Review: Invincible Universe #1
Invincible Universe #1 catches readers up with what has been happening in this universe since Invincible #100. Granted, not much has happened, so it’s surprising that it takes so long for the issue to get going. It’s that Phil Hester shows where this issues jumps off, but watching Cecil look at a bunch of fights for pages gets a little tiresome. It was a good way to show how the organization works, and introduce the “new” Edelmen, but could have been stopped after one fight. Once we jump into Kid Thor and the rest of the team, the issue picks up steam. Hester introduces a few threads that will be going on for the book, and they are generally interesting. The first villain for this book isn’t brought up well though. Everything seems to be going terribly, with every character saying it’s not going to end well. And then suddenly………it doesn’t go well. It’s not surprising. Worse, it ends abruptly, stunting the momentum the book builds.
Invincible Universe #1 seems like it’s trying to be the Avengers book for this universe. Hester does that well in this issue. The team is diverse, with some banter to add a pinch of humor. The many voices stand out, even when they don’t get a lot of time to talk. A lot of heroes are brought in and out, but Hester doesn’t stop and explain every little detail about them. Kid Thor’s issue alone could have eaten up a lot of page space, but Hester gives the basics for the readers to get by. Don’t bog new readers down in very thick continuity. While Robert Kirkman has always said that Invincible is superhero book without the continuity, it can be more confusing that DC or Marvel at times. Universe #1 steers clear of all of that though, which is a massive plus. The villain is explained well, as well as his attachment to Cecil. Another big plus for the book is showing how Invincible’s actions have affected the world. Kirkman didn’t give the flood a lot of weight, as it was swept aside rather quickly in #100 and #101.
Todd Nuack penciled the last volume of Guardians of the Globe, and his solid pencil work continues here. Occasionally faces have weird angles, and breasts don’t fare well when they are at an angle. But the action is fluid, and looks great. The Invincible universe is suppose to be old school, and the costumes have that feel for them. When Cecil’s skin melts, I was surprised and slightly disgusted. Nauck gives it a creepy look that works masterfully. Gabe Eltaeb’s colors are perfect for the spandex heavy issue. When Kid Thor’s condition kicks in, the colors hit the reader just as hard as it hit Kid Thor.
Invincible Universe #1 could have started off better, but it’s a solid start. It’s the best Invincible book I’ve read besides the main book.
Invincible Universe #1 gets 3.5/5.