Comic Book Review: Invincible #133
The end to the last arc was simply heart-stopping. That was the point where I really came to be reminded that this was a Kirkman book. Only this man would go that kind of distance when **** does in fact hit the fan. It came with a bigger surprise when someone like myself wasn’t aware of this ability Eve had. Regardless of any of this, that story arc lit the fire Mark and his family needed for them to get back into doing what they do best. Fights like this you don’t simply hide from and for better or worse they are now ready to see this one through to the end.
Hard to imagine that ‘The End of All Things’ is the beginning of the end, as it sure does feel that way. After that confrontation with Thragg the question to come next was how Mark would deal with the fallout. This is a lot to take in after all. He and Even almost died, Oliver did die, and their daughter would have just perished in time having no one to look after her. I think that while what Mark does next is rash because of his emotions, this was the expression we have needed from him about things he actively chose to turn his head to. This was actually the first real emotion you could feel from him since the initial moment he made his return to this world. There was a number of ways in which you would have expected events to unfold upon Mark and Eve getting back into the fight, though this here packed a punch.
While Oliver’s death was unfortunate, this was that one time where you could say maybe there was necessity in loss for Thragg to really become the priority. Some might look at Kirkman as one of those who uses death as shock value or to get readers excited, but this was different. I feel like with Invincible he has managed to do these things within reason. The story only benefited from the right person falling victim to someone they should have been trying so much harder to take down.
What really draws you into the story arc here was the addressing of how Mark and Even view themselves as a part of this alliance against Thragg. If there’s one thing consistent about the Invincible Universe that sets it apart from other superhero universes, it is that there is a loose definition of what it means to be a hero. And even then fewer restrictions on what people are willing to do for the greater good which wasn’t the reality check you were expecting at the end of the issue.
Ryan Ottley is back on board for this final arc and he brings to the table a bit more of what I personally like from the artwork. Ottley has more form to his pencils and the way the characters look human. For a time like this his approach is preferable considering you need someone who has a stronger sense of expression. He brought that out in the anger from Mark, the grief from Allen, the heartbreak from Eve. There was emotion here that we needed to be sold on and it was all in the faces and the way they react to each other understanding now that Thragg is the one and only problem that needs to be dealt with. Aside from this, Mark and Eve getting back to everyone else did allow more opportunity for the art team to get creative again with the way these people dress. I have always admired the uniqueness that goes into the way what they wear represents them. Between Ottley and Fairbairn I liked that they get more detailed with Eve’s powers. Sometimes you want to get a little complex when showing a power like her which involves a lot of creating and destroying. In terms of Fairbairn’s colors, they are definitely more focused when working with Ottely. I would say this is because finer pencils and detail create more opportunity to get in-depth. Back on this planet he provided a wide variety of colors that just brought this world to life beyond what we got out of a scenic view on that planet before.
‘The End of All Things’ is going to break some hearts if this part one didn’t already. Invincible #133 sets the foundation for where these heroes need to be and still get themselves to if they want to accomplish the impossible. For a book that has run for the past thirteen years, Kirkman and this creative team prove that they are looking to give this a deserved end.