TV Review: Invincible (Amazon Prime)

Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s epic super-hero saga comes to TV in an epic animated show. Invincible ran for issues and told the amazing story of Mark Grayson, the son […]

Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s epic super-hero saga comes to TV in an epic animated show.

Invincible ran for issues and told the amazing story of Mark Grayson, the son of Earth’s greatest hero Omni-Man, and how he steps out of his father’s shadow and comes into his own. The amazing thing about the series was all the comic book tropes that it broke down, like learning how to land after flying and the true cost of violence.

Now Amazon Prime has taken this comic and turned it into an incredible animated series. It is an adaptation of the source material, but it’s pretty true to the comics. Nice pacing to the story. As I stated before one of the main things of this story is just breaking down the tropes. Actions have consequences and that seems to be one of the themes here. 

Another theme is the relationship between fathers and sons. It’s actually touching at times.

The animation really does look like artist Cory Walker’s art. I found that extremely impressive.

Steven Yeun plays the lead character Mark Grayson, AKA, Invincible. Yeun just nails Mark. Just turning 18 and not just dealing with normal high school stuff, but now having to live up to the greatest hero, while trying to come into your own.

J.K. Simmons plays Omni-Man, the Superman archetype. Simmons just plays this quiet calm version and it really works.

Sandra Oh rounds out the cast has Debbie Grayson. Mark’s mom and Omni-Man’s wife. All three do a great job playing off of each other.

But the supporting cast is just as impressive: Zazie Beetz, Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, Zachary Quinto, Walton Goggins. Just a huge amount of talent here.

Bottom line this was a great episode. I was able to 3 episodes and I’m hooked. I can’t wait to see more.

Many thanks to Amazon Prime for letting me check this out!

Invincible premiers on Amazon Prime on March 26!

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.