JD reviews Invincible #75!

Title: Invincible 75
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciler: RYAN OTTLEY
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

To provide a balance to Grant Morrison‘s esoteric and mysterious style of writing, I present Robert Kirkman, writer of the at-times overly earnest and exposition-heavy Invincible. Robert loves him some word balloons, filled to brimming with…words. Soo many words. But hell, if somebody transcribed both my spoken words and my inner monologues, I imagine it would be a pretty text-heavy graphic novel itself. The saying goes that “less is more”, but I can’t think of any way this book could be any better than it is. It takes the strengths of both the DC and Marvel Universes and creates something wholly new. It feels familiar, sure, but in the same way visiting a beloved childhood haunt might.

We’re nearing the end of the Viltrumite War, and it has been some ride. This issue is no different, in that yet again, action and surprises abound. As brutal as it is heartfelt, this issue takes no prisoners and leaves outer space a bucket of gravity-less blood and innards and mustaches. Seriously, you know an alien populace is rotten when every single male of the species sports a creep-tacular molest-ache. Invincible and his buddies take the battle directly to the homeworld Viltrum to finish off the remaining Viltrumites and end this war once and for all. Unfortunately for some of our beloved characters, the baddies aren’t going to just lay down and die. Expect casualties.

This book is balanced brilliantly. The text-y bits are evened out by the silent bits while the overly earnest dialogue is countered by the brutal violence. This is a fantastic book that is a pure joy to read. Some folks seem annoyed by the lateness of this issue, but for the most part, I’m just happy that it comes out at all! And good god, the wait was worth it to enjoy Ottley’s pencils. That boy can draw him some stuff. And the blood! He’s a gore master. Definitely worth the wait. That said, I didn’t need to pay $5.99 for the extra Science Dog story, or the Tech-Jacket stuff. I look forward to both the cheaper cover price next month as well as how this is going to end!

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here.

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