Monday, August 16, 2021

Invincible - It's About Time

The first episode of Invincible, adapted from the comic series of the same name, introduces us to teenager Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun). The son of the world's most powerful hero, Mark finally gets his own powers as "It's About Time" works as an origin story for the hero who would come to be known as Invincible. It's not until the end of the episode that the darker themes of the comic are touched on as Mark's father Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons) lures the world's greatest heroes into one location and murders them setting up a mystery and eventual confession which will lead Mark to find his own place in the world.

Like The Boys, Invincible is violent and bloody, but it does have a likable main character (something sorely lacking from Amazon's other super-hero show). The episode also introduces several important supporting characters who will be important to either Mark's civilian or super-hero life, or both. The delay of Omni-Man's secret allows for a very old-school style super-hero origin story to play out before things get complicated. It's a bright and solid opening that teases dark days yet to come.

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