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Invincible (Book 2): Eight is Enough Paperback – May 10, 2004
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I don't mind that they're selling it like this (even though now knowing now how much I'm getting I believe it's overpriced), but I'm appalled that the description seems to intentionally lure in anyone who bought Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 into buying the wrong thing.
by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley
(Image Comics, 2009)
This is one of the most action-packed (and gory!) "Invincible" graphic novel collections to date, as Invincible gets his butt kicked by a giant serpentine subterranean rock monster, and his little brother joins him in his crime fighting patrols. Invincible also has a falling out with his governmental handlers, and begins to adjust to life as a rogue agent.
The tone of the book has shifted noticeably from its lighthearted origins, away from a mostly kid-friendly storyline to a bloodier, more violent exploration of superhero mythos, closer in tone, perhaps to Rick Veitch's "Miracleman" (although thankfully, the goriness doesn't seem to be the whole point of the book, as it was with "Miracleman.") Still, although the book is still relatively accessible, it's no longer a title that I would think of recommending to younger readers... Unless page after page of splattered brains and intestines is your idea of wholesome entertainment.
The writing's still quite good, and the title is consistently entertaining and engaging, but there sure seems to be a lot of gratuitous, graphic bloodiness going on these days. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
I like the fact that Mark isn't as maligned as Peter Parker was while trying to hide his identity as Spider-Man. Back when I was a kid, that was more how real life was in those days. But everything's more laidback now. I especially enjoyed the way Mark's buddy tumbles onto the fact that Mark is the costumed superhero Invincible and doesn't buy his lame excuse that he ran for help.
The relationship between Mark and his mother and father is great. Until the whole thing with the Guardians of the Globe. You'll have to read the book before I mention any more. And that fact makes it hard to review this graphic novel much more about the twists and turns it takes. Suffice it to say that I was completely blown away and am looking forward to the next installment.
One of the other things that I really like about this series is the way Kirkman keeps the stories relatively simple and doesn't cover the pages with dialogue. Some comics fans feel like they get ripped off by a book where the art primarily carries the action. However, I like the occasional trade off you can get in a book like this. Sometimes I want easy, no-brainer comics that I can glide through.
Except that Kirkman doesn't kick back and let his readers get too comfortable. He doesn't throw conceptual or multi-layered plots onto his readers, but he does kick them in the teeth with emotional ones. And, yeah, I'm talking about the whole thing with the Guardians of the Globe.
I also liked the scenes of Mark and his dad playing catch with a baseball they were literally throwing around the world. Standing back to back and catching the throws as they swung around the earth was pretty amazing imagery. Even more so when Mark had to dash back and snag the ball from the atmosphere because he and his dad had both forgotten it.
The next graphic novel has got to be a real turning point in the series. I'm looking forward to it.