The first three episodes of Invincible were released on Amazon Prime Video at the same time before settling into a weekly schedule. After reviewing the pilot, I watched the next two episodes in advance of the episode 4. While the pilot focused on introducing Invincible and (spoiler alert!) shockingly slaughtering the Invincible universe equivalent of the Justice League, the next two episodes are able to take some time to add new characters. If you’ve read the comic the show is based on, you know this is a good thing.
INVINCIBLE the comic has a rich universe of heroes and villains and I was excited to see many of my favorites make an appearance. While the main superheroes are dead, Invincible gets to meet the series’ version of the Teen Titans. These characters have some of the cheesiest, yet coolest superhero names ever – Rex-plode, Repli-kate, Atom Eve. As is the case with Invincible, they sport bright color schemed outfits that belie some of the gory violence of the show.
INVINCIBLE is animated, but that doesn’t mean it is for kids. There is cursing and a ton of graphic violence. Like, people ripped in half violence. The second episode features a pretty neat action sequence that shifts the point of view to Invincible as he begins his journey as a superhero. There’s an interesting contrast between his youthful enthusiasm and the carnage around him.
In addition to the violence, the show packs in some complex storylines. Characters are introduced and darker mysteries are teased (like the end of the pilot which has yet to be resolved). Throw in some love life issues and this is a show with layers to peel back.
As a fan of the source material, I’ve been quite impressed with the series so far. It has managed to feel fresh while staying true to the comic, making it a great adaptation for those who are familiar with the source material. At the same time, it has done a good job laying the foundation and establishing the universe to make it accessible for new viewers. If you don’t mind a little animated gory violence in your superhero show, INVINCIBLE is worth a watch.
The first three episodes of INVINCIBLE are now available on Amazon Prime Video. Check back soon for my thoughts on episode 4 of the series.
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