One of my favorite parts of this series is how this characters have made brief appearances in the core Invincible title, but never really stood out. Invincible Universe allows for these characters to be fleshed out and build the world outside of Mark Grayson’s centralized adventures. When the series began, these characters were already established, having been living their lives and been on countless adventures, but the reader has no actual evidence of this through back issues. There may be no actual way to see previous adventures, but that’s one of my favorite parts of the series thus far. Hester has dropped the reader into a living breathing world that’s already established and helps build these supporting characters up into their own important entities within the Invincible Universe.
Invincible Universe #10 is a wedding issue, which the cover makes clearly apparent, between Knockout and Kid Thor. The wedding starts out on a high note, but things slowly spiral downward for the heroes as the issue progresses. The open bar is the main source of the problems in this issue, starting a brawl between all the heroes, and causing a certain character to cycle back into his alcoholism. The wedding serves as a good setting to flesh out multiple characters and their relationships with each other.
Todd Nauck’s pencils fit this series well, especially in relation to the art style of Invincible. Invincible Universe feels like a natural extension of the core Invincible series, giving off a well done animated movie vibe. All the characters feel individualized in the way they look, whether it be costumes or facial features, and they’re always recognizable. Nauck has done a great job thus far and I hope he continues to stay with the book.
Overall, this is a fun issue, but tackles some real problems for certain characters. The wedding is a good setting to push certain plot points along, and while not a whole lot happened, it was an entertaining issue. The last page is a cliffhanger way out of left field from the rest of the issue, but makes sense when realizing that’s what can happen when heroes are a little too occupied in their personal lives.