Steven Yeun breathes life into the animated superhero series Invincible | Television / Streaming

Kirkman’s “Invincible”, which The walking dead The creator adapts from his own comic book of the same name which has spanned 15 years, evokes the wham-bam vibrancy and adventure-packed saturday morning cartoons while drawing a self-aware sense of humor and a staggering amount of animated blood. If this combination sounds familiar to you, it’s because it overlaps Prime Video’s other great superhero show, “The Boys.” Similar to Eric Kripke’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s series, “Invincible” also takes place in a version of Earth that looks quite similar to ours, except for the fact that the superheroes, aliens and all kinds of fantastic shenanigans are accepted by everyone. Costumed Defenders and Avengers – many of whom deliberately revolve around characters we already know, like Omni-Man on Superman, Darkwing on Batman, and even titular Mark Grayson on Dick Grayson – are so common that there are four main teams available. to defend humans. at any time. A potentially dubious government agency appears to be running things in the background, keeping an eye out for anything that might attack Earth from inside our own planet or from the surrounding galaxy. And the characters in “Invincible,” like in “The Boys,” are used to killing bad guys to protect the humans who trust them. They don’t necessarily like it – in fact, the reluctance new superhero Mark feels about the responsibility he now carries is a major part of the first three episodes of “Invincible” which have been provided for consideration – but if they don’t do it, who will?

The voice here is deep (Steven Yeun, JK Simmons and Sandra Oh lead the pack), the narrative is swift, and the first episode “It’s About Time” ends on an incredibly crisp turn. Before this cliffhanger, “Invincible” (which visually recalls the classics of the 90s “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Batman Beyond”, “Superman: The Animated Series” and “X-Men: The Animated Series”) plunges us into the life of 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Yeun), whose father, Nathan Grayson (Simmons), also happens to be Omni-Man, the world’s most powerful superhero. He’s incredibly strong and fast, he can fly, and his identity is a secret. Most of the time he’s gone to save the world, so Mark grew up much closer to his human mother, real estate agent Debbie (Oh). Many years ago, when Nathan told his son that he was Omni-Man and an alien from planet Viltrum, he also told Mark that he would eventually develop powers. But puberty came and almost all of high school passed, and nothing.

Debbie and Nathan raised Mark to be brave and do the right thing: he stands up against bullies, like the one who bothers his crush, Amber (Zazie Beetz), and he has a part-time job. at the Burger Mart fast food restaurant. At the Burger Mart dumpster, this is where Mark’s powers finally kick in, and he’s thrilled to toss a bag of trash into space, share the news with his parents, and hear his dad l ‘will train how to fly, how to take a punch and how to join the family earth defense business. But Nathan is suspicious, “Maybe our lives would be better if he didn’t have them at all,” he tells Debbie of Mark’s powers. And Debbie, for her part, is disappointed with how quickly her son is changing: “It used to be you and me… and now it’s you and him,” she tells Mark after sharing her fears with her. not to be up to it. to Nathan / Omni-Man, and his response is pure teenage narcissism: “I’m more like you.” I have nothing special. Not very nice, Mark!

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