Invincible 22: Reboot?

invincible volume 22 reboot cover review
7.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 7/10

Clever revisiting of past stories, sets up new adventures for future issues

Invincible is not a series that can be enjoyed by jumping into it

Comic Info

Comic Name: Invincible

Publisher: Image Comic

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist: Ryan Ottley

# of Issues: 6

Release Date: 2016

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Invincible #123

Reprints Invincible #121-126 (July 2015-December 2015).  With Thragg as an immediate threat, Mark finds himself working with Oliver on a dangerous mission to shut down Thragg’s plans before he can launch them.  An encounter with an alien entity has Mark thrown into his past and able to fix the mistakes he made before they even happen.  Can Mark change the past enough to save millions of live and would he give up the opportunity if he had the chance?

Written by Robert Kirkman, Invincible Volume 22:  Reboot? is an Image Comics superhero collection.  Following Invincible 21:  Modern Family, the collection features art by Ryan Ottley.  The issues in the volume were also collected as part of Invincible:  Ultimate Collection—Volume 11 and The Invincible Compendium—Volume 3.

Invincible is heading into the home stretch and with years and years of stories, a refresher course could be useful.  Invincible 22:  Reboot? provides that refresher and once again puts a major kink in the life of Mark Grayson.

Like many Invincible series, the volume has a couple issues that set-up storylines in other areas of the Invincible Universe.  The first issue wraps up some of the loose ends on Earth and puts Monster Girl at even greater odds with Robot.  The second story shows how Mark and Eve are doing as parents on an alien planet.  As Eve struggles to adjust, Mark finds direction by having a job and working with Oliver…but everything changes.

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Invincible #125

The Reboot? storyline is a clever way to revisit the past.  Personally, I had forgotten about some of the storylines that happened over a hundred issues ago and it was nice to revisit them.  It also demonstrates the question if a better world is really the goal of a superhero.  This question has been raised a lot recently in the comic with Robot’s quest for a perfect Earth and now Mark’s decision to fix the past or return to his fractured future…Mark of course makes harder choice, but as revealed at the end of the issue, it still has consequences.

Invincible is just a fun series, and as it gets closer to the end, I am reminded how much fun I had reading it.  It is a series that really rewards regular readers and is ruthless to the casual reader.  With actions having immense consequences, Kirkman keeps you guessing on how the comic will turn out and that is part of the joy of the comic.  While I generally promote reading a comic as it is released, I don’t know if I could handle that with Invincible which often has so-so individual issues but great story arcs…Reboot? sets up an interesting future for Mark, and I can’t wait to see it.  Invincible 22:  Reboot? is followed by Invincible 23:  Full House.

Preceded By:

Invincible 21:  Modern Family

Followed By:

Invincible 23:  Full House

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