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

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  5,954 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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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All 5 stars, because it just doesn't get any better!


I saw Robert Kirkman, and I was like, Isn't that The Walking Dead guy?
And, yeah, I've read (and liked) TWD, but I'd rather read about capes 'n tights.
And everyone knows that indie titles suck when it comes to making superhero comics, right?

So I was only a few issues into this when my son grabbed it and took off.
I've learned over the years that it's easier (on me) to just find something else to read, than try to get my comics back from a t

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
3.5 stars.

I must admit I was expecting a bit more from this.

The good things...l like the artwork, there are a great array of characters and there are some good in jokes within the story that link up other comic universes i.e. Star Trek + the justice league. Luckily they are scarce.

The bad... Kirkman doesn't spend enough time developing characters around invincible (Mark). Too many characters come and go without real backstory. I felt like the whole story was fast. It just whizzed by.

The good
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is maybe the best superhero anything I've read in a long time. I'm probably super late into reading this comic, but figured I'd join the fun. And I will repeat fun. As of the first volume, there are a lot of things I liked about Invincible and just a few things I didn't like. I basically stopped reading DC and Marvel books (for several reasons), so I wanted to find superhero book I could enjoy. Looking at previews and reading some brief character bios, I was sold. Overall I enjoyed this.

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
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
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
Alexandria Luttke
This is an introduction to the superhero Invincible; he is a teenage boy discovering what it means to be a intergalactic crime fighter. Interestingly, this book was loaned to me by a student. Thank you Kyle for introducing me to Invincible, I am energized by the colors and visuals of the comic. I also love the blended storyline of Invincible's superhero fighting with his teenage development. The twists are mind boggling and I recommend everyone give this comic a change - you'll become addicted!
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
This is one of my guilty pleasures; it has lots of blood and gore and all the women have chests that stick out unrealistically and there are muscles galore. I like the premise; it starts with the teen boy hero discovering that he has superpowers, like his dad! His parents are good people and I like them a lot. Then it turns into a soap opera. His dad... well... there are reasons why he has superpowers and why he's on Earth, and it's not because he originally wanted to be there. The boy hero has ...more
M Crocker
Being frustrated with my obsession and love of DC comics my co-worker was determined to get me into something less main stream and deposited a rather large black book that was about 400 long. It sat on my desk for weeks looming at me as it would not quite fit in my desk drawer. I was hesitant and I glanced at it and found it to be something that was passable and quite possibly not my cup of tea. Yet knowing full well I couldn’t just shove it back to him I finally had a bit of time and decided to ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I concur with DP: "so fun"
Plague Jack

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
Willem van den Oever
Things aren’t easy for Mark Grayson.
Acne, homework, a crappy job and trying to make contact with the prettiest girl in the class; being a high school student can be difficult.
The only thing which makes Mark’s life stand apart from all the other kids of his generation, is that his father originates from the planet Viltrum and is Earth’s most powerful superhero. And Mark, whose life was already complicated enough, has just discovered he has inherited his father’s super powers.

With “Invincible” , w
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.
A nice read that plays on a lot of comic book tropes (teenage superhero finding his powers and balancing that against his personal life, team-ups, etc.) and plays with some others in a not overly crude way (most notably the Guardians of the Globe. It also makes a few jabs at the comics industry and itself (especially when Mark talks to the author of his favorite comic book).
It takes a pretty unexpected turn and really comes into its own a story rather than a parody of super hero comics. The last
Nov 26, 2014 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Will Neaves
I just finished Invincible 1, and...Wow? I don't know what to say! I didn't actually have a very favourable opinion of it for the most part, thinking it a bit of a clumsy teen super-hero series. Had I picked up the TPB, I certainly wouldn't have continued reading. It had some neat pop-culture references, and nods to the super-hero genre as a whole, but it didn't feel like it was going anywhere truly interesting. It felt more like a slice of life teen story more than anything.

And then I started n
Oliver Bateman
Surprisingly epic and incredibly readable. Page-turning superheroics have rarely been better. I was prepared to hate this series, but I couldn't.
James DeSantis
From a 2 star comic at the start to a fucking 5. Amazing pick up, great twist (That don't feel forced) and wonderful character development.
M.A. Ray
I really love this. Starts out as a light, and delightful, superhero book before twisting dark. Great writing, good art.
G.G. Donnahue
My first 3 star. At times this got off to a rocky start and the humor could be a little on-the-nose in places. I liked the idea of the coming to age story and it went in a lot of good directions. But the moves it made to carry along the plot tended to be a little obvious and predictable. Maybe part of the reason for that was because I believe it was meant to be something of a parody/homage to comic book stories. But even so, it could have strayed a little more off the written path.

Drawing style
Don't know why it took me so long to read this. All the hype is true. It's great - story, characters, pacing.
I'm a huge fan of the Walking Dead so it didn't take much to convince me to try Kirkman's other work. My favorite superhero has always been Spider-man and this reminds me a lot of how I used to feel reading that book. He deals with the same problems and has to figure out all of this superhero stuff as a kid. The fact that it is it's own seperate universe really helps to draw me in as I can paint a new canvas instead of smudging up a 20 year old one. I think my favorite part are all of the cameos ...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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