Invincible 24: The End of All Things—Part 1

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

All bets are off

The end is near

Comic Info

Comic Name: Invincible

Publisher: Image

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist: Ryan Ottley

# of Issues: 6

Release Date: 2017

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Invincible #133 Variant

Reprints Invincible #133-138 (February 2017-July 2017).  With Oliver’s death, Mark realizes it is now time to take the battle to Thragg.  With Eve, his father, Allen, and all his allies at his side, Invincible is set to finish the war he has fought his adult life.  Thragg is taking no prisoners and is expanding his grasp…and it is up to Invincible to stop the threat of Thragg and his Viltrumites forever!

Written by Robert Kirkman, Invincible Volume 24:  The End of All Things—Part 1 is an Image-Skybound superhero comic book collection.  Following Invincible 23:  Full House, the collection features art by Ryan Ottley.  Issues in this volume were also collected as part of Invincible Ultimate Collection—Volume 12 and Invincible Compendium—Volume 3.

This is it.  With a “Part 1” title, you know that the normal Invincible pattern is going to suffer a change-up.  Invincible has always been a six issue arc type comic, and now Kirkman is going all out.  The series has always been a glorious, bloody mess and there are no stops in place for who could die and how.

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Invincible #136

The title of this volume could easily have been Invincible:  The Viltrumite War II.  The whole collection is about the final onslaught with the Viltrumites led by Thragg.  The volume is about mistakes (like Allen’s actions accidentally leading to Oliver’s death and Nolan’s initial decision to let Thragg go in the first place).  With mistakes in comics, there is often redemption, but with a book like Invincible there is a good chance that redemption leads to heartache.

While a majority of the book focuses on the lead up and the attack on the Viltrumites, the subplot feels like it is setting up the second half of “the end”.  The whole situation on Earth was left rather open ended in classic Invincible style with Mark and Eve just leaving Earth under Robot’s control.  Here, a return to Earth means the Robot problem could rise again and it appears that Robot’s actions could spark the second half of the two part ending storyline.

Invincible has always been a slightly dangerous comic.  The characters take beatings that haven’t been seen before in comics, but often the main characters just bounce back stronger than ever (though facing psychological damage).  This isn’t the case with this storyline.  Invincible is in a pocket universe and not part of a bigger series of books.  Once the title Invincible is gone, the character is gone…that means there can be no coming back the events of the next issue.  It’s time to strap-in and finish InvincibleInvincible 24:  The End of All Things—Part 1 is followed by the final volume in the series Invincible 25:  The End of All Things—Part 2.

Preceded By:

Invincible 23:  Full House

Followed By:

Invincible 25:  The End of All Things—Part 2

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