- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics; 1st Printing edition (August 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607060620
- ISBN-13: 978-1607060628
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invincible, Book 11: Happy Days Paperback – August 25, 2009
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A lot of the volume is taken up with a cross-over featuring another of Kirkman's creations, The Astounding Wolf-Man. That digression is fine for what it is, but none of the individual issues featured in this trade paperback advance the larger plot one iota. (Well, maybe ONE iota.) The crossover smacks of a cash-grab akin to the big two, where they have foil-covered multi-part epics featuring everybody and their dogs ... and absolutely no change to the status quo.
I'm not saying don't get this book, especially if you've gotten every other ... but just be aware, it's a comparatively hollow experience held against previous volumes.
I also like Eve's scheme to monetize Mark's powers. It's ridiculous that more superheroes in the comic book world aren't doing something similar.
Speaking of awesome couples, Nolan + Allen the Alien is a fantastic team-up. Also, Battle Beast is ridiculous and I adore him. At least some characters are sticking to the main plot while Mark angsts around back on Earth.
Mark definitely needs to start learning from his mistakes if he's ever going to grow into the hero he knows he should be. For example -- stop going into the white room! Though I'm not sure what the point of the Wolf-Man crossover was, I guess it was fun. I do appreciate how often this story reminds us how things in shades of gray. Heroes are sometimes not so heroic, and not all villains are the same.
The art is amazing as usual. So clean and crisp even when a character is bloody. I think my favorite moment was the collage of the good and bad moments that Eve and Invincible have shared. I just kept staring at it. So beautiful.
Robert Kirkman doesn’t pull punches. That ending! My draw dropped when I saw what happened. Low blow Kirkman, low blow.