Review: Invincible #77

Published on February 8th, 2011

Would you like a book that doesn’t care about those pussy Comic’s Code regulations about blood and gore?  Well, then Invincible (or any Robert Kirkman Image Comics book for that matter) is the book for you!

Written and created by Kirkman with outstanding art by Ryan Ottley, Invincible #77 continues the “Viltrumite War” story arc that began in Invincible #71.  Last issue, Invincible and Omni-Man were recovering from the massive ass kicking they received from Thragg, the ruler of the Viltrumites.  After being told that the Viltrumites have gone into hiding since that battle, Invincible suddenly realizes that they must have gone back to Earth to destroy it.

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Invincible #77 starts off with the ol’ switch-eroo!  We see Thragg decapitating Cecil Steddman and the rest of the Viltrumites literally ripping the rest of Earth’s heroes (along with Atom Eve?!?  NOOOO!) to shreds.  But, it turns out this is only a disaster scenario that Mark (Invincible) has been running through his head.  He and Omni-Man (Mark’s father) are actually racing through space to get back to Earth before the remaining Viltrumites have a chance to wreck the place.

When Invincible and Omni-Man finally get to Earth, they’re surprised to see that everything is fine.  There’s absolutely no sign of the Viltrumites at all.  Omni-Man and Invincible are about to breath a sigh of relief when they’re confronted by Thragg himself.  Invincible immediately attacks Thragg, who easily brushes Mark off.  Thragg then tells Invincible and Omni-Man that he’s there to talk with them.  He informs the father and son that the 37 remaining Viltrumites are in fact on Earth and, though some are seriously injured, that’s more than enough to destroy the planet.  But, Thragg tells them that such an act would probably ensure the destruction of the Viltrumites as well, so he wants to make a truce with Omni-Man and Invincible: allow the remaining Viltrumites to live in secret on Earth and they won’t destroy the planet.  Invincible vehemently opposes it at first, but once he has another disaster scenario flash through his head of the Viltrumites destroying Earth, he reluctantly agrees.

“The Viltrumite War” story arc as a whole has been a little disappointing.  It wasn’t a bad story, it just felt like it could have been an issue or two shorter.  Invincible #77, on the other hand, was a really great story.  Very little action took place, but the tension between Thragg, Invincible and Omni-Man was really intense.  It was really cool to see how Invincible and Omni-Man’s personalities have completely flipped.  Early in the series, Omni-Man was the raging, warrior Viltrumite while Invincible was apprehensively learning to use his powers.  But, now Invincible is the one who wants an all out war against the Viltrumites while his father holds him back, knowing that it’s a battle that can’t be won.  Kirkman has really created something special with Invincible and it truly lives up to the boast on its cover, “The Best Superhero Comic Book In The Universe!”

Ottley’s art is truly second to none.  A good story is really not necessary to make a good Invincible book.  He puts so much energy and humor into every panel and he knows each character so well, you’d have a really difficult time finding a bad page.

Invincible #77 may not be the greatest jumping on point, being the end of a story arc, but if you’re not reading this series you’re really doing yourself a disservice.  Invincible #78 should be the end of “The Viltrumite War,” so expect a good jumping on point in issue #79.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com