Allen the Alien makes a difficult decision, Nolan is reunited with Kid Omni-Man, and a lot of people have a lot of sex in this month’s Invincible!

Invincible 85
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciler, Inker: Cory Walker
Colorist: FCO Plascencia
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sina Grace
Cover: Cory Walker and FCO Plascencia
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99

Previously, in Invincible: While the Viltrumite invasion of Earth miraculously didn’t result in the destruction of the planet, it did end with the Viltrumites infiltrating Earth’s society, making an agreement with Invincible (Mark Grayson) and Omni-Man (Nolan Grayson) that the two parties would leave each other alone, lest they enter into mutually assured destruction in a battle that would devastate the Earth. During the Viltrumite war, Kid Omni-Man (Oliver Grayson) was injured and sent to Talescria to recuperate, where he’s been staying with Allen the Alien (one of the great comic book names, which I frequently portmantypo as “Allien”) and his girlfriend.

In This Issue

We see a riff on a joke from previous issues of Invincible–in the past Omni-Man stayed at Allen’s house, and was treated to the sounds of Allen and his girlfriend doing it every night, despite Allen’s firm belief that his apartment was soundproofed enough that it wouldn’t be a problem. In the present day, Kid Omni-Man has apparently been putting up with the same thing, having actually accidentally walked in on the pair going at it.

When Nolan and Deborah arrive on Talescria, Oliver is excited to have a respite from overhearing Allen and Telia’s bedroom activities. In the culmination of the issue-long joke, Nolan accidentally leaves the door to his bedroom open and Oliver is forced to hear his parents get it on. Cory Walker draws this scene as a parallel to the previous scenes where Nolan was in Allen’s apartment; Oliver is laying on the couch trying to drown out the sounds with a pillow.

Speaking of Art…

I really enjoy this sort of callback, and what’s interesting is that I believe the artist on the issue this one references was Ryan Ottley, whereas this issue is Cory Walker. I enjoy Walker’s art, and he has definitely improved from when Invincible began oh-so-many years ago, but I prefer Ottley’s work on the title.

Invincible May be a Bit of a Misnomer…

Despite the title, this issue doesn’t contain any Invincible, which is frustrating given the cliffhanger we were left with in 84, when Mark broke Dinosaurus out of the Pentagon prison to try to save the world through means less than savory to the U.S. government. I don’t mind this, especially since we get the next issue in only three weeks, but it is worth noting.

Rockin’ the Rocket Ship

Instead of Mark, we get a lot of his father. And by a lot of his father, I mean there isn’t a whole lot left to the imagination, as his father is naked for a decent bit of this issue. You see, it is a long ride to Talescria and since Nolan and Deborah have been on somewhat rocky terms in recent days, the journey provides an opportunity to spend some quality time reacquainting themselves with each other and solving their marital problems, mostly through having lots and lots of sex. The art is very tastefully done with this, and Kirkman throws in some very clever dialogue along with the scenes.

The plot advancement in this issue doesn’t take up much of the story, but it will have some real consequences in the immediate future. Allen discovers the Viltrumites are living on Earth now, and as leader of the alliance it is his duty to do something about it, even if it means Earth is destroyed. He wants to use the Scourge virus that worked well against the Viltrumites once, while Omni-Man tries to convince him that just as Earth changed him, so could it change the rest of the Viltrumites. This exchange sets up the main conflict of the next book, as Omni-Man will be battling Allen over the fate of the Earth.

THE VERDICT: Not much happens, but it’s a lot of fun!

Robert Kirkman has recently become one of my favorite comic book writers thanks to his witty and quick-paced dialogue in Invincible. The story he tells in this issue doesn’t advance the overarching plot a ton, but it establishes a key plot point and spends the rest of the issue making some jokes. While I am left a bit frustrated that we don’t get further revelations as to what Mark is doing, I really enjoyed both the writing and the art (even if it wasn’t Ryan Ottley), and give this book four out of five stars.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Author

Jimmy

Jimmy

Once upon a time, there was a boy. This boy grew up reading classic literature--Moby Dick, The Time Machine, Robinson Crusoe. At age six, his favorite novel was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He devoted his time and efforts into being an incredible nerd, mastering classical literature and scientific history for his school's trivia team. Then he got to college, and started reading comic books. It's been all downhill from there.
Jimmy's favorite writers include Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Chuck Dixon, Mark Waid and Bryan Q. Miller. His favorite artists are Kevin Maguire, Amanda Conner and Alex Ross, and his least favorite grammatical convention is the Oxford Comma. His most frequent typographical gaffe is Randomly Capitalizing Words.

You can follow his lunacy on Twitter at @JimmyTheDunn

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6 Comments

  1. BlueBeetle
    November 26, 2011 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Is Ryan Ottley taking an extended break from Invincible?

    • November 27, 2011 at 7:52 am — Reply

      I believe it’s just this issue and the next one; he did the art in 84, and I think Kirkman said he should be back for 87.

  2. ray
    November 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    I think it was 2 issues. They do this periodically so he can catch up. I think they are striving for on time in 2012.

  3. Darrell
    November 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    [i]”Instead of Mark, we get a lot of his father. And by a lot of his father, I mean there isn’t a whole lot left to the imagination, as his father is naked for a decent bit of this issue. You see, it is a long ride to Talescria and since the two have been on somewhat rocky terms in recent days, the journey provides an opportunity to spend some quality time reacquainting themselves with each other and solving their marital problems, mostly through having lots and lots of sex. The art is very tastefully done with this, and Kirkman throws in some very clever dialogue along with the scenes.”[/i]

    Jimmy, I’m not trying to nitpick but if you could *please* throw a line in there about Omni Man’s wife being on the ship, that would be great. A casual read through this paragraph might mislead someone into thinking Oliver and his Dad were uh. Doingl Law and Order: Special victims unit stuff to each other.

    • November 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm — Reply

      Whoops! I restructured that paragraph a couple times, and moved some of the information in it up to a previous paragraph, and in doing so apparently left a very powerful vague pronoun situation in there. I will indeed fix that, and thanks for pointing it out! My apologies for any inappropriate images that may have come to your mind. :)

  4. November 29, 2011 at 3:35 am — Reply

    I’m one of those evil people that just collect the digital trades, but I have to ask… Wasn’t Kid Omniman purple? From what I’ve seen from the issue he’s fleshy like normal humans now. Did I miss something?

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