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

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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
Published September 1st 2003 by Image Comics (first published August 19th 2003)
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May 09, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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

Invincible has been on my list for years now, so i finally decided to give it a shot.

The story is pretty simple, Mark Grayson father came from a planet called Viltrum comes to Earth because he want to protect it and help develop Earth to a advanced level that the Viltrumites are on.
Over the course of time he meets a girl they get married and get a son Mark Grayson.

As Mark get older he starts to inherit his fathers powers such as super speed, super strength, enhanced durability and flight. As Mar
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
Jul 25, 2016 Jedhua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains Invincible issues #1-4.

Other Useful Reviews: Gavin's review and Sam Quixote's review


Family Matters opens with Invincible (i.e. a kid named Mark Grayson) averting disaster by throwing a suicide bomber into the air over Antarctica the before his bomb detonates. Rewinding four months prior, we learn that Mark is the son of extraterrestrial superhero Omni-Man (i.e. successful novelist Nolan Grayson) and stay-at-home wife Deborah Grayson. One afternoon, while on
Dec 21, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  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
'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.
Jan 21, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of superhero stories
Shelves: graphic-novels
There is a strong argument to be made for the smaller comic publishers, like Image, because they make comics that are so much more easily accessible, as there is one linear story line, and a clear entry point into said story line -- not decades and decades of reboots, retcons, re-imaginings, and halted and restarted runs with countless creative teams, which is synonymous with Marvel and DC properties.

Add in that this is the brainchild of Robert Kirkman, of The Walking Dead fame, and the high qua
Dec 26, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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

That was the equivalent of Vanilla Ice Cream. It actually manages to make Superpowers BORING.
The characters are just like "yup, I have powers, now what's for dinner?"
The mother/wife is in serious denial that her hubby and only child are both Supes.
The kid runs into a Teen super team, all but Teen Titans should come and sue for copyright infringement, as should Krypton.
This is so completely unimaginative I thought I fell asleep in the middle.
Absolutely coincidentally, the hot girl from the S
Jesse A
It's ok. No great shakes. Probably won't go out of my way to continue the series.
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
Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 20, 2015 Callie Rose Tyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
2 1/2 Stars

Meh. Generic with a side of dull.

As far as theme and plot, this is quite different from the Walking Dead, however Kirkman's dialogue continues to be awkward. It's nice to read a tone that's that isn't so suffocatingly melodramatic but I really don't think Kirkman has a clue when it comes to female characters.

I get what he was going for with a story that is both old-fashion superhero fun and tongue-in-cheek humor but this never rose above average for me.

As for the art Th
Dunno. It has potential, but then it has to show quick in the additional volumes. It certainly is not that revolutionary new superhero comic the intro made me belief.
Dec 11, 2011 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superheroes
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.
This is a straight-up traditional superhero origin story combined with elements of young adult.
A bit predictable but still enjoyable.
I’m actually looking forward to seeing what can come up after all the introductions and world building are done in this volume and all that’s left to explore is Mark’s following in his father’s footsteps or forging his own path.
Solid introduction.
Feb 17, 2016 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, ya
Mark Grayson is a pretty ordinary teen, with one big difference: his dad is a superhero from outer space. And now that Mark's hit puberty, he's starting to develop powers too.

The art is pretty good--clean lines, nice coloring, fairly recognizable characters, good renderings of action. The plot is pretty basic superheroing stuff. The tone is what sets this apart: Mark and his family take all the weirdness and awesomeness of superpowers totally in stride, and talk about getting kidnapped by aliens
Jul 26, 2016 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Invincible volume 1 is an okay start to the series. The concept and art is nice, if lacking detail. The writing is a bit simplistic and a lot happens with minimal explanation.
Christopher Mclean
I'm an absolute sucker for the all too common story of a teen hero finding their powers in a universe where superpowers are an accepted part of everyday life. Runaways, Young Avengers (Kate Bishop in particular), Sky High and Ultimate Spider-man are all among my favorites.

Invincible is Kirkmans take on this story, introducing Mark Grayson, essentially the son of superman, as he comes into his powers. Unfortunately while the book is a well written, enjoyable, light read it really doesn't offer an
Andrew Garvey
Jun 03, 2016 Andrew Garvey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As light, fluffy and brightly coloured as a comic that starts with it's superhero chucking a human bomb to his death over Antarctica can be, the first four issues of Invincible are an enjoyable, if unspectacular, read.

The story of a teenager discovering, and quickly using, the powers he inherited from his alien Dad, Omni-Man (the book's additional material makes clear he was originally called Supra-Man until some bright spark at Image remembered DC have lawyers) and hooking up with the awfully n
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
Feather Mista
Apr 12, 2014 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freaks como yo.
Recommended to Feather 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
Mar 02, 2016 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-omnibus
Here is another series that has been around for over 10 years, that I picked up.
In the first Volume which covers the first three issues, we meet Mark Grayson, high school student who develops the superpowers of his father Omni Man (from another planet, mother from Earth) and joins up with a teen group of superheroes to thwart a revenge plot where students are disappearing from the high school.

The plot is fairly typical, and I look forward in hoping that it grows in scope and depth.
Sep 10, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, image
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
Welson Chang
Mar 26, 2009 Welson Chang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm definitely intrigued by the setup. there's a good amount of humor, and the characters are casual about their superheroing in a way that feels fun and unique. I want to learn more about other characters before I make much of a judgement, especially Robot. Robot is very interesting.
Jesseb Brackett
Jun 05, 2015 Jesseb Brackett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great graphic with an engaging story and clever plot.
Josiah Holmes
Dec 17, 2015 Josiah Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really interested in this book a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It was recommended by a guy named Hector (@hectorisfunny on Instagram and Twitter, also a host on Superhero News on YouTube) who is a major fan of the series, and since I wanted to dive more into comics without relying heavily on the Marvel and DC standards, I decided to give this one a shot. I've been reading a few indies here and there, and they've been really great. This one doesn't disappoint either ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Gregory rated it liked it
Invincible is the offspring of an alien super hero and his Earthly wife. Invincible is starting to develop his powers just as abductions start to happen at his High School. Invincible teams up with other teenage heroes to fix the problem before it goes any further. Since this is Volume 1, most of the time is spent developing the world. Image Comics has a big disadvantage here because it doesn't have the built in mythology that DC and Marvel do. Invincible isn't just the newest hero in a well dev ...more
May 23, 2008 matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
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
Sep 03, 2014 John Mccubbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of ...more
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