|Publication date||January 2003 – February 2018|
|No. of issues||144|
|Created by||Robert Kirkman|
|Written by||Robert Kirkman|
|Family Matters||ISBN 1-5824-0320-1|
|Eight is Enough||ISBN 1-5824-0347-3|
|Perfect Strangers||ISBN 1-5824-0391-0|
|Head of the Class||ISBN 1-5824-0440-2|
|The Facts of Life||ISBN 1-5824-0554-9|
|A Different World||ISBN 1-5824-0579-4|
|Three's Company||ISBN 1-5824-0656-1|
|My Favorite Martian||ISBN 1-5824-0683-9|
|Out of This World||ISBN 1-5824-0827-0|
|Who's the Boss?||ISBN 1-6070-6013-2|
|Happy Days||ISBN 1-6070-6062-0|
|Still Standing||ISBN 1-6070-6166-X|
|Growing Pains||ISBN 1-6070-6251-8|
|The Viltrumite War||ISBN 1-6070-6367-0|
|Get Smart||ISBN 1-6070-6498-7|
Invincible is an American comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, illustrated by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, and published by Image Comics. Set in the Image Universe, Invincible follows the coming of age of superhero Mark Grayson / Invincible, a Viltrumite and first-born son of Omni-Man, the most powerful person on the planet. The series began publication on January 22, 2003, concluding on February 14, 2018 with 144 issues. A television series adaptation began streaming on Amazon Prime Video on March 25, 2021 to critical acclaim.
Mark Grayson was a normal high school senior with a normal part-time job whose father Nolan is the alien (but human-appearing) Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. At age 17, Mark begins to display superpowers, which come from his father being a member of the Viltrumite race, who, according to Nolan, pioneer the galaxy on a mission of benevolence and enlightenment.
As Invincible, Mark begins working as a superhero, with his father acting as his mentor, and meeting other heroes (including Robot, Rex Splode, Dupli-Kate and Atom Eve), discovering that his physics teacher has been turning his students into human bombs, to foiling a plan by the Mauler Twins to make an army of robots. Meanwhile, Omni-Man is kidnapped by aliens, taken to another dimension. He returns after what seems to be only a few days but was actually eight months to him.
While Robert Kirkman has been the sole writer of the series, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley have contributed the art. Cory Walker co-created the book and provided art from #1 to #7 as well as #127–132. Ryan Ottley assumed art duties with issue #8 and drew all other issues. Kirkman has provided back-up space for a few aspiring comic creators, most notably Benito Cereno and Nate Bellegarde. The series is known for its extreme graphic violence despite its colorful nature and visuals.
The series ended with issue #144, with Ryan Ottley "coming back to the book" for the final twelve-issue sequence. The double-sized final issue was released on 14 February 2018. In April 2022, it was announced that a Battle Beast story would be published in Skybound X #25 with Kirkman and Ottley reuniting for the story and published on July 20, 2022.
In 2003 and 2004, Image and Robert Kirkman published several other superhero series: Tech Jacket pencilled in a manga style by E. J. Su (cancelled at #6), the 3-issue Capes Inc. series drawn by Mark Englert and three oneshots starring Brit, the first two with artwork from Tony Moore and the third with artwork by Cliff Rathburn.
In 2007, Brit was launched as an ongoing full-color series written by Bruce Brown, with artwork by Cliff Rathburn. The series was overseen and edited by Robert Kirkman. In late 2007, a two issue mini-series starring Atom Eve was released.
Tech Jacket was first collected as a digest-sized, black and white graphic novel and later reissued in regular sized, full color and a cover scheme similar to Kirkman's other trade paper backs. Capes was collected as a trade paperback in summer 2007, and the three Brit one-shots were colored by Val Staples and published as a collection in 2007, as well.
At first shown to barely coexist in the same universe, the characters have since been integrated into Invincible's book. Tech Jacket was an ongoing series that tied into Invincible #27, and the character has been seen in the background of various battles during the series. The characters from Capes have also been supporting characters seen mainly in large superhero battles Invincible participates in, and the series ran as a back-up in the Invincible book starting with #27. Brit has had an even less substantial role, appearing a couple of times in the aforementioned brawls (understandable considering that after the last book Brit was somewhat-retired). Brit later went on to become the leader of the Guardians of the Globe and was featured heavily in comic spin-offs Guarding the Globe and Invincible Universe. In The Astounding Wolf-Man, Art, Invincible's tailor, appeared, designing the title character's costume. Wolf-man has also appeared in Invincible #48 & 49.
With the exception of volumes 14, 18, 22, 24, and 25, every volume of the Invincible trade paperbacks is named after a television sitcom:
|Title||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material|
|Invincible Vol. 1: Family Matters||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-320-1||2003-11-02||Invincible #1–4|
|Invincible Vol. 2: Eight Is Enough||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-347-3||2004-04-28||Invincible #5–8|
|Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-391-0||2004-12-01||Invincible #9–13|
|Invincible Vol. 4: Head of the Class||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-440-2||2005-04-20||Invincible #14–19; Image Comics Summer Special|
|Invincible Vol. 5: The Facts of Life||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-554-9||2005-11-16||Invincible #0, 20–24, 25 (origin stories from the back only).|
|Invincible Vol. 6: A Different World||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-579-4||2006-06-05||Invincible #25–30|
|Invincible Vol. 7: Three's Company||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-656-1||2006-12-20||Invincible #31–35; The Pact #4|
|Invincible Vol. 8: My Favorite Martian||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-683-9||2007-07-19||Invincible #36–41|
|Invincible Vol. 9: Out of This World||Paperback: ISBN 1-58240-827-0||2008-06-18||Invincible #42–47|
|Invincible Vol. 10: Who's the Boss?||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-013-2||2009-05-20||Invincible #48–53|
|Invincible Vol. 11: Happy Days||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-062-0||2009-08-24||Invincible #54–59; The Astounding Wolf-Man #11|
|Invincible Vol. 12: Still Standing||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-166-X||2010-05-26||Invincible #60–65|
|Invincible Vol. 13: Growing Pains||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-251-8||2010-08-25||Invincible #66–70; Invincible Returns #1|
|Invincible Vol. 14: The Viltrumite War||Paperback: ISBN 1607063670||2011-04-25||Invincible #71–78|
|Invincible Vol. 15: Get Smart||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-498-7||2012-01-11||Invincible #79–84|
|Invincible Vol. 16: Family Ties||Paperback: ISBN 9781607065791||2012-07-05||Invincible #85–90|
|Invincible Vol. 17: What's Happening?||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-662-9||2013-01-23||Invincible #91–96|
|Invincible Vol. 18: The Death of Everyone||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-762-5||2013-08-13||Invincible #97–102|
|Invincible Vol. 19: The War at Home||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-856-7||2014-03-11||Invincible #103–108|
|Invincible Vol. 20: Friends||Paperback: ISBN 1632150433||2014-11-12||Invincible #109–114|
|Invincible Vol. 21: Modern Family||Paperback: ISBN 1-63215-318-1||2015-06-24||Invincible #115–120|
|Invincible Vol. 22: Reboot?||Paperback: ISBN 1-63215-626-1||2016-02-25||Invincible #121–126|
|Invincible Vol. 23: Full House||Paperback: ISBN 1-63215-888-4||2017-04-04||Invincible #127–132|
|Invincible Vol. 24: The End of All Things, Part 1||Paperback: ISBN 1534303227||2017-09-26||Invincible #133–138|
|Invincible Vol. 25: The End of All Things, Part 2||Paperback: ISBN 1534305033||2018-03-27||Invincible #139–144|
|Invincible Compendium Vol. 1||ISBN 1-60706-411-1||2011-08-17||Collects #1–47, #0, Invincible story from the Image Comics Summer Special, The Pact #4.|
|Invincible Compendium Vol. 2||ISBN 1-60706-772-2||2013-08-27||Collects #48–96, Invincible Returns #1, Astounding Wolf-Man #11.|
|Invincible Compendium Vol. 3||ISBN 1-53430-686-2||2018-07-24||Collects #97–144|
|Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode, Vol. 1||Paperback: ISBN 1-60706-255-0||2010-06-14||Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #1–2; Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1–3|
|Title||ISBN||Release Date||Collected Material|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 1||ISBN 1-58240-500-X||2005-08-03||Collects #1–13, plus extras.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 2||ISBN 1-58240-594-8||2006-06-20||Collects #14–24, #0, Free Comic Book Day 2004 story, parts of #25, plus extras.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 3||ISBN 1-58240-763-0||2007-11-07||Collects #25–35, The Pact #4, plus extras.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 4||ISBN 1-58240-989-7||2009-04-29||Collects #36–47, plus extras.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 5||ISBN 1-60706-116-3||2010-01-13||Collects #48–59, The Astounding Wolf-Man #11.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 6||ISBN 1-60706-360-3||2011-04-05||Collects #60–70, Invincible Returns #1.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 7||ISBN 1-60706-509-6||2012-02-15||Collects #71–84.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 8||ISBN 1-60706-680-7||2013-05-01||Collects #85–96.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 9||ISBN 1-63215-032-8||2014-08-19||Collects #97–108.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 10||ISBN 1-63215-494-3||2015-12-10||Collects #109–120.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 11||ISBN 1-53430-045-7||2017-05-23||Collects #121–132.|
|Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 12||ISBN 1-53430-658-7||2018-05-22||Collects #133–144.|
|The Complete Invincible Library Vol.1||ISBN 1-58240-718-5||2007-03-28||Collects #1–24, #0, Free Comic Book Day 2004 story, parts of #25, plus extras.|
|The Complete Invincible Library Vol.2||ISBN 1-60706-112-0||2009-11-25||Collects #25–47, The Pact #4, plus extras.|
|The Complete Invincible Library Vol.3||ISBN 1-60706-421-9||2011-11-30||Collects #48–70, The Astounding Wolf-Man #11, Invincible Returns #1, plus extras.|
The comic has been turned into a motion comic by Gain Enterprises using the Bomb-xx process, and is broadcast on MTV2 and downloadable to mobile phones, from iTunes, and Amazon.
Point Grey Pictures and Skybound Entertainment were set to produce a live-action adaptation with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached as writers and directors and Universal Pictures distributing it. Series creator Robert Kirkman was also set to produce the film, along with Rogen, Goldberg, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst. In January 2021, Kirkman reaffirmed that the film is still in development despite the release of a streaming television adaptation, and that Rogen and Goldberg are still involved with the project.
Main article: Invincible (TV series)
A television adult animated adaptation of the comic series by Amazon Studios was produced with creator Robert Kirkman as executive producer of the series. The cast features Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and J. K. Simmons as Invincible, Debbie Grayson, and Omni-Man respectively, with Rogen ending up being involved as a part of the cast, but he and Goldberg were not set to direct/write/produce the series. It premiered on March 26, 2021. The series was renewed for a second and third season.
((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)