Review: Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Robert Kirkman
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 31, 2004
Received: Own

Book Summary:

Mark Grayson has always known he had a better-than-average chance of succeeding with superpowers. After all, his father has them and kept promising that he, too, would inherit them someday. This helped prepare Mark for superhero life long before those powers came to be.

Now Mark is trying to balance high school, a social life, and being a hero. His father made it look so easy! Unfortunately, that isn’t all that Mark must contend with. The famous superhero group, The Guardians of the Globe, have been murdered. This leaves everyone else picking up the slack – and scrambling to find out what happened to the beloved team.

My Review:

Yikes! This is the volume I’ve been waiting for/dreading because I knew it would hit hard. I know I’m late to the game, reading the series now (after having watched the show’s first season), but I’m so happy to finally be getting around to it.

Actually, that’s an understatement. I’m hooked! I already ordered the subsequent few volumes and HATE waiting for them to arrive. I don’t know how I would have survived if I was reading them as they came out. So I guess that’s the good part about diving into a series after the fact.

Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers is brilliant. Like the first two volumes, it continues to tease different plot points that I’m certain will be relevant later. I enjoy this more subtle form of storytelling. It makes you question every detail you see, adding depth and interest.

As for those big scenes I was waiting for – I was a bit surprised. They weren’t as graphic as expected, so now I know they were built up for the show (maybe they weren’t allowed to get away with specific details during the original publishing?). Honestly, though – I’m not complaining. It was a lot to watch, and the implications are heavy enough, thank you very much!

But seriously, these moments were so carefully crafted. You can see how long they had been building, even if you didn’t see them coming. I can’t wait to see what other plots will come around and hit us in the feels.

As always, I love the artwork in Invincible Vol. 3. The bold colors are so classically superhero-esque, with a fun twist on them here and there. I loved the tongue-in-cheek humor that popped up at one point. It felt like commentary, but in an all-in-good-fun way, if that makes sense.


  • 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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