Yep, I’m caught back up with Invincible, and just in time for… one of those issues where not that much happens and Kirkman just moves a couple of subplots forward a tiny bit. I like these issues fine, but after burning through the insane build-up to and fall-out of #100, this felt a little slow. But I’m sure a lot of these developments will play out in big ways somewhere down the line.
The biggest thing that happened in this issue was that Nolan, the new Viltrumite Emperor, decided not to execute General Thragg, and instead exiled him. Whilst I’m enjoying Nolan as Emperor and the continued humanizing of the Viltrumites, you just know this is going to come back and bite everyone in their ass, and that ass will squirt blood everywhere in typical Invincible style.
Other plotlines built up here include Robot struggling with no longer being in control of a planet, like he was when he ruled the Flaxans, and Mark and Eve getting ready to be parents. I loved the scenes where they built that crib (or attempted to at least), and that scene at the end where Mark tells his dad was brilliant. It’s amazing how much the characters in this book have grown and changed over the 105 issues, such a great demonstration of the benefits of creator owned comics when compared to mainstream capes.
What’s not so good a demonstration of the benefit of creator-owned work is when Kirkman has Monster Girl go on this weird speech about how there are fewer female superheroes than male ones, that was just odd. Kirkman has this habit of tackling real world debates about comics metatextually in Invincible, (see #97, which was MENTAL by the way) and it didn’t really work for me here.
But anyway, it’s great to be back in the monthly groove of Invincible, I’ve been reading it for so long, I really feel like it’s grown up with me, even though I’m not expecting a kid personally. This book is always worth reading, even when it busts out a quieter issues like this one (and this issue still had Invincible stopping a bank-robbery and fighting a rock monster), it has a unique pace that’s really cool, and of course, Ryan Ottley is just consistently great.