Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 2

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In the aftermath of Mark's revelation concerning his father, he's forced to pick up the pieces of his life and carry on. The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 collects Invincible's struggle to become his own man, to stand on his own and live his own life. This is a can't-miss for any Invincible fan and a perfect addition to any bookshelf.

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In the aftermath of Mark's revelation concerning his father, he's forced to pick up the pieces of his life and carry on. The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 collects Invincible's struggle to become his own man, to stand on his own and live his own life. This is a can't-miss for any Invincible fan and a perfect addition to any bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Joe Sutliff Sanders
Mark is still reeling from the loss of his father, and sometimes pulling on the mask of Invincible is the only way to escape the twin problems of his mother's spiraling depression and his plummeting high school grades as graduation looms. This beautiful volume chronicles the end of one romance, the blossoming of another, and for Mark and his mother, the slow but necessary process of reinventing oneself. The bonus materials at the back of the book hint that the writer knew that these issues were weaker than those in the first volume (Image Comics, 2006/VOYA June 2004), particularly owing to, as Kirkman puts it, "the seventy-nine subplots currently going on in the book." At worst, this book is lost in a sea of planning that has not yet been paid off. But at best, it is still a strong, fresh superhero tale with specific relevance to teen readers. The book takes on topics as important as emerging sexuality, love and trust, and the necessity for young people to choose their own directions in life. The artists use composition and color particularly well to provide dramatic action (as well as touching moments of domesticity) without allowing the panels to become cluttered. The inefficiency of which the first volume was guilty is draining away, replaced by strong timing and excellent pacing, even in scenes full of dialogue. This volume clearly represents a strong series taking a breath between a tremendous opening and a promising future.
Library Journal
At age 17, Mark Grayson began developing the same powers as his superhero father, Omni-Man, so he took the name Invincible and started stopping bad guys himself. All was going well-until Mark's father revealed himself to be an advance scout from the planet Viltrum, here to analyze and weaken the Earth for eventual conquest. After an emotional confrontation with Mark, Omni-Man left Earth. In this second oversized hardcover collection (compiling Vols. 4 and 5 of the paperback edition), Mark reveals his secret identity to his girlfriend; his mom, terribly hurt by her husband's betrayal, turns to alcohol; and one-eyed Allen the Alien reports events on Earth to the Coalition of Planets, giving them hope in their struggle against the Viltrumites. This excellent series has the bright colors of classic superhero comics; the superteam dynamics and multiple overlapping subplots of the 1980s X-Men and New Teen Titans; and an overarching sense of humor and fun, enhanced by art that's cartoonier than what's found in the usual superhero book. The stories are leisurely paced, compelling, and inventive. With blood and gore in some fight scenes, this ongoing series is heartily recommended for superhero fans mid-teen and up.-S.R. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582405940
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication date: 7/6/2006
  • Series: Invincible Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 633,643
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

ROBERT KIRKMAN is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC's critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead. 

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Great Second Instalment of the Fantastic Superhero Series

    Simply the most exciting superhero comic you can buy now.
    Every page delivers pure comic fun and thrills.
    The story is accessible to casual readers and fun for comic fans.
    The story telling is terrific and is a great reading experience.
    I didn't realise how much I valued things like great colouring until I got into this book. All the little details delight.
    We learn more about the characters introduced in the the first landmark volume and more about the complex universe they live in.
    If you haven't read the first Ultimate volume, buy that one and then come back for this second helping. This is a relatively expensive book, but great value for money. You get about a year's worth of comics including some special spin-off issues, along with script pages and sketches.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    A good time getting away from it all

    Invincible-beyond whats listed in the book info this is a pleasant read. Brings me back to the days when I first started reading and collecting in the 80's. I have become a fan of Hardback comics over the last 10 years as they have rereadable value. And this is another pleasant addition.
    If you haven't read Invincible buy Volume 1 first and move on from there. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    Not a One-Note Hero

    The world of "Invincible" gets bigger as we take a closer look at the other heroes and villains who populate this vibrant, exciting title. Invincible himself makes vital allies and--in true comic book fashion--his own worst enemies.

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    Posted May 9, 2010

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