Invincible has been moving at a slower pace lately, which at times has been a nice transition away from the usual fisticuffs that occupy the pages of this series. Invincible #130 continues the slow pace, but really offers little for you to grab ahold of.
No issue of Invincible is ever terrible, Robert Kirkman has just been too strong a writer; the dialogue is always enjoyable to read. However, in a series that is this consistently strong there is bound to be a few issues that fall below expectations. Invincible #130 happens to be one of those issues; it also happens to be written by someone else. That someone else is actually the pair of Nathan Fairbairn and Cory Walker.
For the past several issues, readers have seen Mark Grayson transition away from superhero to family man and father figure. It has been an interesting moment that is sure not to last. Although, these quieter moments have been interesting; giving readers a glimpse into Mark, Eve, and their daughter Terra’s life, this issue offers little interest for the reader.
Much of this issue is spent with Mark’s moral grappling match over the idea that old ally turned enemy Rex, aka Robot, may no longer be a bad guy. His father and the rest of the world have seemed to have accepted Rex’s role as humanity’s savior, an opinion that Mark feels needs further examination.
Although, this a very real issue and concern, that should be addressed in the comics pages, too much exposition is spent on the idea. Instead, it could have been better explored through conversations sandwiched in between other more pressing matters and interesting moments.
This issue was largely boring up until the very last few panels, as allusions are made that Mark might be drawn back into the world of superheroics.
Art duty is shared between Walker, Fairbairn, and Ryan Ottley. They are all good artists and do a great job. This series has never been plagued by a lack of talent in the art department. However, there is little to write about in this issue. The characters don’t do much besides stand and talk with the exception of a small rescue scene that occurs with the secondary hero characters.
Invincible #130 is not really a good or bad issue, but not entirely necessary for people to read unless they are completionists. Most of the issue deals with Mark being uneasy with Rex’s role as the most beloved person on planet Earth.
- Dialogue isn’t terrible
- Ending alludes to future action packed issues
- A lot of time is spent on Mark not trusting Rex
- Issue feels like a throwaway
- Very little action