INVINCIBLE on Amazon Prime, A Review

INVINCIBLE on Amazon Prime, A Review

Invincible is an adult animated superhero streaming series on Amazon Prime, based on the Image Comics series of the same name written by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley.

The series follows 17-year-old Mark Grayson and his coming of age transformation into a superhero under the guidance of his father Omni-Man, the most powerful being on the planet. Omni-Man, whose from another planet, is a Viltrumite, came to earth 20 years before the series started, from his home planet of super-powered aliens. He met Debbie, fell in love, and they had a child. Mark.

Why he came to Earth is touched on near the end of the first season...

During his transformation Mark finds himself struggling with balancing out his personal life, girls and his new superhero duties, where he feels as if he has to prove that he can be the hero that his father is.

His father is literally, an unstoppable force.

The series cast is full of known actors, such as Steven Yeun (Mark), Sandra Oh (Debbie), and J. K. Simmons (Omni-Man) as the Grayson family, while the rest of the cast, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Walton Goggins, Zachary Quinto, Mark Hamill, Clancy Brown and others serve as recurring characters.


I don't know where to begin. The cast was well played, there were several critical and good sub-plots that did not distract and this animated series presented many emotional experiences to this viewer, ranging from watching a teenager trying to deal with life in general, to a boy who suddenly finds himself being one of the most powerful superheroes on the planet. Or potentially.

It was fun watching his dad mentor him in the ways of using his developing powers and his bumbling ways as he learned some of the simpler things like flying, landing, taking off, avoiding collateral damage while fighting and what not.

But there's a dark side behind all the fun teen angst that takes up some of the story line.


There's a government agency who backs many of the superheroes in the story plus there's this one scene early on in the series where Mark's dad takes it upon himself to kill an entire team of superheroes, in a bloody and gory fashion.

Not to mention the dark undertone of how the govt keeps track of their heroes, and what not.

Yea, this show, despite being an animated series can get pretty gory and gruesome at times.

As the season progresses, we learn that Omni-Man came to Earth to deliver an ultimatum... come under control of his planet's self-imposed coalition, or be destroyed. And when push comes to shove, as Mark attempts to stop him, Omni-Man beats the living shit out of his own son, telling him he'll kill him and just have another kid, all the while, his wife/Mark's mom, was nothing more than a pet to him.

Holy shit... yep.

The series was engaging and jaw-dropping at times, but it was a great time killer and as with many modern animated series, takes a harder edge to the story telling.

Besides, it's from Robert Kirkman...  you can never go wrong with his work!


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