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Invincible
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"What will happens if we screwed our show and puts it on Terrible Shows Wiki? THINK MARK!
Genre: Superhero
Action
Adventure
Drama
Thriller
Running Time: 42-49 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 26, 2021 - present
Network(s): Amazon Prime Video
Created by: Robert Kirkman
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Starring: Steven Yeun
Sandra Oh
J.K. Simmons
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 8


Invincible is an American adult animated superhero streaming television series created by Robert Kirkman for Amazon Prime Video. Based on the comic book of the same name by Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, it follows the story of Mark Grayson, a 17-year old boy whose father is Omni-Man, and his transformation into a superhero under the guidance of his father.

The series premiered on March 26, 2021. On April 29, 2021, Amazon renewed the series for a second and third season.

Summary

Mark Grayson is a normal teenager, except for the fact that his father, Nolan, is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and enters into his father's tutelage to become the superhero known as "Invincible". However, after a terrible tragedy strikes, things go horribly downhill as Mark's life takes a complete turn.

Why It's Invincible

  1. Amazing and beautiful animation with significant attention to detail, especially in the fight scenes.
  2. Awesome and colorful art-style that's very evocative of Saturday Morning Cartoons.
  3. Much like The Boys, this show is incredibly faithful to the comic book it's based on.
  4. Excellent visuals and special effects.
  5. It faithfully adapts the issues of the comics, unlike many comic adaptations.
  6. Astonishingly exhilarating action sequences and combat scenes, which are absolutely thrilling to watch and push the limit of typical superhero action to its furthest extreme.
  7. In a similar vein to BoJack Horseman, the show takes itself seriously in a good way and is effective in deconstructing and reconstructing the superhero genre at the same time.
  8. The tone works well, balancing out drama, tragedy, and a few funny moments that add to the levity in a spectacular manner.
  9. Exceptionally well-written story that effectively and realistically portrays the potential joys and horrors of being a superhero. Due to the show being created by Robert Kirkman (who is also the creator of the comics), the show faithfully adapts dialogue from the comics, similar to The Walking Dead, another one of Kirkman’s shows.
  10. The characters are extremely compelling and amazing, with Invincible and Omni-Man being particular stand-outs as well as the original Guardians of the Globe (The Immortal, War Woman, Darkwing, Red Rush, Green Ghost, Martian Man, and Aquarus).
  11. Incredibly awesome soundtrack composed by John Paesano.
  12. Amazing sound design.
  13. Superb editing.
  14. The opening title card is amazingly well-done, starting off clean and then becoming more and more bloody as the series progresses with increasingly dramatic music playing in the background, referencing the story becoming increasingly darker and more violent throughout the course of each episode.
  15. Absolutely enormous and impressive ensemble cast that reunites several actors from The Walking Dead, numerous Marvel and DC productions, Generator Rex, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra and others.
  16. Staying true to the source material, the show isn't afraid of showing incredibly brutal and gruesome deaths, and is filled to the brim with extraordinarily obscene amounts of extremely graphic and bloody violence, tons of gore and massive amounts of blood and guts, all of which manage to actually make the show much more graphically violent and bloodier than the comic book while still keeping its spirit, which is something quite unusual for a comic book adaptation.
  17. Marvelous voice acting and performances, with Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons and Sandra Oh giving their all alongside the other actors of the cast.
    • Also, it is nice for Ezra Miller to voice act as D.A. Sinclair, given this is his first time to voice act, and it works.
    • Seth Rogen was a decent casting choice for Allen the Alien (depending on your view).
  18. The way the show builds suspense is nothing short of masterful.
  19. Lots of well-executed shocking moments throughout the series, such as the absolutely and unexpectedly messy massacre of the Guardians of the Globe, the Flaxan genocide, the reveal of the Viltrumites' true nature, the brutal fight between Invincible and Omni-Man, and the subway train massacre.
  20. There are many powerful emotional moments, such as the Guardians' funeral and Omni-Man realizing that he almost killed his own son Invincible at the very end of their fight, which leads to him leaving Earth in tears of remorse.
  21. It teaches a good lesson about how harsh life can be.
  22. Like Harley Quinn, Lobo, and Todd McFarlane's Spawn, this show proves that adult animated superhero shows can work well if executed properly.
  23. It serves as a good satire on superhero shows and films altogether, all in a similar vein to One Punch Man and My Hero Academia.
  24. Heaps of iconic lines throughout the show, such as “That’s the neat thing. You don’t”, “Finally! Some action!”, “Look what they need just to mimic a fraction of our power” , “You Dad, I’d still have you” and, of course, the iconic “THINK MARK!".

The Only Bad Quality

  1. The characters can be a bit flawed at times, and some can be flat-out unlikable, like Amber, who becomes a self-centered hypocrite towards Mark even after he revealed his identity to her.

Reception

Invincible has received widespread acclaim from critics, audiences, and fans of the comics, with praise for its animation, voice acting, action sequences, story, and faithfulness to the comics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a critical approval rating of 98% as well as an audience rating of 91%.

On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews", while the user score is at 8.5, indicating "universal acclaim". It also has an overall 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.

Trivia

  • The show has spawned various internet memes, such as "THINK MARK, THINK!" and "That’s the neat part, you don’t".
  • Todd, the former bully of Nolan/Invincible in the show might be based on an unnamed bully harassing a glasses-wearing student named Steve White in the first issue.

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