race of aliens bent on galactic domination. Omni-Man's mission on Earth was to survey the planet and get it ready for conquest. This revelation caused Omni-Man to nearly beat Mark to death, though he had a sudden change of heart, and left Earth. Now, Mark and his non-superpowered mom Debbie are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. Mark finds himself unable to speak with even his closest friends, including Atom Eve, a fellow superhero, William, his best friend and future college roommate, and Amber, his girlfriend. Debbie, on the other hand, turns to alcohol to make the pain go away.

As Invincible, Mark has taken on a job with the government.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kunkel on November 13, 2006
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Don't get me wrong this is easily one of the most engaging comics I've ever read but i can't bear to give it a 5 and i'll tell you why. Vol. 1 was unbelievibly awesome, and although this collection was also good there was no closure on any of the plotlines. Kirkman explains that this is all just a big set up for whats to come but it didn't leave me with the same feeling as when i finished the first one. So my four isn't saying this isn't great its just saying that the first one was better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on July 6, 2007
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In this second hardcover collecting Robert Kirkman's Invincible Volumes 3 & 4 (issues 14 - 24 and Origins) we see Mark Grayson maturing into the world's soon-to-be most powerful superhero. After the climactic and disturbing events in the first collection where Mark discovered the truth about his father our hero is left to figure out things for himself. Without the guidance of his super-parent Invincible sets off for college and starts working for Cecil Steadman and the government, which pits Mark against villains and monsters capable of mocking his superhero monicker by actually hurting and beating him. Relationship troubles with Amber and his Mom who is still dealing with his dad's absence put a strain on Mark's life that not even his superpowers can alleviate (a la Spider-man). I am glad to say that I enjoy this comic because of the fact that Invincible is, strangely enough, NOT invincible. Sure, Mark doesn't have a weakness like Kryptonite, and can't be hurt by conventional weapons, but other supers can with a bit of trying inflict some damage upon him, either by thrashing him physically or going after his loved ones, showing that a secret identity is not as easy to hide as in the Superman universe. Kirkman handles his character much like Alan Moore handled Miracle Man all those years ago, pointing out that even the most invulnerable of beings has limits, and that the world does not always recover when these creatures cut loose. Often violent and bloody, the Invincible comics in this collection also contain moments of tenderness and genuine feeling between characters that make each story addictively readable and leaves you begging for more.
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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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