Comic Review: Invincible #107

Invincible #107
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Ryan Ottley
Colored by John Rauch
Lettered by Rus Wooton
Cover by Ryan Ottley and John Rauch
Image Comics
Release Date: December 11, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

Deception and dread: these are the themes that have been running rampant through Invincible as of late and that take an even greater position within Invincible #107. Writer Robert Kirkman is back once again with his fantastic illustrative team of Ryan Ottley and John Rauch. Get ready for a truly thought-provoking installment of this superhero comic.

Amanda (Monster Girl) pays an unexpected visit to the only individual who has insight into Rex’s (Robot) sinister side. Mark is tortured with paranoia over the missing Angstrom Levy and the fear that harm could eventually come to Eve and their unborn child. Meanwhile, the newly transformed Doc Seismic and an underworld of monsters make their first city-wide assault.

Kirkman is always weaving through multiple plotlines at once. While this is surely not the best issue of Invincible ever published, certain gripping threads help move it along. The two that I am most curious to see play out are that of Rex – who has been overwhelmingly secretive since his return to Earth — and Mark’s ongoing struggle with Angstrom Levy. Clearly, Rex is the most intelligent character in the Invincible universe, and with his dark past as a dictator in another dimension and his increasing “big brother” persona, one can only wonder what Kirkman has in store for Invincible’s robot ally.

Then there’s Angstrom Levy: the “Joker” to Invincible’s “Batman” if you will. In my opinion, he is Mark Grayson’s greatest foe; his arch-nemesis whom no matter how often he is defeated, will always return to make matters worse for the hero. In the past, Mark thought Levy to be dead; however, now that he knows his enemy is alive and could strike at anytime, there is a moral dilemma going on within Mark’s soul that brings about some excellent character drama: should he or should he not kill Angstrom Levy?

As always, the team of Ottley and Rauch provide excellent visuals to coincide with Kirkman’s story. Pure emotion can be felt through facial expressions, body language, and an array of vivid colors; notably, a one page spread in which Monster Girl is facing her imprisoned son. Her back is to the reader – her body slouched and obviously nervous – and Monax is staring at her with utter disdain.

Invincible #107 is not a monumental issue in the series, but it does serve its purpose: bringing some great character moments to the forefront and setting up new arcs that will surely have some lasting effects on the cast. If you’ve been following this comic, check this issue out.

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