Apparently, the Invincible War leads to massive nose bleeds.
I've never really been able to get into Invincible. Well, Robert Kirkman in general, actually. I can't say I've given Invincible more than a quick glance. I was recommended the first trade and told that I wouldn't be able to put it down and would devour the rest of the series but I never got that. It wasn't terrible, It wasn't awesome. There were some good scenes but there was also some sort of disconnect in the work that just didn't click with me. I always meant to give the second trade a try but it never really seemed that pressing.
So, I skip ahead to issue sixty. The good news is that I knew some of the characters from that first trade. The art has taken a massive step up. The story... meh. It's ambitious, that's for certain, but when your guest stars outnumber your page count, you're going to have trouble. Trouble there is a plenty. Many times I thought I must have skipped a page because events didn't flow into the next event at all. I still have no clue what motivated Invincible to act at the end. He went from being determined to be at his girl's side to all up in the bad guy's grill with no inbetween state (unless I actually DID skip a page). The guest stars are mostly page fillers and that's fine with me. I truthfully didn't know who were homegrown heroes and who were other Image characters in some instances. That's more because I don't really read that much Image, though.
Art is great but more gory than I care for. I'm totally about the double standard because I've probably drawn things more gory than what's on the page. It's more to do with context in most cases. Also, it's not a great idea to have multiple bad guys wearing similar costumes to the hero. I know that's the whole POINT behind this war: people will lose trust in Invincible... but, visually, it backfires on new readers. Maybe the coloring could have made the distinction more clear. Still, art is the saving grace on this issue.
Writing is on a disjointed fast forward that, again, is ambitious but ultimately a failing feature. The best scene is the scene between Invincible and Atom Eve in the beginning where he's asking to meet her parents. I bet this book rocks on character moments but this particular issue doesn't really DO that many of them.
If anything, this made me interested enough in the character to go reread the first trade. It's better now than it was then but I'm still not running down to the comic shop to pick up the second trade. Maybe if I find it discounted.
Invincible, you get a 6. Not brilliant at all. Not a good first issue for anyone. Still, above average enough that I wanted to read the first trade again.