Invincible, Volume 1: Family Matters
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Invincible, Volume 1: Family Matters (Invincible #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,621 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age. He's a senior at a normal American high School. He has a crappy part time job after school and on weekends. He likes girls quite a bit... but doesn't quite understand them. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, and sleeping late on Saturdays... at least until the good cartoons come on. The only difference between Mark...more
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Published August 19th 2003 by Image Comics
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Evgeny
Mark Grayson is a son of a Superman (well, his father's last name is Grayson not Kent, his background story is different, and so is his costume, but he has exactly the same abilities - you know: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...) He develops his super-abilities and starts fighting crime, this is all.

There is a foreword where they keep saying to the readers how the graphic novel is different from countless other generic superhero tales. Well, guess what? It IS a generic superhero...more
David
Dec 21, 2013 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids with dads from another planet, teenage supeheroes who still can't get the girl
I have always been a fan of worldbuilding. I like superhero stories not because of the power-fantasy wish-fulfillment aspect, but because you can place all these fantastical characters with powers granted by cosmic rays, radioactive spiders, ancient gods, and magic circles, in a world that somehow combines all these elements into a modern mythology. It's fun when you are creating it yourself (hence my fondness for superhero RPGs when I was younger) and fun to read it and feel invested in the wor...more
Sam Quixote
I’ve seen Invincible on the shelves for a few years now but never felt the need to pick it up, even to skim the pages - it looks like a generic superhero book even if the Walking Dead guy wrote it and it’s published by Image. It just looks too much like every superhero book out there - good looking kid in a superhero outfit flying with super strength. Really - is that it? Well I decided to find out for myself today and so I picked it up hoping to be pleasantly surprised - maybe it’s a smart sati...more
'kris Pung
I really wanted to like this, the characters seemed interesting enough but nothing really happens and it gets hella boring by the end. If I see volume 2 at the library I might give it a shot but I'm not going to go out of my way to track down a copy of it either.
Matt
Although I am usually a person who has the capacity to get into most of the new "cool" things when it comes to independent comics, "Invincible" left me wanting a little bit more from the book.

The story is really generic. The main character is the son of a super hero, who moved to Earth long ago to watch over things. Inevitably, he reaches puberty and gets the same powers his father has, with super speed, flight, invincibility, and all that other jazz.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with a basi...more
J.M.
This doesn't really add much to the superhero genre. It's nothing groundbreaking, and the art is rather minimalistic, however it IS Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and there seems to be quite a run on the series, plus it reads quickly so I'm going to give more issues a try.

2.5 stars (rounded to 3). Recommended only if you're a Kirkman fan or are looking for a non-Big Two take on superheroes.
Federiken Masters
Apr 12, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freaks como yo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Su fama.
En claro contraste con los comics de superhéroes deconstructivistas de los 80s (lejos, mis favoritos), la década pasada nos trajo varias versiones reconstructivistas de los típicos personajes calzudos y colorinches de los USA. Algunos revuelven en el cementerio y sacan a personajes que en su momento no dieron para más y los resucitan a los tumbos para ver si recuperan su vieja gloria (Barry Allen y Hal Jordan según Johns), con resultados que raramente me gustan. En la otra esquina, otros se apro...more
Welson Chang
Invincible: Family Matters is created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker and introduces us to Invincible (aka Mark Grayson) and the world he lives in. Invincible is the son of the world's most powerful superhero and he's just come into his powers. Now that I got the obligatory intro out of the way, let's talk about the graphic novel.
The graphic novel is the compilation of the first 4 issues of the monthly Invincible series. The story moves along at a very brisk pace and modulates from funny to se...more
Peter
I see some reviews by people who say this book is nothing special. but those people are wrong. In this story Kirkman writes his loveletter to superhero comics while injecting the genre with humor, teenage drama and soapopera elements. Something kickass tried to do later as well, but invincible has real superpowers.

This is the story of high school senior mark, whose dad is the biggest superhero of the world (think superman) and one day he finds out he has powers aswell. From that point on a funn...more
Jesse Athey
It's ok. No great shakes. Probably won't go out of my way to continue the series.
matt
This may not seem to be enough to grab you as a reader of the series- b/c things seem pretty lightweight and predictable in this first collection - I mean, it's an enjoyable enough superhero story - but you might be asking yourself what all the fuss is about by the time you are through.
Well - stick with it. This is just the set up. Kirkman has got ideas-a-plenty about this title - and you will be so surprised about what is coming up around the bend.
Keep reading, you will not be disappointed.
John Mccubbin
This was an amazing volume, and I'm glad to have finally read it, as it's a very fun, and entertaining story. Robert Kirkman does a great job of introducing this new series, and it's characters, as although I know that Invincible first appeared in another series, this allows you to learn everything you need to know. Kirkman also did a brilliant job of introducing a new, and fresh type of superhero, as although I love all the major DC Comics, and Marvel heroes, it's nice to get something fresh, a...more
Gary Butler
43rd book read in 2014.

Number 202 out of 386 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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Chelsi Cassilly
This book reminded me of The Death Ray by Daniel Clowes which I really didn't enjoy. I felt that Invincible was able to capture humor and irony and realism a little more without trying so hard and making readers (read: me) uncomfortable. I liked reading about high school. Which is strange, but I did. And I liked Mark and his parents, and the way that they interact. It had subtle humor that helped bring out characters who were more static or background. However, some things were glossed over (lik...more
Adam
I am now sorry that I waited so long to begin reading this series and as a comic book collector, sorry I didn't collect the individual issues. What an incredible take on the superhero genre! Relatable characters and issues, even though they have super powers! A great read for any comic book fan or fan of any kind of book!
JB
A great superhero story. Great characters, I especially like the mother of Invincible.
The way she goes about handling her husband being a superhero and everything that comes with it (being abducted into an other dimension for instance.

Mark Grayson aka Invincible is a great character too as is his father Nolan Grayson aka Omni-man (who spoiler alert: is from another planet, that's why he has super powers).

The Teen Team (Robot, Dupli-Kate, Rex Splode, and Atom Eve) are a great bunch of teenage sup...more
Chris
This book actually surprised me. Based on the cover I wasn't all that interested. I read it mostly because it's a comic and I got it in a bundle. Even bad comics are usually enjoyable once through. This was actually quite good. It reminds me a lot of The Incredibles, the Pixar movie. The dad is the world's greatest super-hero, but just an author in disguise, while the son just developed his super-powers in his teen years. The mom is just a regular mom.
The artwork is very quick and colorful, whic...more
Arminzerella
Mark’s dad is Omni-Man, a superhero from the planet Viltrum, and Mark is following in his footsteps. His powers begin to manifest when he’s a teenager, about to graduate from high school. When Mark notices he’s got them his first response is, “It’s about time!” He starts calling himself “Invincible” after he gets pulled into the principal’s office at school for getting in a fight. The principal tells him he’s not “invincible.” As his powers grow, Mark gets involved with the local teen superhero...more
Regina
Pretty funny. Mark Grayson is a regular teenager, with the dumpy job, girl awkwardness, and high school angst that we all get sooner or later. The only difference is, that instead of the working-class parents the rest of us probably had, Mark's dad is Omni-Man, a real-live Superhero. Mark has always known that one day he too would possess powers, but they haven't manifested. Until now.

This first volume of Invincible is a humorous romp through Mark's coming of his superhero age. His abilities sur...more
Jeffrey
Being the son of (not) Superman isn't all it's cracked up to be in Robert Kirkman's Invincible. This volume introduces Mark Grayson who is the son of Omni-man, the world's greatest superhero. Mark's powers have just emerged and, as he grows into the role of aspiring superhero, he must adjust to the change in responsibilities and relationships, especially with his family.

That's where the strength of this book lies. Teenage superheroes have been done before, Teen Titans, New Mutants, and Spider-Ma...more
Hayden
I love The Walking Dead. A lot. In fact, I feel like I reference it way too many times in my reviews on here. But once again, TWD was the reason I was interested in checking this out. Kirkman has a very simplistic yet uncanny ability of fleshing characters out over years of single issue comics, and in trades, it makes for very compelling reading. I devoured all of The Walking Dead last Christmas, and it was only a matter of time before I got into his other decade-spanning series, Invincible.

I li...more
Michael Church
I have to give this book 3 stars for the simple fact that, while it absolutely stands apart from the rest of the superhero world and many of the books considered to be its "peers," it does not quite do so in Volume 1. There is some great characterization, and you instantly like most of these characters. You can see the stereotypical roles that they will fall into eventually and it's immediately intriguing to see how they will get there. The art is striking and unique and improves with every page...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Invincible #1-4 (January 2003-April 2003). Mark Grayson is a senior in high school. He works at a fast-food restaurant and likes hanging out with his friend William. The difference is that Mark’s father is the most powerful superhero on Earth…Omni-Man! When Mark begins developing powers, his plans to be the next great superhero might be possible. Now he’s getting use to his powers, battling alien invaders with his father, helping Teen Team, and stopping a teacher preying on students. It...more
Earl C
A solid enough story with good art but something was lacking in it for me. I am having difficulty putting my finger on what precisely. Maybe it is just that the tongue-in-cheek "new" spin on classic superheroes has been done so many times before. Perhaps the story just needs to pick up steam and show me where it is going.

There was enough in it for me to want to pick up volume 2. That may change my take on the series.
Matthew Collins
It wasn't bad, in fact it was enjoyable for the most part. I guess I just had higher expectations because it was Robert Kirkman. There is nothing new about this. The beginning of the story has actually been told like fifty million times (it is very close to Spiderman, or that made for TV Disney movie Sky High). The dialogue was good though, and it does have a little bit of a fresh spin to it, and I guess the series has been going for quite a while, so maybe in the future the story and characters...more
Shaun
A quick read and one that I have wanted to read for a while now. I love that Kirkman delves into Mark's development of his powers and his family life. Mark's mother is so used to Omniman's heroics that anything g he and Mark say to her are so second nature that for her it is normal. I like the tongue in cheek Teen Team. I feel that they are a slight tip of the hat to the teen titans. I can't wait to see what happens to Mark the next couple of story arcs.
Marcelo Sanchez
Me cayo plano y sobresimplificado.
Tengo entendido que mejora bastante, pero el primer volumen me tomó menos de una hora leerlo. Se sintió demasiado ligero y no pude preocuparme por nada ni por nadie.
El arte es simple, casi tosco. Los paneles se sienten del mismo modo. No me molestó, pero siento que es tan genérico. Que es esta misma generalidad lo que podría haberlo hecho especial.
Gwenn
I love the family dynamic. The mom is such a great lady. I like how it focuses mainly on the at home family rather than what the dad's out doing being a super hero.
I wish they had kept Atom Eve in her origional sketch costume, the one with pants, cause she looks just as sexy in it, but, you know, like it's a fucntional crime fighting outfit.

Anthony
After reading 16 volumes of The Walking Dead, I thought I'd give Kirkman's Superhero comic a try. It's good, but with Kirkman the enjoyment comes from sticking it for the long term. In this volume we're introduced to the characters, and get a sense of what Kirkman is trying to achieve. Invincible has obviously, and most likely intentional, similarities to popular superhero characters like Spider-man and Superman. This isn't necessarily a negative thing, it's more Kirkman using his love of these...more
Sam
It was more of a 3.5 out of 5. I got it for kindle for free from amazon and read it in about 20 minutes. I only picked it up (so to speak) because it was by Robert Kirkman, it was alright. It's about a kid in high school named Mark and his father is a superhero and he's just getting his powers. He takes down a few bad guys, checks out a suit. Everything you would expect from a superhero comic.
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