‘Invincible’ elevates superhero genre

Animated comic-book series dives deep


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Ben Sanford

Starting the first episode of “Invincible” I had no idea what to expect, but just 40 minutes into the series I was hooked. The show is graphic, violent and creative as it deconstructs popular tropes found in other superhero movies. “Invincible” is a fantastic action series for anyone looking to binge a show in a day.

“Invincible” follows Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), the son of a Superman-esc hero, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). When the famous Guardians of the Globe are brutally murdered, leaving Omni-Man badly injured, other heroes, including Mark with his newfound powers must learn to protect Earth. However, the looming mystery of who killed the Guardians of the Globe continues to endanger the protagonists of the show. 

The gore within the series is more intense than anything I’ve seen in an animated show. Although it can be quite overwhelming at times, the violence forces the audience to empathize with the weight of what Mark and other heroes are going through. The action is always shocking, which kept me fascinated throughout the show.

One of the major relationships highlighted in the series is that of Mark and his father. Their dynamic is both nuanced and unique. It is painful to watch the characters evolve over the course of the show as Mark discovers new truths.

“Invincible” accomplishes many things within its first eight episodes. It creates complex characters, a distinct tone and a compelling plot, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the series.


“Invincible”: ★★★★☆