EAfter their hit superhero success in The Boys, Amazon Prime Video dips its toes back into that realm with Invincible. Another comic book adaptation from the creator of The Walking Dead, is coming to the streaming service in 2021. During New York Comic-Con 2020, The Invincible animated series teaser trailer revealed just what to expect from the new show. And it actually looks pretty good, and very faithful to the visual style of the comic book series.
What, Or Who, Is Invincible Exactly?
Image via Image Comics.
Invincible is a super successful superhero comic book series from Robert Kirkman published by Image Comics. The series debuted in 2002 and had a hugely successful run of 144 issues ending in 2018. The series is written by Kirkman and Cory Walker, along with artist Ryan Ottley. It’s the visual look of the show that really appeals to casual audiences, over Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. As a result, the visual style translating into an animated series just makes sense. The art is very clean and mainstream looking, appealing to even non-comic book audiences.
The lead character of the Invincible series is Mark Grayson, a young teenager who discovers he has super powers. Finding out that his father is from a different world a superhero, Mark has to deal with the revelation of his origins, along with becoming a superhero himself. Where Invincible separates itself from other teen-learning-to-be-a-superhero stories, is that Marks’ father is very much still in the picture. However, Mark soon realizes the it’s a double-edged sword.
The official synopsis for the Invincible animated series from Amazon Prime Video describes the plot of the new show.
“Invincible” is an adult animated superhero show that revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yuen), who’s just like every other guy his age — except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers that his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.
Why Is Invincible Different From Other Superhero Stories?
Image via Image Comics.
Invincible separates itself from other superhero stories for a variety of reasons. Most major DC Comics and Marvel Comics properties and characters are such franchises, that the stories go through multiple arcs from different writers. This lends to verifying differences in storytelling, approach to the character, and overall quality of the stories themselves. With Invincible being a series from a more independent comic publisher like Image, Kirkman, and Walker write the entire series. So there’s a level of consistency in the storytelling style and the characters’ actions that other mainstream titles don’t provide. Outside of that, the story of Mark as a teen learning to be a superhero avoids the usual tropes of dead parents and tragic back-story.
This right away puts Mark in a status quo of an everyday kid, and becomes more relatable than other heroes in similar situations. Even when things take a turn in the story, Mark’s dynamic with his father works as an allegory to any child’s disagreements with their parents over the purpose of their life versus what they’re parents want for them. Obviously, with a world-conquering difference here.
The Invincible Animated Series Teaser Trailer Looks Very Polished
During the Metaverse panel at New York Comic-Con 2020, Kirkman released the Invincible animated series teaser trailer, introducing us to the first look of the show. The teaser begins very slowly, playing off of the usual kids in high school idea. It’s narrated by Marks’ father, Omni-Man, who explains to the titular character how he is different from others. How he is truly, invincible. The visual tone is very in keeping to the panels of the original comic book, which is to say that it looks incredible.
The Cast Of Invincible Animate Series Is Pretty Spectacular
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Fans of genre shows will recognize some of the voices in the Invincible animated series teaser trailer right away. Especially seeing that J.K. Simmons voices the role of Omni-Man, while Steven Yeun voices the lead hero Mark. Sandra Oh plays his mother, while the likes of Seth Rogen, Mark Hamill, Zachary Quinto, and many others grace the cast through the series. And a quick look at the series’ IMDB page is impressive all on its own, with many Walking Dead alums present as well.
The Invincible animated series premieres on Prime Video sometime in 2021.
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