August 12 - 15, 2021

Orange County Convention Center

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SUPERHEROES, SUPERVIOLENT, SUPERWEIRD, & SUPERGREAT

If you didn’t already know, the Invincible comic series was written by Robert Kirkman, the same guy who wrote ‘The Walking Dead’ graphic novel series. Kirkman has a talent for creating captivating storylines with effective character development – his trademark stamp is the overt gore – which, personally, I’m a fan of. Invincible does more than challenge the conventional depictions of superhero-esque media. It illustrates a robust storyline with relatable characters and without the budget constraints of a live-action adaptation – and if you’ve seen the show, you know what I mean.  

I went into this not knowing anything about the comics or the heroes shown, and now I’m dying to see them back for season two. Guts, glory, and all.  

Episode 1 Shock

What a mind-blowing first episode (literally). We were introduced to our roster of main characters from Debbie, Omni-Man, Invincible, Cecil, and, who we thought were going to be the focal point of the show, Guardians of the Globe. This is where it gets a little more complicated…   

During the whole episode, we’re treated to some fun character backstories featuring Mark Grayson AKA Invincible, and his parents Debbie Grayson and Nolan Grayson AKA Omni-Man. Mark is eager to discover his new powers while navigating the tumultuous journey of high school. In another part of the country, after a mission to defeat a pair of cloned super villains, The Guardians of the Globe are alerted back to home base to find they have been ambushed by…wait for it… OMNI-MAN?! Yeah, take that in for a second. If you didn’t read like comics like me, you wouldn’t have expected the kind, nurturing father figure to literally go ape-**** on our would-be main characters – but he does.   

What I love about the integration of these characters is that they’re voiced by many fan favorites of The Walking Dead televised series, such as Lauren Cohan, Ross Marquand, Sonequa Martin-Green, Chad Coleman, Lennie James, and Michael Cudlitz. It’s only poetic that Kirkman would bring them back just to die more brutally than they did in the show. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. THEY. ALL. DIED. Every last one of them (The Immortal, kinda, sorta), in the most brutal way possible. Trust me, I’m not averse to gore, but in this scene, I had to pause to collect my jaw off the floor. Needless to say, episode one had me hooked and ready for a long afternoon of straight binging. 

Season 2 Expectations & Final Thoughts

If at this point you’ve watched all the way to the end, you might have noticed a couple of key characters featured throughout the season that seem to be plotting their return in season 2. From the Mauler Twins, Titan, Battle Beast, and D.A Sinclair – it seems like Invincible will have a lot on his plate, probably more than he can handle. Here’s hoping Omni-Man makes his return back to earth, but with a little less of an apocalyptical & tyrannical mindset.