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Invincible Volume 16: Family Ties TP [Paperback]

Robert Kirkman

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July 17 2012 Invincible (Book 16)
The aftermath of the Viltrumite War continues! Mark is unprepared for the challenges his brother Oliver and Allen the Alien set before him... get ready for a beat down in the grand Invincible fashion!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065791
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...good guys wear grey... Aug. 11 2012
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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With this latest batch of issues of INVINCIBLE Robert Kirkman eases off the gas pedal, and I just lied to you right now. INVINCIBLE Vol. 16: FAMILY TIES collects issues #85-90 and features a 16-paged sketchbook with commentary by Kirkman, Ottley, and Walker. In this volume Robert Kirkman does what he's always done. He serves up some nice character moments. He kickstarts your adrenalin with game-changing plot swerves and a series of by now obligatory sensational action sequences. Ryan Ottley and co-creator and original artist Cory Walker deliver the dynamic visuals.

***Warning: A plot SPOILER here and there***

When we last left off, Mark Grayson (a.k.a. Invincible) and his dad, Nolan (once known as Omniman, Earth's greatest superhero) faced an impossible situation. The last surviving pocket of Viltrumites - that cruel alien race once bent on subjugating the universe - is now holing up on Earth. The Viltrumites present Mark and Nolan with a bargain: that for one thousand years they'll curb their appetite for conquest and maintain a low profile on the planet. Within this span of time, they intend to breed with humans and, in so doing, repopulate their dying race. Confronted with the alternative - an all-out war with the Viltrumites and the destruction of Earth as a possible fallout - Mark and Nolan reluctantly agree to a truce.

The first two issues in this trade catch us up to what's been going on with the Coalition of Planets, where Mark's half-alien younger brother, Oliver, is recuperating nicely from his recent skirmish, where Nolan and Mark's mom are having a, er, vigorous reconciliation, and where the mantle of leadership rests uneasily on Allen the Alien's brow. The pressure is on Allen to hunt down the remaining Viltrumites and put a permanent end to their reign of terror. When he learns of the Viltrumites' pact with Mark and Nolan, well, things get even more interesting. If you're expecting the same old, happy-go-lucky Allen the Alien, that dude's not here. On one hand, Allen's recent character arc is gratifying. On the other hand, what Allen does next not only ruins a tight friendship but seems out of character. I guess you never know how one reacts to incredible pressure. Moral quandaries, all over the place.

Back home on Earth, the superhero community still reels from Invincible's shocking break-out of Dinosaurus, a reptilian supervillain whose fierce intellect is even more formidable than his fangs and claws and imposing mass. Invincible is trying a more oblique approach to better the world, never mind that it involves an alliance with Dinosaurus. Now labeled as an enemy of the state, Mark Grayson's to-do list expands when his brother Oliver and Allen enter Earth's orbit with a truly messed-up agenda. By the way, Oliver's actions shouldn't really surprise anyone. Kirkman was never coy in presenting Oliver's antipathy towards humanity. Anyway, Invincible refuses to fall in line with Allen's plan. And so fly the fisticuffs as we soak in another round of brutal and grotesque fighty fights.

Kirkman's other super-title may be getting more pub, but I prefer INVINCIBLE. Within sniffing distance of that landmark 100th issue, this series' evolution has been remarkable, having started out as a fun homage to Silver Age sensibilities and now become a sweeping and much darker superhero saga. To balance the grandiose cosmic hullabaloo, Kirkman never neglects to key in on those quiet personal moments. Mark's supporting cast is so solid and diverse that when Kirkman assigns other characters to carry the narrative or advance the plot, here I am still furiously flipping the pages. Note that Dinosaurus, in these issues, becomes an absolutely compelling figure.

Maybe someday Robert Kirkman will write an Invincible story arc in which nothing of consequence happens, in which there are no shocking plot reveals or limbs getting ripped off or skulls stoved in. But that's not this story arc. I haven't even gone into the new Invincible's making his debut.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new direction continues...... Aug. 9 2012
By Desmond M Hassing - Published on Amazon.com
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In comic book parlance "It all begins here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Please note the enthusiasm of all the exclamation points)

I have always had a love hate relationship with "Invincible" on the one hand it's quirky, funny even occasionally what one might call zany (So it's certainly my kind of Superhero Comic) on the other hand I get frustrated when I read a half years worth of it and most of that time is spent on the minutiae of Mark's life with a few small fight scenes usually shown as a montage (This comic just doesn't lend itself well to the EPIC event style of comic writing). Which is why I am so happy with this volume and "Get Smart", Volume 15 had Mark making decisions which may well distances himself from those he knows and loves and Volume 16 reveals a major secret (Shhhhhh, here's the 411......Duh like I'm going to spoil it? I don't think so) upon which the future of humanity may hang.

If you're still reading then there is no reason to stop doing so here, I think you will enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form Sept. 15 2012
By Ben Lacy - Published on Amazon.com
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Frankly, the last trade was a little disappointing but this one marks a return to form as Allen, now the leader of the coalition of planets, finds out the remaining Viltrumites are on Earth and resolves to deal with them. There's some real twists here and a lot of great development done on Invincible's supporting cast. Dinosaurus, who's alliance with Invincible in the last trade I found a little hard to believe, gains a lot of depth. I also love the Regent Thragg, he's clearly styled after some kind of Russian Tsar and he's just awesome everytime he appears.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series from Robert Kirkman Sept. 7 2012
By 1AnimeFan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first exposed to Invincible when he crossed over into Marvel Comics "Marvel Team-Up" series (a series that I wish had gone on longer). I enjoyed Invincible's outsider take on the Marvel Universe so much that I started following his own series.

I really enjoy the character and with Robert Kirkman's work as a whole. Invincible is one of the strongest characters in the Image Comics Universe, but it is hard to predict in what direction the series will go next. Each volume always seems to have some big reveal or is part of a bigger underlying storyline.

Volume 16 probably isn't the best jumping point for new readers, but if you have been reading since Volume 1, there is no reason not to continue reading with this volume.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story arc... one of the best in the series so far! July 31 2012
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
"Invincible Volume 16: Family Ties"
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Ryan Ottley
(Image Comics, 2012)
This is an excellent collection, gathering issues #85-90 of the "Invincible" series, picking up the plot where the metahuman hero Invincible has decided to play god a little bit, and bend the law in order to "improve" the world. The hero-goes-rogue thread gets swiftly abandoned, though, in favor of a much more exciting (and fun!) plotline that focusses on the book's outer-space, sci-fi aspects. Not feeling overly spoiler-y today, that's all I'll say about it, except that I've been reading "Invincible" from the start and I really enjoyed this collection... It's one of the best, most fun TPBs to date... Highly recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)

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