We’ve all been anticipating it for a while, but when it happened, I was still surprised. Yes, in this issue, Robot finally ‘turned heel’ and revealed himself to be up to some bad shit as he turned on Invincible, trapping him in an alternate dimension.
The issue starts off with Invincible and Robot preparing to head across dimensions and find out what’s going on with Angstrom Levy, and whether or not Mark can rest easy. Before this can happen though, Mark and Eve get into a big argument about whether or not he should go. Eve thinks this is too risky, that something could go wrong, and with a baby on the way, Mark should be careful. But for Mark, the reason he’s doing this is because of the baby, with Angstrom’s status a mystery, he feels like he could be attacked at any time, and that, for the sake of his family, this needs to be resolved. I can see both sides of the argument really, but Mark takes it too far when he insults Eve’s superhero career, saying she’s never dealt with big stuff like he has. Dick move man, dick move. She slaps him, and then he and Robot can begin their journey.
They head to Mohawk-Invincible’s world, which is controlled by The Viltrumuites, and are immediately brought to see Invincible by this Universe’s version of Conquest. I’m a sucker for alternate reality stories, so stuff like this, and seeing Conquest again was a real treat. When we see Mohawk-Invincible, he’s surrounded by a harem of chicks dressed to look like his lost love Atom Eve (who of course had a Mohawk in this world too) and he takes them to see what he’s doing to good ol’ Angstrom. The answer is… torture. He’s trying to work out how to get to alternate dimensions, and has him all hooked up to some nightmarish technology, which is pretty fucked-up. Mark is shocked by this, which is odd, as he was originally here to possibly kill Angstrom, but before he can do anything, Robot gets involved.
He uses some kind of sonar to incapacitate both Invincibles, kills the scientists, and in a brutal eye-popping head-squish, kills Mohawk-Invincible. He then proceeds to decapitate Angstrom. Robot is doing this because Invincible doesn’t fit into his big plans for Earth, and seeing the fact that Invincibles have the potential to conquer Earth like in this reality, he needs Mark out of the way, and rather than kill him, because he’s a friend, he’s just going to trap him in this reality. Robot steps through the door, leaving Mark behind to deal with one hell of a mess.
I can’t wait to see how Invincible is going to get out of this one, the cover to next issue seems to indicate that this universe’s version of Robot will be involved. After a few slow issues, this was the one that kicked things into high gear, and with the big #111 issue coming up, I expect fireworks from Kirkman. Ryan Ottley’s art was great as ever, nobody draws viscera and eyeballs like him, but that violence, combined with the final line of dialogue, which was ‘Holy Fuck’ raised an eyebrow for me.
This book has always been violent, but that must be the first F-bomb in Invincible-history right? It’s quite odd that a book that, at the start, was praised for being a traditional superhero comic that teens and kids should read is now full of violence and swearing. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, and I suppose those some kids and teens are now adults (like me), but it is strange.