Title: Invincible Ultimate Collection Volume 6
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Ryan Ottley, Corey Walker (pencils), Cliff Rathburn (inks), FCO Plascencia, Dave McCaig (colors), Ryan Ottley, FCO Plascencia (covers)
Collects: Invincible #60-70, Invincible Returns #1
It's time, again, for my yearly dose of Invincible! Since these collections only come out one time a year, and I tend to read them through in only one sitting, a year seems like an awfully long time to wait for them, but they are usually satisfying when I get them.
Kirkman's super hero book has all of the conventions of traditional super-hero books, and a few contrivances that I could do without, but it remains, overall, a very strong book for fans of the genre. Volume six of this series contains the two TPBs Invincible Volume 12: Still Standing and Invincible Volume 13. The first story arc deals with the re-emergence of old foe Angstrom Levy, who is finally ready to launch his plan of revenge against Invincible - whom he blames for all of his problems in life. Angstrom's been working behind the scenes for quite some time, now, using his teleportation and time/space portal abilities to comb alternate realities for allies powerful enough to help him take out Mark Grayson and his own allies. Who better to take out Invincible than evil alternate-reality versions of Invincible? With his army assembled and ready to go, Angstrom unleashes them on the unsuspecting world and every available hero is needed to try to stop them. There's plenty of action in these issues, and quite a few fatalities. The epic team-ups and battles are over far too quickly, in my opinion, and it seems like this story was rushed a bit. Why it was rushed, I can't tell you, but that seems to be the case. Still enjoyable, but over too quickly. Also in the first half of the book is the titanic battle between Invincible and Conquest (one of the Viltrumite Empire's biggest brutes.) Oh, what a battle! Fantastic fisticuffs between these two titans that have to be seen, first-hand! I'll leave it to you to see this for yourself...
The second half of the book introduces a few new villains, including Dinosaurus and Universa, reveals what has been going on with a few other villains who were beat down in past issues, shows us the evolution of Mark's younger brother Oliver (who desires to be called Kid Omni-Man), and gives us the culmination of the Sequid invasion of Earth. There's a lot going on throughout the whole book, which is very satisfying. I like it when writers keep multiple plot threads going throughout a series. It keeps the readers engaged and in anticipation of the fruit of these seeded storylines.
Ottley turns in some great artwork, again, and is joined by Invincible co-creator Corey Walker of penciling duties for a few issues, which was nice to see. This book has become less "cartoony" over the years, and I love the art team on the book, right now, but it was still nice to have the series' original artist come back to play in the sandbox for a while.
A great, fun comic endures for another year! If you've been reading this series at all, you'll have to make sure to read this book! If you haven't been reading this series, why not? Give it a try and see what all the talk is about!
Cool Factor: 9/10