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Review – Invincible #77

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Invincible #77 coverI’ve heard fantastic things about Invincible, but can’t say I’ve ever read an issue.  But, after reading this first issue, I’m tempted to start from the beginning.  Written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) the series features the over the top violence I’d expect, but also this issue shows the smart writing I’d expect from him.  The art from Ryan Ottley adds to the quality of the comic.

THE FINAL STAND! It’s all come to this: The fate of all life on Earth is at stake. If Invincible loses… Wait, Invincible can’t lose… Can he?

The comic is over the top violent, but there’s these quiet moments that are interspersed that add a bit of humanity to it all.  We’re also given a feint.  Expecting all hell to break loose, our hero is given a choice.  The second half of the comic is about brute force versus relative peace and planning.

For my first ever reading of this comic, I have to say I’m impressed and totally understand what the hype is all about.  So much so, I think I’m going to go back to the beginning and see what I’ve missed.

Plot: Robert Kirkman is a master writer who can mix horrific acts with flashes of humanity.  This end to what was an event shows it all.  Brutal fights with dismemberment and blood and also quiet moments of discussions, that’s the meat and potatoes of this issue.  And I liked it.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Ottley’s art is fantastic.  There’s some great cartoony violence, but in general the style just fits the comic book.  The characters are pretty unique, and for the most part look distinctive.  Top notch stuff.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: The comic series has been praised and to be 77 issues in and still be solid, is impressive.  This might have been my first Invincible issue I’ve ever read, but it certainly won’t be the last.  Overall rating: 8.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99     Release: 2/2/11

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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