Superhero fatigue is a real problem for the media world. After tuning my ears to the hype around Invincible, the superhero premise had my eyes rolling. How can they make the origin of a teenage superhero interesting anymore? Well, Kirkman and team have done so, with every single punch nailing its target. The fast-paced eight episode season hits full force and constantly lulls you into a false sense of security. Twists and turns happen so often yet never tank what the show’s all about. The animation is incredible with fights (oh god, the fights) being smooth, brutal and full of frames rich with detail. You’re constantly absorbed into the destruction that is balanced well with the numerous characters. Each of which are performed spectacularly by the voice cast, from Steven Yuen’s youthfulness to J.K. Simmons… well… being himself. Each episode is consistently engaging yet different enough to be fresh each time. Special mention to the absolute insanity that is the climatic final moments full of weight and emotion. All of it ties together with a story that questions the responsibilities of what it is to be super. The show also brings in some realism around the maturity of the characters and how they would balance their secret lives. It’s a refreshingly unique take on the age old formula, while always being surprising and thrilling to watch. Go in blind and see how the greatness of the show is truly *cue title card*.
“Nine out of ten, so much blood.”