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Invincible: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 (Invincible Ultimate Collection #1)

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Get in on the ground floor! This massive hardcover collects the first 13 issues of Robert Kirkman's Eisner-Nominated super-hero, along with all the extras from the first three trade paperback volumes and even more on top of that! Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 1 is a can't-miss for anyone who's wanted to start reading Invincible, but needed an easier way to st...more
Hardcover, Invincible Ultimate Collection, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Image Comics (first published August 2005)
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Ronyell
Invincible

Brief Introduction:

For a long time now, I had always believed that the only comic book companies that created superhero comics were Marvel and DC and it is true that they have been creating superhero comics for many years now. However, when I found Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s latest creation and Eisner Award nominated series “Invincible” from Image comics; I was actually shocked that an independent comic book company would produce a superhero comic! “Invincible” is a superhero comic book t...more
Holden Attradies
I am VERY glad I started this series here in the Ultimate collection. Kirkman has a way of writing that suits these larger collections well, but not the smaller TPB's. The formula I see in his writing is to make you feel the story is moving along in a very predictable way, especially for the genre he's writing in, and make the story just slow and dull enough for a stretch that you the reader are almost about to put the series down out of boredom, and then WAM! Hit you with an amazing plot twist...more
Federiken Masters
Vamos a hacer mi típica reseña berreta, copipasteando casi todo lo que dije del primer tomo:
"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 sumomento no dieron para más y los resucitan a los tumbos para ver si recuperan su vieja gloria (Barry y Hal según Jo...more
James
Robert Kirkman answers the question that has plagued comic book nerds for decades: what if Peter Parker became Superman?

That's obviously a massive oversimplification, but it's roughly the premise of this series, which I am enjoying quite a lot lately. And I'm reading it in this oversized "ultimate" hardcover edition because . . . well, just because.

Kirkman is great at plotting and dialogue and . . . you know, all the things that make people want to buy oversized "ultimate" hardcover editions to...more
Kat Ritchie
This is a truly amazing comic series. It's hilarious, it's clever, it's beautiful, and it's all in one massive volume. (Okay, eight massive Ultimate volumes, but I digress.) A very worthwhile read, good as a starting point if you've never read any superhero stories, but also good if you know and love the heroes of other worlds. Look out for some tribute characters and some leg pulling.

Invincible is the main character, a school kid who develops superpowers; apparently not a rare occurrence in hi...more
Marcus Gipps
Again, I was given free copies of volumes 2 & 3 of this series – obviously someone thought I’d enjoy Kirkman’s work (this series is written by the author of the Walking Dead comics). Again, it took me ages to get around to reading them, mainly because I didn’t see much point in starting in media res. Eventually, on a dull day, I picked up vol 2, had a go and really enjoyed it. Obviously volume 3 then followed, which was also very good, so it made sense for me to pick up the first volume at s...more
Brandon
This has been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I read it over Spring Break.

Invincible is a new teen superhero whose dad fits into the Superman archetype, except this time Superman has a mustache and he goes by Omni-Man.

Kirkman uses several different archetypes throughout the series to varying degrees of success, and the best way I could describe the first volume, consisting of the issues 1-13, is Astro City meets Ultimate Spider-Man. Mark Grayson gains his super powers and wastes little time...more
Carlos
Al rebufo de Watchmen, los tebeos de superhéroes se han ido volviendo cada vez más sesudos. Tenemos el superhéroe político de Marvel; tenemos al superhéroe atormentado de DC; tenemos las salvajadas de Wildstorm. Al leer superhéroes daban más ganas de escribir un ensayo que de pasar un rato. Quizá con la excepción de los primeros y salvajes Authority, ya no quedaba diversión.
Entonces Robert Kirkman se saca de la manga un superhéroe divertido, como los de antes. Un adolescente con una vida de adol...more
Nicole
Woo! Really enjoying this series. Seemed very bland at the beginning - stories about teenagers with cool-but-incovenient superpowers are a dime-a-dozen - but now that the backstory is out of the way and we have some conflict going (eeeeeevil dad! girl with superpowers scorned!) I am excited to read the next installment.

I am not a comics expert, but the art is very appealing to me, except for the bloody parts (I'm not anti-gore, they just come out looking like ketchup). Really exciting and yet cl...more
Casey Malone
Really great characters and dialog, with some of the most elegant world building I've seen in comics. Kirkman manages to create a whole universe for these characters to play in without you even noticing he's doing it until you're already fully immersed.

Unfortunately, he couples that with some INTENSELY violent and gory scenes. It's a complete disconnect, seeing this brightly colored cartoon that reads like standard superhero tale take a downward spiral into consequence free extreme violence, es...more
Meredith
Aug 13, 2014 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: gn
I concur with DP: "so fun"
Plague Jack
THIS WILL BE MY REVIEW FOR THE SERIES SO FAR

Thanks to Hollywood I can honestly say I am fucking sick and tired of superheroes.

With that out of the way, it's thanks to Invincible that I haven't given up on the genre.

Invincible takes all the best parts of comics, pulpy sci-fi, and fantasy and wraps them all into one gorgeously illustrated package. I fucking love this series and here is why.

Humor: There is a lot of humor in Invincible, both physical and situational. Often the most hilarious momen...more
Justin Lee
I must say this graphic novel surprised me. It took a genre and a story we all know and love and did unique things with it. It takes the readers' knowledge of superhero comics and uses it against them. Kirkman does a brilliant job setting up his universe. He gives the reader something to grab onto- something fun, something interesting. What if Superman married Louis Lane, had a baby, then moved the suburbs? That's how Kirkman frames the story. He then decides to slowly twist it. He takes it to s...more
Alx_zero
Divertido, fresco, autoconsciente y carismático. Así se puede resumir el primer volumen de Invencible, una introducción perfectamente orquestrada sobre este superhéroe adolescente. No faltan las sorpresas que dejan con la boca abierta, ni algunas salidas de tono en cuanto a violencia que sorprenden por su contundencia. Un buen cómic sobrado de personalidad, algo curioso teniendo en cuenta lo manido del género. Imprescindible echarle un vistazo.
Shaun
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Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
What I know about Invincible before reading: It’s by Robert Kirkman who also wrote The Walking Dead (which I love). And I thought it was canceled…apparently not. Right?

Thoughts after reading the first issue: It’s about a family with a normal mom, a superhero dad and a nice kid in high school who is coming into his super powers. He gets his superhero suit and calls himself Invincible.

It didn’t seem all that awe inspiring. At this point I’m not sure why my husband and his buddies are all “Invincib...more
Vicki Essex
Having heard I was a giant comic book nerd, a friend lent this to me sometime ago, and I just finished it. Mark is the son of one the world’s greatest superheroes. He lives a pretty typical high schooler’s life until the day he develops powers of his own. Actually, life doesn’t change that much. He goes through his usual routine of school, girls, saving the world without much fanfare as the superhero Invincible. For most of the book, actually, it seems there isn’t a thing he can’t handle. Until...more
Sarah
This series starts off as yet another sueprhero teen story, a fun read to be sure but unremarkable. In fact what is remarkable about this book is how unremarkable it is. It covers mundane things like the proper laundry cycle for a superhero suit or how to plan dinner when you don't know if your husband will be off fighting an alien horde. It's not exceptional, but its pretty neat.

It also has a unique, if blase, relationship to violence. Unlike a lot of superhero comics where they save everyone...more
George
If there was such a thing as 3 ½ stars Invincible would get it. That’s mostly because of the art – let’s just say the art isn’t great and leave it at that. But the story – ah yes, the story. Invincible isn’t satire, because Kirkman obviously loves superhero comics. Maybe homage is a better word. The text is full of little jokes and twists that readers of superhero comics will instantly recognize. We’ve all seen the main character slip away from his friend to fight the giant robot and – upon retu...more
Hassinger


Invincible (Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1) is not a bad book, per se... but for a story centered on super heroes, it is surprisingly ordinary.
The overall story is fine and sensible, but it is neither thrilling nor horrifying nor uplifting nor thought-provoking. A fair bit of time is wasted on developing Mark's "I'm just your average high-schooler with ONE little difference" image, which is a pity, since it has been done quite enough times already.
Writer Kirkman works in a few very memorable come...more
Jason Bloom
Robert Kirkman and Corey Walker (not to forget colorist Bill Crabtree and artist Ryan Ottley) do an excellent job recreating and reinventing some worn-out superhero tropes with Invicible, a coming of age story of a young man whose father is an honest-to-goodness superhero, Omni-Man. Like Superman, he is an alien from another planet who comes to Earth voluntarily and ends up saving the planet on countless occasions from threats large and small. Teaming up with other superheroes, he rounds out a B...more
logankstewart
I'd never heard of Invincible until my friend Alex introduced the comic to me. An Image imprint, and written by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, I was interested. Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 collects issues #1-#13 of the series, spanning over 400 pages in a beautifully illustrated hardcover edition.

Mark Grayson is a seemingly normal American teenager. He goes to high school, where his biggest concerns are girls and class. He works a part-time job at a local fast-food join...more
Wallace
Invincible begins as a very simple superhero/coming-of-age story, prone to making direct references to other comic books and generally making liberal and light-hearted use of the dynamics established in other power fantasies. Our hero Invincible is appropriately unbeatable physically, and he also is surprisingly mature and well-adjusted, so generally the core conflict does not come from his battles or even teenage angst like the early Peter Parker. As a result the first few issues seem a little...more
Todd
This starts off seemingly pretty generic. The first 6 issues are absolutely something you've seen before if you've read enough teenage origin stories. Then about issue 7 the story gets good and at least somewhat original.

Mark has the most generic powers ever. He could seriously be called "Generic PowerBoy" and I'd know exactly what his power set is.

The art changes halfway through the series but the change is subtle enough that it's not jarring and I actually end up preferring the later art.
Jenny
Invincible is a comic compilation which takes on common comic themes (especially that of the Superman, DC-wise, and otherwise) and twists them into something even more addicting to read. Robert Kirkman (writer of The Walking Dead) creates characters that are well fleshed out, dialogue that is realistic, and panels are all drawn simplistically, but fitting, in an interesting style throughout the compilation.

At the beginning it may seem as though it's following a superhero formula, since the prota...more
Brian
This volume contains the first year or so of Invincible, but really I just need the latter half as I'd read the first half already.

It's hard to talk about this volume given the events of issue 7. They really set up the rest of the book and it'd be a spoiler to talk specifics. (I know there is a spoiler checkbox, but I'd rather someone read this, if anyone ever did, than be warned off by spoilers.)

That being said, I really like the character of Invincible as well as the supporting cast, particula...more
Jonathan Schildbach
Good stuff here, although I think I may have been exposed to a bit too much hype, which lessened my enjoyment of it at least a little. Still, it's pretty fun, sort of a tongue-in-cheek take on a standard superhero-coming-of-age story until various big plot twists are revealed. In the mean time, there are lots of difficulties with aliens from other worlds and other dimensions, giant monsters from who-knows-where, supervillains, and trying to figure out if Invincible is or isn't dating/in love wit...more
Jdetrick
A great comic, although a little rough around the edges, particularly in the first half dozen issues. The art is a little sloppy, as is the copy editing and the dialogue is a little stilted. Things improve as the series progresses, and the plots are always strong and the characters interesting.
Craig Crecelius
I'm hooked. I will be reading as many of these Ultimate Collections as I can get my hands on. They had me after the big twist in #7 (I think it was 7?) I just loved it. The world is really rich and full of interesting characters. It reads like a love letter to super hero comics. The colors and the lettering are incredible and really make things pop! Excellent comic!
Joe
Wow. Not typically a super-hero comic kinda guy, but this is fantastic. It pokes fun at itself, satisfies expected norms in comforting ways, and also inverts a bunch of expectations. Really loved the subtle wit and great writing. Can't wait to continue through this series.
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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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