Thursday, 6 February 2014

Invincible: Head of the Class Review

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley

How will Mark and his mother deal in the aftermath of the Invincible/Omni-Man fight? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

After the traumatic events of Volume 3, Mark Grayson (AKA Invincible) is left to pick up the pieces and try to continue on with some sort of life. His mother is a wreck, his friends don't understand and the super-villains of the world just want to beat him up. Mark has a lot on his shoulders and graduation is just around the corner.

Perfect Strangers caused a lot of change for Invincible, and this volume sees how Mark copes following his fathers betrayal. The volume does however slow down a bit from overall development, as despite still having some exciting plots it's smaller fun stories as opposed to one for the entire issue.

Robert Kirkman does a great job of getting the series back on track, as well as showing the emotional toll that the events of the last issue had on the characters. Despite Mark's reaction to his fathers actions, it was the affect that the events had on his mother that had more depth, with her depression giving a realistic tone to this usually fun series. Kirkman does however continue to add fun, with Mark almost marrying a an Atlantian, visiting Mars, taking on a crime boss whilst also finding time to graduate high school. 

Ryan Ottley also did a terrific job of the artwork throughout this issue, with his style continuing to be perfect for this series. That along with the fabulous detail and spectacular layouts make Ottley's art some of the best out there at the moment. Ottley also produced some dynamic scenery and explosive action throughout this volume as well, adding a lot of excitement and tone to Kirkman's fantastic story. The best part of Ottley's art remains the way that he shows the characters facial expressions, as they add so much realism and emotion to the story, helping it feel more lively at the same time.

Invincible continues to be one of the best series out, with this volume being simply amazing. It is however not quite as the last volume, but to be honest that was a hard task, and this volume will still have you wanting more. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10