One of the topics that constantly fill up my e-mail box is recommendations for trade collections that readers should be picking up in lieu of individual issues. This post kicks off a brand new series of trades that are high on my reading list, and should be on yours too.

Fall is in the air, and that means it’s back to school time. But instead of the pushing and shoving and general awkwardness that is high school, what would happen if you discovered you had super powers? If you happen to be Mark Grayson, you’d not only be excited, you’d be relieved that you can follow in your father’s footsteps as a superhero.


Invincible by Robert Kirkman with art by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley follows Mark, the teenage son of Omni-man, as he takes his first steps as a superhero and tries to balances his private life with that as the title character. Before you think this is another retelling of Spider-Man and Peter Parker, think again. The big shock comes at the end of issue #7 when everything he thought he knew about his father was a lie. Turns out Omni-Man isn’t from a benevolent planet sent to help all man-kind, but rather from Viltrumite, a tyrannical world made of the most powerful beings in the universe sent to Earth to take over the planet.

As you might expect there is a huge smack down between father and son until Omni-Man suddenly stops and flies into space, leaving Mark to pick up the pieces of his life. He eventually teams up with other heroes, gets a girlfriend, travels into space, where he meets his father, discovers he has a half-brother, helps to defend the planet from an attack from the Viltrumite home world, and discovers a secret that may help save the entire universe.

What makes Invincible a must read title is it is so much fun. Every character in the series is so well written and well thought out. Even throw away characters like the Mauler Twins have an important part play in the overall story. Also, thrown in throughout the series are nods to other superheroes and events from other companies, like Darkwing who looks an awful lot like a certain Gotham vigilante, and Damien Darkblood who might remind readers of a certain paranoid investigator from Watchmen.


50coverCLR.jpgThe writing from Kirkman is top notch. He really understands how to develop and write characters readers can instantly identify with. The dialogue is witty and snappy and rarely drags. If I had one complaint about the series is it can get a little 90210 in places, but I think that’s unavoidable when you are talking about teenagers coping with new responsibilities, dating, hormones, and the rest.

Invincible first burst on the scene in 2002, and is quickly closing in on issue #50, while it may seem like a lot to catch up on, Invincible is collected in eight softcover trade paperbacks that go for around $11 each, but for your money and reading pleasure get yourself the three Invincible Ultimate Collection hardcovers that sell for $23 each..

If you are looking for a trade collection to keep you busy and entertained, you can’t go wrong with Invincible from Image Comics. I give the series a solid, well deserved, top of the world 5 out of 5 Stars.


The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. OS Perry
    September 9, 2007 at 6:38 pm — Reply

    Thank you greatly for this feature. Hopefully it will become a regular feature. I think it will prove very valuable to some. I gave up on the Green Lantern series after about 5 issues, after Hal Jordan’s return, because of lackluster writing, and didn’t give the Sinestro Wars a chance, & I hear it is the best series out right now, and must read.

  2. September 9, 2007 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    Um … you might want to let people know that you are including SPOILERS in this feature. I have only read the first 2 HCs and didn’t know Mark had a brother … I realise your site is called Major Spolers … but …

    I do enjoy the site, it is a daily stope for me. Just letting you know …

  3. September 10, 2007 at 9:32 am — Reply

    I just picked up the Ultimate Invincible vol 1 this weekend. I started reading this book with issue 25 so it’s kind of fun to go back and read it from it’s beginning.

  4. Greg
    September 10, 2007 at 11:18 am — Reply

    Spoilers? The site is called Major Spoilers… I think that’s plenty of warning

  5. September 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    I just finished the 7th trade “Three’s Company”. I’m really enjoying this series. Since this is the last one my library had it looks like I’m going to have to crack open the wallet and purchase 8 thru 11.

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