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Invincible #142 Comic Book Review“We need to free… of you.”

Fair warning: Invincible has been one of my favorite comics since I discovered its existence at around issue #15. Yeah, yeah, I’m not a “Since Day One” guy, but I’ve never claimed to be perfect. As you can imagine, the upcoming end to the series in only two more issues is weighing on me as I have very high hopes for what Kirkman and Ottley are going to do for the finale. Issue #142 didn’t disappoint in the slightest and things continue to wrap up (and ramp up) as the series rolls on.

Issue #142 is “ROBOT WAR!” and is a part one of one epic. That’s right, Kirkman manages to knock out a storyline that the “Big Two” would use as a 9 month multi-title crossover into a single issue. The Viltrumite War is over, Mark has been crowned as the new Emperor of the Viltrumites, following the death of his father, and things seem to be about to plateau— when Robot positions his army around the Earth, not allowing re-entry for any of the war-torn fighters, and while holding their families and children hostage beneath the pentagon. Invincible doesn’t approve, and thus the overthrow, and throwdown, begins.

It’s fast-paced, but easy to follow, and hits all the right beats to explain just what the heck is going on in a comic featuring a cast of around a hundred characters at once as they change the course of their world’s governments. Kirkman is a master at dialogue and keeping his characters acting as they should, even when it goes against what the reader thinks they should do. And Ottley. Don’t count out Ryan Ottley’s ability to go from a heartfelt scene between two characters to massive battles and blood-drenched fights that would make any publisher throw on the Mature rating.

If you’ve been curious about Invincible, surprisingly, at the end of things, three issues from the end, #142 isn’t a bad jumping on point to see the ins and outs of the series—although, trust me, it’s gonna make you want to go back to the beginning to see just who and what exactly is going on. Thankfully, you can pick up the Library Editions, graphic novels, and single back issues of Invincible right here at Mad Ox Games & Comics! (How’s that for a plug?!)

Title: Invincible #142
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Mark Morales
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Lettering: Russ Wooten

Review By: Jason Stephens