Title: Invincible Ultimate Collection Vol 7
Author/Illustrators: Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn FCO Plascenicia
As promised the follow up review for the next book in the Invincible series, and I’ll start off with saying “Wow”. There is so much packed into this one book that it is hard to believe and with that in mind I’m not sure where I stand on this installment. Don’t get me wrong this was another great book and I enjoyed it, the art is fabulous as always and everything was vibrant and it popped but there was so much and it’s just I don’t know maybe too much in some ways and in others I just – I don’t know.
This time I’m going to be diving right into the spoilers of the previous books and so if you don’t want to know you want to go read the books and then come back. Again as always you have been warned. So Book 7 is the Viltrumite war as promised and so much more. We are given action right off and the book flows more like a movie than a comic book I know both are visual media but I think the way the war effort was presented would be better on a big screen rather than in comic book format, particularly when the title character is not in action for a good portion of the story. I won’t tell you why that is the case as that is for you to read. It was a good read, and it was neat getting to know Oliver and Mark’s dad a bit more but at the same time it read a little flat after the action as we prepared for the war. That isn’t to say it wasn’t important to see it, it was needed to see the preparation it gave it a sense of reality. Again visual audio media might have been more gripping than just images on a page but that is simply my opinion.
Anyway the action picks up and Mark comes back into play. I will start by saying this is probably the most bloody of the books considering that this is a war and really how things progress and the conclusion of the war was really unique and it was kind of exciting to me because there is so much potential for future stories and really it was interesting, I really liked the imagery that went with it as well. This gets us only halfway through the book and then things become a little episodic with small things here and there but at the same time these small things are of epic size and portions. It was weird to me and it was different. I think it was probably good in the overarching story to go with episodic moments instead of crafting such a large story as the series has been doing things for a while. The characters deal with emotions from the war and it is true to human nature but it is certainly lacking in emotion. In conjunction with this Mark is continuing to deal with the idea of who he is and what he will and won’t do – how far he is willing to go and the guilt of all the lives lost because of his failures and his actions. Really, in a lot of ways Mark’s story bored me a little bit but it makes senses at the same time.
I will admit, that for me the most interesting part of the story was Robot now known as Rex and Monster Girl and what their alluded story is all about, something I very much want to learn about more because there is a lot of issues and emptions involved with that, but not much was alluded to. I think the most bothersome and disappointing part of this latest installment was the end, it left it sort of flat and open, what Mark is doing makes sense and I like but everyone’s reactions at the same though in character just seems crazy and really it doesn’t leave a promise for a whole lot of action and I just have no clue what the next book will hold. I always had thoughts and ideas and I was always left clamoring for more wanting to know what happens next but not this time. Sure I’m curious and I want to know and when I can get my hands on the next installment I’ll pick it up to read but it won’t be agony to wait for the first few days/weeks after finishing the book like it usually is in the past.
With everything in mind, I will say the story is still good I still love invincible and there were some great moments but not enough to push this book past a 3 out of 5 pages. Really this was a lot like the middle story in a trilogy a lot of stuff that needed to happen but not a whole lot to it. Not to say the Viltrumite War conclusion wasn’t action enough but the war itself was maybe 1/3 of the book as the rest was the resolution and repercussions and one off stories that will I’m sure lead to bigger and better things in further installments.