Invincible Season 1 Review

Invincible Season 1 Review

This is a spoiler-free review for Season 1 of Invincible, which is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Invincible was always going to be a tricky show to pull off. Based on the early-2000s Image comic by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker, the Amazon Prime adult animated series enters a media landscape that’s markedly different from two decades ago. Its three-episode premiere, while intriguing, seemed unable to strike the right tone with its animated gore, especially since the show takes a straight-faced approach to its satirical source material. The whole endeavor felt less like a response to the existing superhero zeitgeist — the way the comics were at the time — and more like just another cookie-cutter cape story with a few violent flourishes. However, the show began to find its footing as it went on, one episode at a time. By the time the first season reached its eighth and final entry, it managed to convincingly earn its Season 2 and 3 renewal, going out on an incredible high note, thanks to both its unique action and its character-centric gravitas. All in all, it’s pretty great. [poilib element=”poll” parameters=”id=88ee8daa-1840-4edc-acec-8cf6b5f6a1fb”] The show, like the comic, doesn’t play coy about its Marvel and DC influences. Lead character Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) spends much of the season caught up in Spider-Man-esque dilemmas, as a high schooler spread thin between his civilian and superhero lives. To add to his already full plate, he also happens to be the son of Omni-Man/Nolan Grayson (J.K. Simmons), a mustached Superman archetype. When Mark finally begins manifesting abilities of his own, he takes up the mantle of Invincible and begins finding his way as a novice crime-fighter. However, in this world, superheroes are a dime a dozen — in fact, several of the show’s characters are based on the designs of the Justice League — and Omni-Man, the world’s strongest and most famous superhero, casts an incredibly long shadow. For Mark, it would appear that with great power comes great expectations. If the premise sounds as simple as “What if Spider-Man was Superman’s son?” then a major reveal at the end of the first episode complicates matters sufficiently. The show, it turns out, is also a murder mystery of sorts. It ropes a number of colorful characters into its steadily unfolding plot, from part-Rorschach, part-Hellboy demon detective Damian Darkblood (Clancy Brown), to duplicitous…
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