Comic Book Therapy » invincible http://www.comicbooktherapy.com News, reviews and happenings in the Comic Book World. Get your Daily Comic Book Therapy Today Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:02:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Review: Invincible #111 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-111-214079 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-111-214079#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 16:04:21 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=214079 After the brutal Invincible #110, Kirkman and Ottley give us the equally brutal #111. While Mark is going through the ringer, we readers are enjoying the hell out of it. Right away we shown how absolutely dangerous Robot is going to be in this arc.  When a villain like this pops up in any issue, […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #111

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After the brutal Invincible #110, Kirkman and Ottley give us the equally brutal #111. While Mark is going through the ringer, we readers are enjoying the hell out of it.

Right away we shown how absolutely dangerous Robot is going to be in this arc.  When a villain like this pops up in any issue, I do the “What would I do in this situation to defeat the villain.”  With how effectively Kirkman sells Robot’s threat, I’m having a hard time of figuring a way for Mark to solve this problem.  The pacing in #111 is spot on, as Kirkman devotes a decent amount of panel space to Robot while not taking the spotlight away from Mark. Robot has always been a relatable character, but having him still by sympathetic during his turn to evil is a necessity for him to be a classic villain for Invincible.  It’s hard to argue with him when the world has been going to shit.  Having Robot go on and on about how he wasn’t completely ready for Mark to be back yet is a clear indication of how Mark is going to take Robot down, and seems a little odd for Kirkman.  Kirkman’s a master and weaving in weaknesses and making it seem like a villain is unbeatable.  Then we have Mark battle back and use that weakness to win. First time for everything though.  The real think to take away from #111 is that Robot has one of the best set ups for a villain in the history of Invincible.

Kirkman also wastes no time in upping the stakes for Mark.  I think the removing of Eve’s leg was a bit much, but will probably work in the long run. It may have been the way the Ryan Ottley penciled Eve falling, but I have a feeling that losing the baby will be the main motivation for Mark going forward.  Cecil’s death was paced very well and gave us enough time to let the death of him really sink in before moving forward.  As Kirkman has done a lot of set up in previous arcs without a lot of payoff.  So I was worried when we didn’t see Mark dealing with his rape from the previous issue. While it would have been beneficial to see where he is emotionally after that traumatic event, it could definitely wait until after his battle with Robot. Although with the way Kirkman has been throwing Mark through the ringer, I’m sure that will pop up before the battle is over.

Ryan Ottley is Ryan Ottley in #111. He’s a hard artist to review since he is consistently great.  Characters are very expressive, even when their faces are covered by masks. The blood and gore is a little overboard, but nothing new for this title.  Between the detail on the insides and the colors from John Rauch, the dismemberments and gore have the realistic look to really sell what Robot is doing.  Robot’s new armor has a slick design.  I can see a few figures being made from that.  Ottley’s panels flow perfectly and have a real sense of motion.  It’s easy to see Mark flying about while trying to figure out a way to fight Robot.

Invincible #111 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #111

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Review: Invincible #109 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-109-201419 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-109-201419#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:36:38 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=201419 Invincible just doesn’t know how to be consistent anymore.  We’ve been on a rollercoaster of quality since #100, and that rollercoaster seems to be exiting a hill with issue #109. Mark Grayson has done quite a bit of universe hopping throughout Invincible with most of it benefiting the overall story.  This story does not benefit […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #109

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Invincible just doesn’t know how to be consistent anymore.  We’ve been on a rollercoaster of quality since #100, and that rollercoaster seems to be exiting a hill with issue #109.

Mark Grayson has done quite a bit of universe hopping throughout Invincible with most of it benefiting the overall story.  This story does not benefit the overall story in any way.  It’s a filler issue.  Robert Kirkman uses the multiple time jumps again in a alternate universe story to the point where it breaks the issue.  There is not weight given to these massive leaps in time.  The story works just as well if it took place within a day or in a week.  Mark healing from his fight with the Viltrumites and the centuries long adventure for Monster Girl and Robot needed time jumps for the story to work on an emotional level.  It made the triumphs and tragedies greater knowing how long they had been fighting for them.  But in #109, Mark just builds a machine that gets him home without any difficulty. What makes me bang my head against a desk is that Mark will arrive back on his Earth with little to no time having gone by, making this issue pointless.

But this is Invincible and the characters are what keep you coming back for more each month.  Kirkman gives alternate Robot and Mauler enough differences that this universe doesn’t feel like a cheap knock off of the main universe.  Their personalities have striking differences, and those differences are explained well.  Mark’s worry about becoming an evil bastard is explored nicely in #109, and Mark’s determination to be a better hero has some weight too it.  Mark is struggling with adulthood and Kirkman has been pacing that character beat perfectly.  Kirkman forgoes the big speech about how he needs to get better and instead let’s Mark sit on his thoughts for a bit, contemplating how he can do this without a grand gesture.  And as an upcoming father, Mark will need to do more things like this.  Kirkman has always had a great touch on bringing up past storylines of Invincible in a way that feels organic while acknowledging its history.  Robot’s original body (which we haven’t seen since the first couple of years of Invincible) is a great addition that pleases old fans while not alienating newer fans.

While the writing of Invincible has been inconsistent, the artwork has been as strong as ever.  Ryan Ottley’s pencils are expressive, dynamic, and flow like a movie.  Mark’s hair growing slowly throughout the time jumps ended up being necessary since the dialogue doesn’t make the jumps feel earned.  During the second read through, I noticed the little differences that Ottley added to Mark’s hair job.  You can tell it seems rushed as the Mohawk isn’t as perfect as his evil counterpart’s.  I feel like a broken record at the end of each Invincible review, as all I do is just reiterate how great Ottley’s is on pencils.

Invincible #109 gets 3/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #109

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Review: Invincible #106 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-106-162206 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-106-162206#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:00:29 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=162206 After a few rough arc, Invincible seems to be finding its stride again story wise.  #106 is a good example of Robert Kirkman going deeper into the superhero genre, but he missed a couple of great opportunities to go further. Krikman keeps the focus of this issue on Mark and Eve visiting Debbie and Nolan […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #106

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After a few rough arc, Invincible seems to be finding its stride again story wise.  #106 is a good example of Robert Kirkman going deeper into the superhero genre, but he missed a couple of great opportunities to go further.

Krikman keeps the focus of this issue on Mark and Eve visiting Debbie and Nolan for a nice dinner.  The set up is very sitcom, but works in the favor of the characters.  Their history is developed so well that the usual interactions stay out of the realm of cliché.  Like Mark not telling his Mom that Eve is pregnant.  Classic sitcom style, but is very entertaining as a scene.  Kirkman works in past storylines, and their explanations, seamlessly.  This has become a lost art for some writers, who seem to look at the editor’s note as a godsend.  The conversation between the generations of Graysons is where I see Kirkman missing an opportunity.  Discussing the pros and cons of having a baby as a superhero would have been interesting to read.  These characters turn a mirror onto the superhero genre well, often examining multiple sides in one take.  But oh well.  The trivial strength contest was funny, and showed how much things have changed since the early days of comics.  Something like this would have been the focal point of an issue in the 60’s.

What excited me the most about Invincible #106 was the teases that Kirkman weaves into the story.  They don’t take that much space away from the Graysons, and still get their job done.  The problem between Rex and Monster Girl is finally making some headway.  I’d still like to see them get their own back-up or miniseries, as their story is well worth the price of admission for a comic.  As with the Grayson’s and their story, Kirkman also references older storylines well without editor’s notes.  A while back, I complained about this, as there were three editor’s notes in the span of a few pages.  It doesn’t look good, and forces the reader to go elsewhere to understand the issue in their hands.  The new moon base is a great example for that.  Having Rex make hidden rooms is a nice addition.  He seems to slowly becoming more villainous in nature, and that’s going to be a tough fight for Invincible and co.

What is there to say about Ryan Ottley that hasn’t already been said a thousand times over? The guy is a beast on Invincible.  Characters are incredibly expressive, and loaded with tiny details.  Debbie’s neck making an awkward position when she finds out Eve was pregnant was a personal favorite of mine.  We’ve all seen that before when someone is surprised, but it’s something that we don’t think of.  The blood and gore look disgusting.  John Rauch nails the color of blood perfectly, as it’s not shiny red when it gets right out of the body.  Battle Beast’s…erm…battle flows well through the panels.  His new girlfriend (or slave depending on how you look at it) added some comic delight to the issue.

Invincible has worked out its kinks after the disastrous (no pun intended) aftermath of issue #100.  Kirkman and Ottley are back to making Mark the centerpiece of the series.

Invincible #106 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #106

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Advance Review: Invincible Universe #5 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-5-156657 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-5-156657#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:33:04 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=156657 After a lackluster #4, Invincible Universe is back in a big way.  #5 might be the best issue of the series to date. Phil Hester balances super heroics and politics this month, and it works quite well.  Politics and super heroes are always a tough thing to balance, but Hester throws the Guardians of the […]

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #5

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After a lackluster #4, Invincible Universe is back in a big way.  #5 might be the best issue of the series to date.

Phil Hester balances super heroics and politics this month, and it works quite well.  Politics and super heroes are always a tough thing to balance, but Hester throws the Guardians of the Globe into the thick of things and it works very well.  Hester doesn’t spend to much time on the intricacies of politics thankfully.  He gives a quick description of the red tape and moves on.  Long time readers will know I was not happy with the Dinosaurus arc in Invincible #100.  It was quick, and quickly made meaningless.  But Hester uses the ramifications in a way I wish Robert Kirkman had.  In Invincible, it seems like nothing has changed, and that killing all those people didn’t affect the normal person.  Hester shows how it affects the little person.  I liked the addition of someone robbing a bank with an endangered species, as it makes the Guardians think before they hit.  Not that the team has been all action and no thinking, but it’s refreshing to read compared to Marvel and DC.

One thing that has been plaguing the Invincible books lately is the reference to past stories.  It’s not necessarily bad that they are doing this, but not explaining anything and using an editor’s note seems lazy.  Incorporate some backstory into everything that is going on.  Cecil’s new assistant would be good person for Cecil to explain too.  As someone who hasn’t read the previous volumes of Guardians of the Globe, some type of explanation would have been nice.  The history of North Korea is used as a villain instead of this crazy General.  He’s silent throughout the entire issue, so it’s quite hard to find him menacing.  But Hester still has time to develop him into a proper villain in this series, so it’s not as big of a deal.

Todd Nauck continues to be one of the most consistent artists in the industry.  Whenever he pencils an issue, you know you are going to get quality pencils.  Characters are expressive, and Nauck adds quite a bit of detail to the surroundings.  My usual complaint with his pencils, that every male character looks similar, doesn’t factor into this issue surprisingly.  Characters are diverse in appearance, and can easily be picked out of a crowd.  Without the Korean soldiers saying his name, I could tell that was Best Tiger being electrocuted in the chair.  Shapesmith’s scene is quite weird to look at, but perfectly captured.

Invincible Universe continues to be a great title, and is getting close to being the best of the two Invincible titles.

Invincible Universe #5 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #5

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SDCC 2013: Robert Kirkman And Skybound Artists Signing Schedule http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-2013-robert-kirkman-and-skybound-artists-signing-schedule-154102 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-2013-robert-kirkman-and-skybound-artists-signing-schedule-154102#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 02:13:39 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=154102 As we reported earlier, SKYBOUND will be at full throttle this San Diego Comic Con. There’s a lot of exclusives and exciting news that will be revealed at sdcc. Below you will see the signing schedule for Robert Kirkman and some of the SKYBOUND artist and writers. You will also find out the panel times […]

Agent Burgos, SDCC 2013: Robert Kirkman And Skybound Artists Signing Schedule

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As we reported earlier, SKYBOUND will be at full throttle this San Diego Comic Con. There’s a lot of exclusives and exciting news that will be revealed at sdcc.

Below you will see the signing schedule for Robert Kirkman and some of the SKYBOUND artist and writers. You will also find out the panel times that are scheduled for the week.

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Wednesday 7/17:
6:30pm-7:30pm
Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound Booth #2729) (Wristbands to be given out at Skybound Booth at beginning of the show) (NO CGC)

Thursday 7/18 :
11:30am-12:30pm
Witch Doctor signing with Brandon Seifert (Skybound Booth #2729)

1:45pm-2:45pm
Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound Booth #2729) (Wristbands to be given out in High Profile Line of Autograph Area in Sails Pavilion, more info at comic-con.org) (NO CGC)

4:15pm-5:15pm
The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel Robert Kirkman (Room: 6A)

Friday 7/19:
12:00pm-1:00pm
Invincible Universe signing with Todd Nauck and Gabe Eltaeb (Skybound Booth #2729)

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4:00pm-5:00pm
Clone signing with David Schulner, Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre (Skybound Booth #2729)

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Saturday 7/20:
11:30am-12:30pm
Thief of Thieves signing with Shawn Martinbrough and James Asmus (Skybound Booth #2729)

2:00pm -3:00pm
Skybound Panel with Robert Kirkman and other surprise guests! (Room: 7AB)

3:15-4:15pm
Ghosted signing with Joshua Williamson and Matteo Scalera (Skybound Booth #2729)

4:00pm-5:00pm
Telltale The Walking Dead panel with Robert Kirkman, Dan Connors & Kirsten Kennedy (Telltale Games), Don Mesa (Sony Computer Entertainment), moderated by IGN’s Greg Miller (Room 23ABC)

5:15pm-6:45pm
Robert Kirkman Signing limited to 75 tickets (Skybound Booth #2729) (Wristbands to be given out in High Profile Line of Autograph Area in Sails Pavilion, more info at comic-con.org) (NO CGC)

Sunday 7/21:
10:00am-11:00am
Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound Booth #2729) (Wristbands to be given out in High Profile Line of Autograph Area in Sails Pavilion, more info at comic-con.org) (NO CGC)

As you can see, this comic con is going to be INSANE and we will bring you all the cool news and announcements that will take place.

Stay tuned!

Agent Burgos, SDCC 2013: Robert Kirkman And Skybound Artists Signing Schedule

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San Diego Comic Con Exclusives: SKYBOUND http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/san-diego-comic-con-exclusives-skybound-154072 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/san-diego-comic-con-exclusives-skybound-154072#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:30:04 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=154072 San Diego Comic Con is next week, and one of the most popular booths is the SKYBOUND one. Home of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Clone and the upcoming series Ghosted, this is a good year to be a SKYBOUND fan. We have the details on all the exclusives that will be available at booth #2729. […]

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San Diego Comic Con is next week, and one of the most popular booths is the SKYBOUND one. Home of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Clone and the upcoming series Ghosted, this is a good year to be a SKYBOUND fan.

We have the details on all the exclusives that will be available at booth #2729.

Check them out:

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SDCC-Exclusive Predator Peavey “Horde” Guitar ($500). Full-size guitar with Charlie Adlard art work. Limited to 100.

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“Horde” Watch from Vannen ($75). With glow-in-the-dark hands and markings. Limited to 500.

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The Walking Dead Compendium Two: Hardcover with Gold Foil($100). Actual cover will be black, embossed with gold accents. If you’ve seen the Compendium 1 hardcover, it will match.

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Skybound-Exclusive McFarlane Toys Governor in Riot Gear ($25). The Governor as he appears in issue 42. He comes with two pistols, Michonne’s bloody sword and a bullhorn. “KILL THEM ALL!”

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Rick Grimes & Zombie, Carl Grimes & Zombie, Negan & Zombie PVC Figures (Deathly Gray, Glow-in-the-Dark, or Purple, $15 each or $100 for all nine). These figures are also from October Toys.

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Invincible “Hero” Watch from Vannen ($75). Featuring Ryan Ottley artwork and limited to only 300.

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Invincible Compendium #1 Hardcover ($100). Issues 1-47.

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Thief of Thieves Volume 2 Hardcover ($30). Issues 8-13.

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Clone Volume 1 Hardcover ($30). Issues 1-5.

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Ghosted #1 Color Variant ($10). Awesome Matteo Scalera cover art.

SKYBOUND will also have the new faction shirts available.

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Big thanks to www.skybound.com for the info and pics.

Agent Burgos, San Diego Comic Con Exclusives: SKYBOUND

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Review: Invincible #103 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-103-152391 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-103-152391#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 02:29:47 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=152391 Invincible has been consistently good the past few months.  Robert Kirkman is trying to figure out a way to surprise us with Mark Grayson, and #103 is a great example of that.  But some parts keep #103 from being a perfect issue. Mark Grayson has always been relatable when it came to his “human” problems.  […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #103

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IMG130110Invincible has been consistently good the past few months.  Robert Kirkman is trying to figure out a way to surprise us with Mark Grayson, and #103 is a great example of that.  But some parts keep #103 from being a perfect issue.

Mark Grayson has always been relatable when it came to his “human” problems.  He’s had bad luck in love, had to make hard decisions that had bad repercussions in his personal life, and has grown into a fine adult.  The new plot line of Eve being pregnant, and getting engaged, is a logical step for our hero.  The reader can feel the love and excitement that these two are feeling, and that makes them all more relatable.  Eve goes to friends to figure out if she has done a bad thing, and freaks out like a new mom would for her baby.  It’s fantastic.  I found it slightly odd that Eve would so quickly forget to NOT use her powers, but they are young and she just got pregnant.  The sweetest moment of the issue came when Eve realized that the baby was worth all the problems she was going through.  It was simple, and all relied on the strength of Ryan Ottley’s pencils (which were stunning).  I’ve never been a fan of Angstrom Levy, as he never seems threatening.  It’s to easy for him to slip up and have Invincible beat him.  But his power opens up a lot of story opportunities, so it’s no surprise that he sticks around.

The odd fight in the middle of the issue breaks it up in a bad way.  It took valuable time away from Eve and Mark, or even the rest of the Guardians and their problems with Invincible not being in jail.  The constant editors notes became a nuisance.  One editor note reminding readers of a distant plot point, such as Rick being part cyborg, is a good thing.  It happened almost one hundred issues ago, so it’s fine if some readers would forget.  But having three editors notes in one issue is excessive.  If something happened three issues ago, it doesn’t need an editors note.  If your story needs that many editors notes to be readable, then the script needs to be changed.  Mark’s fight with Mauler has no place in this issue.  It’s only purpose is to bring up the second volume of Guardians of the Globe, most likely to pimp that in the hopes people will buy it.

What is there to say about Ryan Ottley that hasn’t been said already.   He continues to be one of the best pencilers in the business.  Every character is expressive, even when the panel is zoomed out.  The action flows like a river.  The last page is especially gruesome, and left me excited for the next issue.  I always welcome Ottley penciling zombies.  I may not like Levy, but Ottley gives him a great look that is hard to look away from.  Cliff Rathburn’s inks are wonderful.  The thin lines keep the book grounded, even when the spandex pop up.  The shadow work on scenes in the Guardians home base is especially great.  John Rauch’s colors suit the super hero world well.  Tons of spandex with plenty of color and vibrance to them.

Invincible #103 is a great issue, but a few things keep it from being a perfect issue.  But the series continues to shake it’s status quo up in great ways.

Invincible #103 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #103

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Advance Review: Invincible Universe #3 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-3-151024 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-3-151024#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 01:03:34 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=151024 After a hectic, but abrupt, first arc, it was time for Invincible Universe to slow down.  The slow down was a great choice, as it shows the depth of this independent universe.  Invincible Universe #3 is a great issue. Phil Hester focuses on two heroes this time around, El Chupacabra and Cast Iron, and a […]

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #3

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invincible-universe-3After a hectic, but abrupt, first arc, it was time for Invincible Universe to slow down.  The slow down was a great choice, as it shows the depth of this independent universe.  Invincible Universe #3 is a great issue.

Phil Hester focuses on two heroes this time around, El Chupacabra and Cast Iron, and a very intimate story between them.  While I’ve read every issue of Invincible, I wasn’t as familiar with these heroes as others in the universe.  Hester quickly gives you a hold of El Chupacabra, and why he is so compelled to apologize for Cast Iron’s death.  The alcoholism angle is nice, but seems a little out of left field at the beginning of the issue.  But Hester uses it effectively as the issue goes on.  The therapy session was a nice layover the action at the beginning.  Which had me thinking; why hasn’t anyone made a book about a superhero therapist?  I feel like that book has a lot of potential.  Hester balances action and drama well throughout the issue.  He jumps back and forth perfectly.

What impressed me the most about Invincible Universe #3 is how isolated this story is in the universe.  The regulars of this series were nowhere to be found for the most part, and it shows that even the smallest characters are incredibly interesting.  DC and Marvel have a hard time of proving that some times.  These guys couldn’t handle their own ongoing, but the story was enough to add a layer of depth to future stories involving Chupacabra.  I’ve had a few problems with this series so far, but this issue makes me forget about all of them.  #1 and #2 were quick and didn’t focus on characters at all.  But #3 slowed down and showed that I shouldn’t give up on this series just yet.  It’s good to be fun, but it’s even better when there is some emotion behind that fun.

Todd Nauck is one of the most consistent pencilers in the industry.  Characters are energetic, full of personality, and the action pops off the page.  Characters look similar, and don’t look at each other often when talking.  But it’s easily overlooked, as everything else is stellar.  The opening fight scene looks fantastic.  Characters flow from panel to panel effortlessly.  When Chupacabra starts to fight back, the issue becomes dark and gritty.  Nauck shows how effortlessly the Invincible Universe can go from bright and full of spandex, to dark and morally questionable.  Nauck does an excellent inking job, as the iron cast heroes look great in action.

Fans of Invincible have no reason not to be reading this book.  It’s lots of fun, and keeps getting better.

Invincible Universe #3 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #3

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Advance Review: Invincible Universe #2 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-2-142243 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-universe-2-142243#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:49:25 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=142243 Invincible Universe continues to be the best Invincible spin-off, even though it still has a few kinks to work out first. Invincible Universe #2 picks right up after #1, with the fight between Liu’s mind dragon and the government forces.  Phil Hester balances nicely between down to Earth scenes and the massive battle sequences.  Kid […]

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #2

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Invincible-Universe_2Invincible Universe continues to be the best Invincible spin-off, even though it still has a few kinks to work out first.

Invincible Universe #2 picks right up after #1, with the fight between Liu’s mind dragon and the government forces.  Phil Hester balances nicely between down to Earth scenes and the massive battle sequences.  Kid Thor’s death problem continues to be a nice wrinkle through the team.  As this book seems to be the Avengers book for this universe, it’s unsurprising to see a prison break pop up in the middle of the issue.  Liu’s mind problem wasn’t going to last for an ongoing, so it’s good to see Hester creating more threads for the series.  Now this is going to seem like nitpicking, but why don’t the heroes have a problem with Invincible joining the fight?  He just helped Dinosaurus kill a few thousand people.  I’d bet anything that they don’t want him being around for a while.

Invincible Universe continues to have problems though. The big fight for this issue ends rather abruptly, and leaves the reader feeling a little cheated.  In the end, it makes Stedman look like a chump.  He’s always been written as a strategic mastermind, playing people against each other like pawns on a chessboard.  But having Liu, one of the bigger villains in the Invincible universe, easily trick Stedman into helping him out seems out of character.  But it could send Stedman into a darker tailspin, as the ending seems to have left a sad mark on him.  With the set up out of the way for every character, the series can focus on moving forward.  Invincible Universe is still the most enjoyable spin-off for the Invincible universe yet.  It just needs to iron out a problem or two and it’s going to be on par with Invincible.

Todd Nauck continues to impress on pencils.  The big, double page spread of heroes is a massive delight for the eyes.  Every page is full of detail and personality.  Some of the characters look similar, but that’s been a staple of Nauck’s pencils since I’ve been reading comics.  Designing costumes is one of the harder parts of drawing comics, and the creators for the Invincible universe have always done a great job of making them look iconic.  Nauck’s pencils make them pop off the page.  The Dragon’s costume could use some work though.  All yellow and no eye holes seems like a dumb costume choice.  That’s not a point against Nauck’s pencils though.  Gabe Eltaeb’s colors find the right balance of flashy and muted.  Every costume looks like spandex, but they aren’t as blinding as the spandex costumes at DC and Marvel.

Fans of Invincible should pick up this series if they are looking for another dip into the Invincible universe.  I’m excited for this series, even with it’s couple of hiccups.

Invincible Universe #2 gets 3.5/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Advance Review: Invincible Universe #2

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INVINCIBLE #100 FLIES OFF SHELVES Landmark issue gets second printing http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-flies-off-shelves-landmark-issue-gets-second-printing-77466 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-flies-off-shelves-landmark-issue-gets-second-printing-77466#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:16:25 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=77466 It’s comic book industry common sense by now: the release of a monumental 100th issue written by Robert Kirkman is going to make a big splash. With THE WALKING DEAD #100, the result was the highest-selling comic book of 2012. And with INVINCIBLE #100, the result is a sell-out the same day the issue went […]

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It’s comic book industry common sense by now: the release of a monumental 100th issue written by Robert Kirkman is going to make a big splash. With THE WALKING DEAD #100, the result was the highest-selling comic book of 2012. And with INVINCIBLE #100, the result is a sell-out the same day the issue went on sale.

The 100th issue of the beloved superhero series created by Kirkman and artist Cory Walker will receive a second printing (DEC128209), landing in stores on February 27, 2013.

INVINCIBLE #100, the hotly-anticipated conclusion of the “The Death of Everyone” story arc, featured covers by series artist Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker, Image Comics partner Marc Silvestri, Bryan Hitch, Art Adams and THE WALKING DEAD artist Charlie Adlard.

In a four-star review at Comic Book Resources, Doug Zawisza wrote of the landmark issue, “Invincible #100 is simply a straightforward comic book adventure that pushes a protagonist to the limits and steps back to observe the resulting excitement and adventure.”

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Here Is A Not So Spoilerish Spoiler Image For Invincible #100 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/here-is-a-not-so-spoilerish-spoiler-for-invincible-100-72879 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/here-is-a-not-so-spoilerish-spoiler-for-invincible-100-72879#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:09:24 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=72879 Invincible #100 comes out next week, and it’s an epic issue that will get people talking for a while. Some sites have decided to show a HUGE spoiler of the issue. While they are allowed and entitled to do that, I decided to do it a little bit different. Im not going to give away […]

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Invincible #100 comes out next week, and it’s an epic issue that will get people talking for a while.

Some sites have decided to show a HUGE spoiler of the issue. While they are allowed and entitled to do that, I decided to do it a little bit different.

Im not going to give away the BIG spoilers or anything, but just a little peek at some of the art which is beautiful. Next week we will have a review as we get closer to the release date. And that one might contain spoilers.

First let me post the variant covers once again for your viewing pleasure.

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I’m getting all of them! I’m such a hoarder I guess.

Well here is a beautiful full page of issue #100

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That’s not all! Here is another image:

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Well there you have it folks, my version of a spoiler, I know it’s lame right?

I really want you to enjoy this issue as much as I did. Please wait until you have the comic in your hand or digital device to enjoy it. The wait will be worth it. But if you want to get the big spoiler, you cab go to the Invincible fan page on facebook, they have a link there.

Oh don’t forget to buy the issue! Support these talented artists, pretty please.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2: Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, And A Possible Villain Spoiler http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/amazing-spider-man-2-shailene-woodley-dane-dehaan-and-a-possible-villain-spoiler-69887 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/amazing-spider-man-2-shailene-woodley-dane-dehaan-and-a-possible-villain-spoiler-69887#comments Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:35:55 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=69887 Work on Marc Webb’s Spider-Man sequel is coming along nicely. It seems the majority of the cast is in place and filming will start soon. Two of the new additions to the movie were out and about promoting their movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shailene Woodley, who will be playing Mary Jane Watson, […]

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Work on Marc Webb’s Spider-Man sequel is coming along nicely. It seems the majority of the cast is in place and filming will start soon. Two of the new additions to the movie were out and about promoting their movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shailene Woodley, who will be playing Mary Jane Watson, and Dane DeHaan, Harry Osborn, talked a little about the upcoming Spidey movie.

woodleyWoodley spoke with MTV about joining the cast and how excited she was about the film. The actress couldn’t reveal too much, but she said she’s a fan of the character and really enjoyed the reboot:

Spider-Man has always been my favorite super hero dude, since I was a little girl. I think there’s something really special about flying. When I watched the previous Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield, he made me feel invincible. I think Marc Webb is amazing. I’m so stoked to work with Andrew and Emma [Stone], they’re the best of the best.

She went on to say that she didn’t know any real details about the film, but she assumes she’ll be part of a love triangle if the comics are anything to go by. Woodley also hinted that she’d be making the transition and become a redhead soon. You can watch the full video interview by clicking here.

daneChronicle break-out star Dane DeHaan also chatted about The Amazing Spider-Man sequel while on the red carpet for his film with Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe called Kill Your Darlings. The actor remained tight lipped on what he knows, but he did confirm that he will be involved in a love triangle. Is it with Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane, Aunt May? We’ll have to wait and find out. The director of Darlings may have spoiled a big plot point for the film though. HitFix reports an incident that occured during the cast introductions:

[Director] Krokidas introduced the cast of “Darlings” which includes Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall. When he got to DeHaan he said “He’s the Green Goblin.” DeHaan just smiled, but it didn’t seem like Krokidas was kidding.

Is this a case of a director who doesn’t know a lot about comics or is Webb planning on skipping Norman and having Harry don the Green Goblin gear? I would say it’s the first, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the second happened. The Green Goblin was used in Sam Raimi’s first film, so it would be a little too soon to simply rehash the character. What do you think? Would you be pleased if Harry is the first Green Goblin?

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Review: Invincible #99 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-99-60650 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-invincible-99-60650#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:44:23 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=60650 With #100 right around the corner, #99 should have been the big ramp up to the landmark issue.  Instead, we got an issue so filled with fights it became a chore to read. You’d think with the title “The Death of Everyone,” almost everyone would have died.  Instead, last issue’s cliffhanger is quickly swept away […]

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IMG120575With #100 right around the corner, #99 should have been the big ramp up to the landmark issue.  Instead, we got an issue so filled with fights it became a chore to read.

You’d think with the title “The Death of Everyone,” almost everyone would have died.  Instead, last issue’s cliffhanger is quickly swept away with one line.  So it appears that only a few thousand are going to die from all of these floods.  More must have died when Dinosaurus destroyed Las Vegas.  While the stakes were quite high from #98, they are quickly shot back quite lower.  Since not as many are going to die, the amount of grieving that everyone seems to be going through doesn’t seem as correct either.  Everyone should be sad, but where was this compassion for the people in Las Vegas?  It just doesn’t make sense on any level.  In classic fashion, Kirkman starts to bring back older threads.  This is a normal thing when it comes to big issues for Invincible, and it’s good to see him writing some part of the series right in this issue.

What made Invincible #99 a chore to read was the endless fight scene.  Ryan Ottley delivers a gorgeous issue, but the dialogue is a retread of everything Invincible and Dinosaurus have been talking about for the past year’s worth of issues.  Why go over this?  If this was the first part of the arc, I could see Kirkman wanting to catch readers up with what has been going on.  But this is the second part, where Kirkman should be setting up the dominos to fall in #100.  The cliffhanger is also a retread, as something like this happened not even twenty issues ago.  Now, the end result might be satisfactory, maybe even brilliant, but the set up leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I was excited for the future of this series, as it brought Mark Grayson back to the center of attention.  But it quickly spoiled the new direction for a bad issue.

Ryan Ottley is the only saving grace for this issue.  The massive amount of fighting gives Ottley plenty of room to breath for his highly detailed pencils.  The huge amounts of water make for some interesting looking fights.  Most of the backgrounds are too similar to completely understand what is going on behind them, but it’s still a good looking issue.  One gripe with the art is how Grayson suddenly lost his uniform on the last page.  Dinosaurus is clearly ripping it off, but the majority of it was still on when the wall fell on them.  All of a sudden the rest falls off?  Including his mask?   Cliff Rathburn had a massive task for inking this issue.  The amount of changing shadows must have been time consuming, but he does a great job.  John Rauch’s colors are good, but he isn’t given a lot to color.  Most of it is just blue.

Let’s hope that Kirkman and company can turn around a good ending to “The Death of Everyone.”  Creators are allowed a bad issue now and then, but the timing of this one isn’t good for them.

Invincible #99 gets 2.5/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Invincible #99

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INVINCIBLE #100 : The Covers http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-covers-55725 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-covers-55725#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:33:46 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=55725 Fans are already preparing for the landmark issue of Invincible #100 “The Death Of Everyone”. There will be some variant covers to commemorate the milestone issue, by the following awesome artists: Brian Hitch, Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley, Marc Silvestri, Arthur Adams and Charlie Adlard. Thanks to Skybound we now have all the covers for your […]

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Fans are already preparing for the landmark issue of Invincible #100 “The Death Of Everyone”.

There will be some variant covers to commemorate the milestone issue, by the following awesome artists: Brian Hitch, Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley, Marc Silvestri, Arthur Adams and Charlie Adlard.

Thanks to Skybound we now have all the covers for your viewing pleasure!

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“Invincible” #100, written by Kirkman and illustrated by Ryan Ottley, releases in stores and for download on January 23, 2013

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Invincible #96 Review http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-96-review-51566 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-96-review-51566#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:04:55 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=51566 The Rex/Monster Girl storyline has come to an end for now, and it’s a great ending. And also in the win column, we get Mark Grayson back in the spotlight.  It’s a good month to be an Invincible fan. The Monster Girl/Rex story line that has been the focus point for the last few months ends on […]

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The Rex/Monster Girl storyline has come to an end for now, and it’s a great ending. And also in the win column, we get Mark Grayson back in the spotlight.  It’s a good month to be an Invincible fan.

The Monster Girl/Rex story line that has been the focus point for the last few months ends on a great note.  I like that Robert Kirkman gives it a sense of closure while keeping a few threads open.  The ending makes me want an ongoing for these two.  The big fight against the Flaxan army ends rather abruptly.  It was never given enough time in this arc, so it’s no surprise it’s gone so fast that a reader might not realize the fight ended.  That might be the only fault for this arc.  If the entire arc was centered around Rex/Monster Girl/Monster Girl’s Son having a conversation.  It would have flowed better, and left the focus on the characters.  Kirkman also balances the many plot lines well.  We jump quite a bit story wise, but the issue never feels rushed. The Bulletproof storyline gets some much needed adrenaline.  Putting it simply, there is a new sense of excitement for the book.  And this is a great thing considering Invincible #100 is coming up.  Every milestone issue should have a great run up to the issue.

But the big reason that this issue got a 4/5 was the return of Mark Grayson.  I’ve written a few reviews for Invincible recently, and ever time I mention how I miss Mark Grayson.  He’s the reason that kept me reading Invincible.  I’m glad we had this short side story, as it shows how strong the Invincible universe is, but we need Mark Grayson.  I put the issue down down and was genuinely excited about the next few issues.  The somewhat lack of power that Mark is dealing with his handled very well by Kirkman.  It’s relatable without making him less of a superhero.  Eve and Mark have been one of my favorite comic couples for some time, so seeing them have problems, and deal with them in a mature and real way was great to read.

Ryan Ottley and Corey Walker knock the issue out of the park on art.  The only thing that I would write down as a “bad” thing is how young Rex and Monster Girl look in Ottley’s scenes.  They look like pre-teens, then go to full fledged adults in a couple of panels.  I was a little confused at first, but realized what was going on during my second read through.  Otherwise, it’s a great issue by Ottley.  Walker’s pencils are great as always.  He jumps from quite talking heads to bombastic action scenes without missing a beat.  As always, the faces are very expressive, with the reader being able to get the gist of what’s going on without reading a line of dialogue.

Invincible is going to be a great book to read in the upcoming months. Next month would be a good time to jump on.

Invincible #96 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Invincible #96 Review

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Two SKYBOUND Titles Sell Out! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/two-skybound-titles-sell-out-47706 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/two-skybound-titles-sell-out-47706#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:46:12 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=47706 GUARDING THE GLOBE #1 SELLS OUT Team superhero series is set in INVINCIBLE Universe The first issue GUARDING THE GLOBE Volume 2, released on September 5, has sold out. The issue, published by Image Comics/Skybound, will be returning to stores with a second printing (AUG128044) on October 3. Written by Phil Hester (THE DARKNESS) and drawn by Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Young […]

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GUARDING THE GLOBE #1 SELLS OUT

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Guarding the Globe Vol. 2 #1 2nd PtgThe first issue GUARDING THE GLOBE Volume 2, released on September 5, has sold out. The issue, published by Image Comics/Skybound, will be returning to stores with a second printing (AUG128044) on October 3.

Written by Phil Hester (THE DARKNESS) and drawn by Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Young Justice) GUARDING THE GLOBE Vol. 2 is a spin-off of Robert Kirkman’s perennial favorite INVINCIBLE and a continuation of the mini-series published in 2010 and 2011.

Critics have reacted positively to the launch of the series, in which superheroes both familiar and new must team up to protect the Earth in Invincible’s absence.

“Hester shows no problem in striking that familiar Invincible tone. Though there’s a fair amount of violence on hand, there’s also a slightly goofy, playful quality to the conflicts that prevents the character drama from overwhelming the series.”

    - IGN

 

“If Invincible is the best superhero comic in the universe, then Guarding the Globe will soon be in the running for “best team” book.”

    - Mulltiversity Comics

 

“…a funny, intense, beautifully drawn comic that will have you hooked from page one.”

    -Geekadelphia

GUARDING THE GLOBE Vol. 2 #2 will be in stores on the same day as the reprint of issue #1, October 3.

 

THIEF OF THIEVES #8 SELLS OUT

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Robert Kirkman’s THIEF OF THIEVES continues its sell-out streak as issue #8, released on September 5, has sold out and will receive a second printing (AUG128045). The issue was the first in a new story arc written by James Asmus. The second printing will be in stores on October 3, the same day as THIEF OF THIEVES #9.

Every issue of the Image Comics/Skybound crime drama series, drawn by Shawn Martinbrough, and written with its unique “writers room” method of storytelling has sold out thus far. It has been optioned by AMC (The Walking Dead) and is in development as a television series.

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Invincible #100: The Death Of Everyone! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-death-of-everyone-46986 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-death-of-everyone-46986#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:26:28 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=46986 Well, I guess everyone dies. End of story: Just kidding, well maybe not so i guess we have to wait what Kirkman has in store for us.

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Well, I guess everyone dies. End of story:

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The Teasing Continues Invincible #100: The Death of… http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-teasing-continues-invincible-100-the-death-of-46712 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-teasing-continues-invincible-100-the-death-of-46712#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:52:09 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=46712 Who will it be?

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Invincible #100: The Death of… http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-death-of-46581 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-100-the-death-of-46581#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:12:28 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=46581 Get ready for an iconic issue:

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SDCC 2012: The Walking Dead Issue #100 Exclusive Wristwatch http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-2012-the-walking-dead-issue-100-exclusive-wristwatch-43717 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-2012-the-walking-dead-issue-100-exclusive-wristwatch-43717#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:21:19 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=43717 The Walking Dead Issue #100 San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Wristwatch is finally here!

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Available July 11-15 only at the Skybound SDCC booth (#2729) and retailing for only $85 each. This watch is limited to only 500 with each box signed and numbered by Robert Kirkman. For more information, please visit www.skybound.com

I know where I will be on preview night!.

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The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners With Greg Nicotero http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-walking-dead-escape-san-diego-partners-with-greg-nicotero-42736 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-walking-dead-escape-san-diego-partners-with-greg-nicotero-42736#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:37:18 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=42736 Wow! It cant get better than this! The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners with Make-Up Effects Company KNB EFX Group, Inc. Lead by Co-Executive Producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead Greg Nicotero The Zombie Apocalypse Event Debuts at Petco Park to Celebrate Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Issue #100 During San Diego Comic-Con July […]

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Wow! It cant get better than this!

The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners with Make-Up Effects Company KNB EFX Group, Inc. Lead by Co-Executive Producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead Greg Nicotero

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The Zombie Apocalypse Event Debuts at Petco Park to Celebrate Robert Kirkman’s
The Walking Dead Issue #100 During San Diego Comic-Con July 12-14, 2012

San Diego, CA – June 19, 2012 – The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego announced its partnership with KNB EFX Group, Inc. and its founder Greg Nicotero, the force behind Special Effects Make-up for TV shows and movies such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, Kill Bill, Predators, Transformers 1-3, Pulp Fiction, Dances with Wolves, Land of the Dead, The Chronicles of Narnia, just to name a few. In conjunction with the release of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead Issue #100 at San Diego Comic-Con, The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego takes place July 12 -14 at Petco Park, centrally located near the San Diego Convention Center. Registration is now open at www.TheWalkingDeadEscape.com.

There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party. Greg Nicotero and his team at KNB EFX will transform those who sign up to be Walkers into the most terrifying zombies to grace San Diego.

With their work on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero and his KNB EFX team have deep experience creating some of the most incredible zombies in the industry. Founded in 1988, they have become one of the most prolific Special Make-up Effects Studios in Hollywood. One look at Nicotero’s creations for the undead and The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego participants will know they are in for a zombie experience like no other.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Greg and his KNB EFX team on board for The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego,” said event producer Liam Brenner. “People who sign up to be Walkers will have the opportunity to be completely transformed into zombies by the leader in the Special Make-up Effects industry. It’s really a chance of a lifetime!”

Skybound.com’s The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego is unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S., expanding on the best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, allowing Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse.

Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers, while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near, and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone at the end where it will be determined if they have been infected.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.thewalkingdeadescape.com.

About Greg Nicotero & KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Greg Nicotero is Co-Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-Up designer on The Walking Dead. In 2011, he received two Emmy nominations and won the Emmy (his 3rd) for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-Up for a Series for The Walking Dead. The web series “Torn Apart” based on the WALKING DEAD Franchise which he co-wrote and directed, won the 2011 Writer’s Guild Award for outstanding achievement in writing for new media.

His company, The KNB EFX Group (KNB) has contributed to such films as Dances with Wolves, The Green Mile, Sin City, Transformers and Pulp Fiction. Prosthetics and character make-up can be seen in everything from Kill Bill, Splice, Drag me To Hell, The Hills Have Eyes to Boogie Nights, Grindhouse, Austin Powers: Goldmember and Army of Darkness. Nicotero supervised make-up effects on no less than 90 films, from Inglorious Basterds to the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks HBO series The Pacific and Predator. He also won a British Academy Award for Best Make-Up as well as an Oscar for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others.

Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

Agent Burgos, The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego Partners With Greg Nicotero

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Invincible #92 Review http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-92-review-42186 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-92-review-42186#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:09:18 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=42186 Invincible continues to be a comic series that is impossible to get a hold of.  And by get a hold of, I mean guessing what is coming next.  Robert Kirkman continues to screw with Mark’s life, while also borderline shattering the rest of the relationships that have been building up in the last few months. Kirkman […]

Kevin Finnigan, Invincible #92 Review

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Invincible continues to be a comic series that is impossible to get a hold of.  And by get a hold of, I mean guessing what is coming next.  Robert Kirkman continues to screw with Mark’s life, while also borderline shattering the rest of the relationships that have been building up in the last few months.

Kirkman balances the multiple plot lines well in this issue, but Mark’s sadly doesn’t get enough time.  It’s great to see the lesser characters explored and built upon, but readers go to this book each month to see the exploits of Mark Grayson.  Saying that, Kirkman has put Mark into an interesting predicament.  While nothing new for superhero comics, it’s interesting to see Kirkman’s superhero tackle this plot point.  There is a huge battle near the beginning of the book that wasn’t really needed.  It’s clearly there to give Ryan Ottley something big and bombastic to pencil, but some of those pages could have been added to the other parts story lines.  Monster Girl and Rex, and Bulletproof, take up the rest of the issue.  Monster Girl and Rex are slowly becoming one of my favorite parts of this series.  We get a few ideas of what happened to them, and we will no doubt get the whole story in an upcoming issue (I believe #95).  The ending is harsh for the couple, and long time readers will be intrigued by this turn of events for them.

Bulletproof, while being the only person in the Invincible costume, barely gets any time to shine.  But Kirkman showcases an interesting predicament for a superhero, and handles it well.  We often see superheroes with loving girlfriends/boyfriends, but showing a hero with a jealous/insane partner.

With the increasing cast of this book, Kirkman might want to consider a side book.  Maybe a double feature, with two short stories about the rest of the cast in this world.  Bulletproof will be going to Guarding the Globe in September, but Monster Girl/Rex could support half a book.  It would be a great place to start up new villains and other plot points.  While not a major concern, it just makes some issues uneven.

Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker share penciling duties on this issue.  Ottley pencils most of the issue, with Walker handling the story parts that detail Monster Girl and Rex in the alien world.  Ottley’s pencils are, as always, gorgeous.  Characters have a stunning mount of personality when they speak.  And while he fight scene wasn’t exactly needed, Ottley knocks it out of the park.  He never ceases to amaze me when it comes to penciling new villains.  Every one has a unique look to them.  When the big revelation on the last page hits, Ottley gives an almost terrifying look to Monster Girl’s face.  The reader can feel how angry she is, and want to side with her even before we know exactly what happened to them.  Walker’s scenes in the alien world don’t fair as well.  The aliens aren’t as interesting as Ottley has penciled them, and the action scenes can be a little stiff.  But Walker pulls through when it matters the most.  The talking scenes between Monster Girl and Rex are handled well, with a wisdom beyond their years clearly there.

Invincible #92 gets 3.5/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Invincible #92 Review

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ADVANCE REVIEW Invincible #91 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-91-36218 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-invincible-91-36218#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 14:05:11 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=36218   Things just can’t seem to go Mark’s way these days.  After almost being offed by the last of the Viltrumite, the disease that Oliver accidentally released is starting to take it’s toll on him as well.  Even with Mark getting some bad luck, Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley make the issue a fun read. […]

Kevin Finnigan, ADVANCE REVIEW Invincible #91

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Things just can’t seem to go Mark’s way these days.  After almost being offed by the last of the Viltrumite, the disease that Oliver accidentally released is starting to take it’s toll on him as well.  Even with Mark getting some bad luck, Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley make the issue a fun read.

Much like The Walking Dead, Invincible has sometimes been a book that works better when reading a lot of issues at once.  Last issue seemed this way, but this issue works much betting in the single issue format.  Kirkman balances the ever expansive cast well, giving Bulletproof some much needed characterization.  After #90, Bulletproof hasn’t come off as the greatest of replacements for Mark.  He hit on Eve, when it was clear she didn’t want him before he even tried to hit on her.  With Bulletproof seemingly going to the Guarding the Glob ongoing, this should give Kirkman more room to play with other characters.  Kirkman calls back to a lot of things in this series, which he has done a lot in his run with Invincible.  He gives the reader just enough information for them to go “Oh yeah, I remember that,” which keeps the momentum of the comic well.  Nothing like an obscure call back to destroy the enjoyment of the reader.  One thing that I’d like to see is the after effect of Oliver’s role in Mark being sick.  It’s a great story beat that hasn’t been touched on in the past few months.  While there have been other things taking the spotlight, like Bulletproof being Invincible, it’s a story beat that Kirkman should touch upon soon.

Ever since the Viltrumite War, the book has a cloud hanging over it.  The War was something that Kirkman had been hinting since the beginning of the series, so what is next for Mark?  It’s the same problem that happened with Buffy the Vampire Slayer in season 5 and 6.  You defeat the big evil and the worst of the worst happens.  So what happens next?  Everything else seems so mundane?  Kirkman finds a way though, even if it’s not unique to super hero books.  The status quo of the book is up in the air for now, with Bulletproof being Invincible for the foreseeable future.  The Guarding the Globe book doesn’t come out until September, but the preview art already shows Bulletproof as Invincible.  It’s going to be an interesting year for Invincible.

Guarding the Globe #1 is out in September

Ryan Ottley continues to destroy the art on this book (in a good way).  He switches from bombastic action to quiet scenes without missing a hitch.  His characters have always been very expressive, and that continues here.  I recently went on a Invincible reading spree, and it’s amazing how much Ottley’s art has improved over the years.  Not to say his art was bad before, but it’s just that much better now.  The action scenes are great as always.  Someone times Ottley’s bodies can be a little exaggerated, but Eve’s body has stayed surprisingly the same.  Even with some added weight, Ottley gives her a great amount of confidence and sex appeal.  Dinosaurus has a great amount of detail.  While the book hasn’t been shipping on time for a while, it’s better to have to wait a while and have the art look better than have it ship on time and have the art suffer.

Invincible #91 continues to show that Invincible is one of the best superhero books on the stands today

Invincible #91 gets 4/5.

Kevin Finnigan, ADVANCE REVIEW Invincible #91

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Robert Kirkman’s Series Returns As Ongoing With New Creative Team http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/robert-kirkmans-series-returns-as-ongoing-with-new-creative-team-35326 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/robert-kirkmans-series-returns-as-ongoing-with-new-creative-team-35326#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:43:18 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=35326 THE GLOBE’S NEW GUARDIANS The miniseries that spun out of Robert Kirkman’s original INVINCIBLE universe, GUARDING THE GLOBE, will be back in September as an ongoing series from Skybound/Image Comics. Phil Hester, just coming off a successful run on THE DARKNESS, will be taking over writing duties from Kirkman and artist Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood […]

Agent Burgos, Robert Kirkman’s Series Returns As Ongoing With New Creative Team

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THE GLOBE’S NEW GUARDIANS

The miniseries that spun out of Robert Kirkman’s original INVINCIBLE universe, GUARDING THE GLOBE, will be back in September as an ongoing series from Skybound/Image Comics.

Phil Hester, just coming off a successful run on THE DARKNESS, will be taking over writing duties from Kirkman and artist Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, YOUNG JUSTICE) will be handling all the art of the ongoing series beginning with issue #1. Months before it hits the shelves again, fans will be given a taste of what’s to come from the new creative team on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th.

“The Invincible Universe has outgrown its parent title and I’m very excited about being able to tell larger, more in depth stories with some of the key players from that book in this series,” said GUARDING THE GLOBE creator/writer Robert Kirkman, “Phil Hester and Todd Nauck are well known to fans of superhero comics and I think people are fully aware that they’re going to knock this book out of the park.”

Familiar yet fresh, GUARDING THE GLOBE will appeal to fans of the back-to-basics approach to superhero comics that INVINCIBLE is known for. Heroes both familiar and new struggle to protect Earth in Invincible’s absence. As the Viltrumite War rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the ranks of the Guardians of the Globe are suddenly depleted. The world is in danger, and the team is in search of new blood.

Hester and Nauck have described the first issue of the GUARDING THE GLOBE ongoing as a perfect starting point for those that haven’t read any of the series before.

“When Robert first approached me about this ongoing series, I knew I wanted to be a part of GUARDING THE GLOBE,” said Nauck, whose creator-owned series WILDGUARD was published by Image. “I really respect what Robert’s accomplished so far with the series and I’m having a blast drawing this book. I feel it’s my best work to date. It’s great to be working with Image Comics again!”

“When Robert floated the idea it didn’t take me very long to say yes,” added Hester. “The characters in GUARDING THE GLOBE have the same kind of freshness INVINCIBLE does. It’s a great chance to both pay homage to super heroes and upend them a bit in way that isn’t cynical, but humanizing.”

Each 32-page full-color issue will be available for purchase and reorder in comic book stores and on multiple digital platforms.

Agent Burgos, Robert Kirkman’s Series Returns As Ongoing With New Creative Team

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INVINCIBLE #89 sells out, gets second printing http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-89-sells-out-gets-second-printing-31391 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/invincible-89-sells-out-gets-second-printing-31391#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:24:36 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=31391 INVINCIBLE’S NEW HERO TAKES FLIGHT In INVINCIBLE #89, creator Robert Kirkman changed everything, and fans responded — after hitting stores on February 29, the issue has sold out, prompting a second printing (JAN128085) that will be in stores on March 28, the same day as INVINCIBLE #90. With Mark Grayson fighting the deadly Scourge virus […]

Agent Burgos, INVINCIBLE #89 sells out, gets second printing

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INVINCIBLE’S NEW HERO TAKES FLIGHT

In INVINCIBLE #89, creator Robert Kirkman changed everything, and fans responded — after hitting stores on February 29, the issue has sold out, prompting a second printing (JAN128085) that will be in stores on March 28, the same day as INVINCIBLE #90.

With Mark Grayson fighting the deadly Scourge virus in an alien hospital, a new hero dons the Invincible costume, INVINCIBLE #89 has led long-time readers to speculate what direction the story will take and provided new or lapsed readers with a jumping-on point.

INVINCIBLE #89 is a full-color comic book for $2.99, written by Robert Kirkman, with art by Ryan Ottley. The ongoing monthly series is available in comic book stores and on multiple digital platforms.

Agent Burgos, INVINCIBLE #89 sells out, gets second printing

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