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Creators: Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker
Stars: Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh
Synopsis: Animated series based on the Skybound/Image comic about a teenager whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet.
This review covers a non-spoiler overview of episodes 1-3.
It feels like it’s been ages since we have received a recent day animated superhero series. And I’m glad that Invincible is here to fill that void. In the past, we have had shows like The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice, and cult classics like Batman The Animated Series but we have not had a show that is as interesting or engaging as Invincible.
To start off this show covers the basics of what it means to be a hero but on a deeper level. Invincible prides itself on the harsh reality of what it means to be a symbol of peace for society. Invincible is not your average by the numbers series. The first 3 episodes set up the world in an absorbing way with much left to be discovered.
This show is not for everyone. Much like Amazon’s live-action superhero series The Boys, this series contains intense violence and other mature content. That is one thing I was not expecting with this show however it is a nice breath of fresh air. And the run times will meet most people’s expectations. The cast is stack and few voice actors caught me by surprise.
The only issue I have with the series thus far is the pacing. I feel like we are in one scene that lasts a day and then before you know it 3 weeks have passed in the next. It has gotten a bit better as the story moves along but I was surprised how much time was compress especially since the first 3 episodes hover around 40-45 min long.
Final: Invincible is a breath of fresh air in the animated superhero genre. It has a lot of heart and is engaging but most importantly it shows the trials and tribulations of being a symbol of peace. The series is set to premiere the first three episodes on March 26th on Amazon video.
My Score: A-