Amazon Prime Video’s new show Invincible is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series and WOW it is sure to impress fans.
The Invincible comic books hooked me right from the first issue, so when I found out there was going to be a show based off of them on Amazon Prime Video, I was excited. I was also cautiously optimistic because some of the things that happen in this story would need to be done exactly right for the story to be pulled off.
When the voice cast for Invincible was announced, that changed things a little. This is an extremely impressive cast and I though OK, they just might pull this off. Now having watched the first three episodes I can tell you that YES this show is going to be exactly what comic book fans want.
This is the story of a 17 year old boy named Mark Grayson whose father is a superhero named Omni-Man. Mark is eagerly awaiting for his powers to kick in, starting to lose hope that they ever will. Early on in the first episode they do, and I was really glad they didn’t make us wait longer for that. As he joins forces with other superheroes his age, he discovers that having powers may not be all it is cracked up to be.
What Works With Invincible
If you are familiar with the comics you know the story can be a bit out there at times — and the show captures it perfectly. The voice acting is perfect, which was to be expected because of the cast. The first three episodes are over 40 minutes long, including credits, but they fly by because they are that good.
Personally, my favorite part of this show is the animation style. It gives off some serious 90s and Batman vibes that I am totally here for. The way that it handles fighting, powers, blood, and that sort of thing is pretty amazing. Even though there are some heavy moments, this show really delivers on the animation.
The script is great too — and something that will make fans of the comic books very happy. Because this is an animated show, the characters are able to look almost exactly like they look in the books. You can totally see where they take influence from the voice actors, but it isn’t done too often and it totally works.
Speaking of the comic books, the overall vibe is there too. I really don’t want to give anything away, but those that have been reading them will feel like their favorite characters jumped from the pages to the screen almost seamlessly. It is dark and bloody at times, and well… the word perfect comes to mind. Get ready to be entertained from start to finish. This is a series that I hope goes on for a very, very long time.
What Doesn’t Work With Invincible
Coming up with something I don’t like about this show is difficult. It has exceeded al my expectations as a fan of the comics, a fan of superhero shows, and a fan of animation. There is so much to love about it but if I had to nitpick, I would say that the placements of the credits is a bit bizarre and off putting.
It is one thing to have an end credit or mid credit scene, but in the screeners I was given the credits are stuck almost in the middle of the episode. This feels weird and I worry that some people might turn the show off without realizing how much of it is left to watch.
Invincible is every single thing that comic book fans are going to hope it is. Those that are new to the series and likely to start off thinking — what the heck is happening — but then immediately love it. These characters all feel exactly like the characters I know and love from the books, and I cannot wait to see more of them.
Chances are you will be hooked right from the start of the first episode, and just grow to love it even more as it continues on. These comic books seem like they could be hard to pull off, however, I had confidence after seeing how Amazon Prime Video handled The Boys. After seeing the first three episodes I can officially say they have this covered — and I cannot wait for more.
Mark Grayson, 17, is just like every other guy his age — except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man; as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.
Ep. 1 – IT’S ABOUT TIME
When Mark Grayson finally inherits powers from his superhero father, it’s a dream come true. But there’s more to being a hero than just choosing a name and costume.
Ep. 2 – HERE GOES NOTHING
With his father out of action, Mark struggles to defend the city against an interdimensional invasion, joining forces with a team of teenage superheroes.
Ep. 3 – WHO YOU CALLING UGLY?
Mark has to cut a study date short to help save Mount Rushmore from a crazed scientist. Robot deals with drama as he assembles a new team of world-saving superheroes.
The first three episodes of Invincible drop on Amazon Prime Video March 26th!