Review: Invincible Vol. 2: Eight is Enough

Creators: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils/Inks: Cory Walker, Terry Stevens, Tony Moore, Mark Englert, Erik Larsen, Dave Johnson, Cliff Rathburn, Ryan Oatley
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Robert Kirkman
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: April 27, 2004

Book Summary:

Mark Grayson has always known he would be special someday. No, really – as the son of a famous superhero (Omni-Man), Mark has always been confident that his powers would one day show up. And he was right. Now he’s a teenager turned superhero-in-training.

Now he’s starting to get the hang of being a teenage superhero. Though it’s a bit more exhausting than he expected, juggling school, a social life, work, homework, and superhero work. The good news is that he may have found a team of superheroes teens that get him.

My Review:

Wow. I knew Invincible Vol. 2 would hit hard, as the show is still ahead of this point (late to the game on reading this series!). But I wasn’t quite prepared for all of it, you know? This volume introduces the primary hero group for this world – The Guardians of the Globe.

It also has Mark deal with multiple threats, some of which he still doesn’t know the depth of. Only time will show how bad that will get (though I think we can all guess). This series does a really good job of teasing plot points. They’ll show up for a second and feel like a little detail, but it’s sooo much worse. I’m enjoying this change-up, though it’s probably not the best for my anxiety!

The balance between humor and horror was really well done in this volume. A lot is going on, obviously, but smaller humorous moments help to make it more palatable. Never underestimate the power of a good chuckle!

The artwork is solid, especially given how many characters are now involved. Interestingly, different artistic teams seem involved in different elements (such as the different superhero introductions). That’s a nice touch; it gives them their own feel. Also, uh…anyone else notice the Charlie Brown references, or am I a total goofball here?


  • Part of a Series
  • Superhero Teen
  • Coming of Age with a Twist
  • Now an Amazon TV Series

Trigger Warnings:

  • Can get VERY graphic at times

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