Flynn the Pirate
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I've never read Invincible before. Or rather, not really read. I think I perused the first trade back in the day, but since I don't remember being all that impressed, I didn't stick with it. I say that to say that I am going to try reviewing this issue with only the barest of backgrounds in Invincible's story.
In theory, the plot by Angstrom (I think that's his name, since I don't have the book sitting in front of me) of picking up different versions of the title character to sick on the rest of the world is a good one. And I like the idea of an Image superhero crossover to deal with the problem - if for no other reason than my favorite comic book right now (Dynamo5) would get to be included. But this didn't feel like a crossover. This felt, to me, like a bunch of snapshots or clips. It didn't feel like "the crossover of the decade", perhaps because there were a lot of characters I didn't know, but also because it didn't feel like the sort of thing that every superhero in the Image universe had to get in on. Which is a shame, because again, the plot was such that it seemed to necessitate it.
Of course, the reason for this was squeezing it all into one giant issue. Again, it sounds like a nice idea and it definitely has a really nifty pitch, but in the end there was just way, way, WAY too much going on and way too many characters for one issue to do any justice to. Heck, it even seemed like Invincible himself became a supporting cast-member in his own book.
The artwork was fantastic though. I really did like the bright colors, as opposed to the various hues of gunmetal or dirt that so many comics like to use today. Ottley and Plascencia definitely won me over as a fan on that front.
I would love to have seen this actually play out. I would probably have even picked up some of the other titles if this had played out like an actual crossover event. And maybe my lack of exposure to Invincible is getting in the way of me giving this book high honors.
5 out of 10 for Invincible #60 - not too bad, not too good, but at least it was something...