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Invincible Volume 12: Still Standing Paperback – June 8, 2010
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In a nutshell, without giving away too many spoilers, Angstrom Levy, Invincible's Lex Luthor-like archvillain has transported evil alternate versions of our hero to our earth to jump-start the Apocalypse. Basically the entire Image universe has to rally around Invincible to stave off the threat, resulting in some pretty horrific carnage. As if that's not enough, CONQUEST comes calling. Who?? Nope, I'm not going to give away too much on that one either, except to say that the last couple of issues in this collection features the goriest, most intense superhero fight EVER! How Kirkman's ever gonna top this one, I wouldn't know...
Invincible Vol.12: Still Standing collects issues 60-65 of the phenomenal series and should not be missed by any comic book fan!
Oh, and before I forget, Ryan Ottley, you are a GOD among pencillers.
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Ryan Ottley
(Image Comics, 2010)
If you were initially drawn to the early issues of "Invincible" because it seemed like a relatively kid-friendly super-comic, look out for these later episodes. This volume, collecting "Invincible" #60-65, is one of the flat-out goriest superhero smackdowns ever published, with limbs ripped off, eyes gouged out, heads crushed, teeth flying like rice at a wedding, and gallons and gallons of thick, gooey blood.
The first story arc involves a squadron of alternate-reality, evil Invincibles brought to Mark's Earth to wreak as much havoc as possible, basically decimating the planet's superheroes and softening Mark up for the real main event: a prolonged uber-battle with an older, seasoned, super-sadistic Viltrumite soldier sent to take out our hero, and to crush the entire planet in preparation of a final invasion. This new character, Conquest, is one of the most cruel, vicious and effective villains seen anywhere, and while the battle is grotesque to the extreme, it is thrilling. It's also total battle porn: along with books like "Irredeemable," et al, there is a movement towards making the deconstruct-the-superbook scene into a series of horror-story splatterfests. I'm not sure I approve, but I was riveted. However, this is NOT a book you want to leave out where little kids can see it. It's really violent and filled with intensely disturbing images. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
A very bloody episode with a few interesting twists. This volume has a lot of fighting; it's still engaging and the artwork continues to be good enough to make it work – maybe a bit less colour?
Now on to Volume 13.
While this installment a little confusing because of the Image United crossover event but it still had strong content. I just felt like I was shoved into the event with little preparation. But because of the events the aftermath were rough. Punch-me-in-the-feels rough.
Robert Kirkman is an amazingly talented dick. At least he’s pairing some of these atrocities with a a few positive moments here and there. (Mark and Eve’s relationship)
Ryan Ottley still rocks. He grosses me out and in the same image makes me ponder how guts can be so pretty.
This arc also truly changes the Invincible status quo. It's no longer our world but with people who have superpowers. It's a dark, desperate place that will only become darker once the rest of the Viltrumites arrive.