Well, we all saw that comin’
For anyone who can pick up and read Previews, I donâ€™t think it came as any surprise that this issue featured the death of a character a lot of readers, including the title character himself, had fallen in love with.Â Unlike other comic book deaths, this one was turned out to be extremely brutal, and the method in how it happened makes this a huge milestone for the series.
Iâ€™m really surprised the Viltrumites havenâ€™t already taken over the entire universe.Â With the biggest of the big beating Mark Grayson to death on each and every panel of the issue, it seems the aliens could simply sweep across the galaxy in a day or so and bring everyone under their control.Â If only Mark had remembered what his dad wrote about in those books all so long ago, the key to the Viltrumite downfall might be swift at hand.
Instead, readers are subjected (or treated, depending on your view of things) to a smack down fight that continues to build and become more violent with each and every panel.Â Mark is taking a huge beating, and those with weak stomachs, or opposed to a lot of bloody violence in their comics, might want to pass on this issue, because it gets really intense.Â Markâ€™s younger half brother, Oliver is almost ripped in half when he tries to help his ailing brother, and it makes one wince at the thought of seeing alien bug/Viltrumite guts splatter across the page.Â It gets even more intense when Markâ€™s leg is literally taken out from under him, and in a moment that will surely mark a huge change in the tone of the series, Atom Eve is killed in a single panel.
Even though we all knew it was coming, and even though that last several issues have presented pages and pages of blood and guts, that exact panel is powerful enough to make anyone utter an audible â€œdaaaaaammmmmnnnâ€ at the site of the Viltrumite punching his fist through Atom Eveâ€™s torso with no effort.Â Beyond the shock factor, itâ€™s also a pretty sobering and sad moment as readers realize that Mark has now lost the one person in his life he really loved.
If she is gone, and she probably is, Mark has nothing left to live for, which is going to make the conclusion of the Conquest story next issue a battle for the ages.
As much as Robert Kirkman likes to parody the superhero genre, Iâ€™m wondering if he and Image have a strong enough will to actually keep Atom Eve dead, or if Mark will pull a Superman: The Motion Picture and have Mark turn back time, or some such nonsense, to bring her back to life.Â Even though Mark has been shat on a great deal in this series, the events of the last five issues have really changed the tone and nature to the point that I seriously doubt Kirkman will be able to bring back the light, somewhat soap opera-esque feel that this series had been treading for the last few years.
Iâ€™m not a big blood and guts fan, but this time out, Ryan Ottley went all out to show the horrors of war in as much detail as he could muster on the page.Â I know Ottley can push things even further, but even with his holding back, the art in this issue is stunning, and fills one with awe over the chaos and destruction.
Simply put, Invincible #63 is a shocking one, not from some held back reveal that promised to rock the comic book community to its core, but in how that story plays out in the pages.Â Truly dynamic storytelling and art, make this a must read issue for anyone interested in what is going on in the Image Universe, and a canâ€™t miss issue for Invincible fans.