If you’re regularly on Reddit or the internet in general chances are you’ve heard of the Amazon Original Invincible(*) by now. The animated show features a surprisingly well-known cast of voice actors with J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Zazie Beets, Gillian Jacobs, and Steven Yeun all voicing major characters. You’re definitely best advised if you know as little as possible going in and although the plot twist isn’t particularly shocking given more recent examples covering the same trope it’s still pulled of quite effectively in my opinion.
Be warned though, the show gets gory pretty quick. And when I say gory I don’t mean the occasional puddle of blood somewhere, I mean really gory – flying limps, crushed skulls, lots of blood everywhere.
The 11 episodes of season 1 of Invincible went by in a blast. With a runtime of about 45 minutes, the episodes don’t overstay their welcome. If you’re able to look past all the to-be-expected teen drama the story is compelling. Invincible is clearly marketed as an adult show, although probably more of a young adult one, but my enjoyment suffered significantly from some incredibly annoying characters. I get that Rex Splode is supposed to be unlikeable and I would have been fine with unlikeable. Instead, he’s just annoying as hell. We get it, you have issues, you try to be the cool guy, you’re supposed to be the douchebag. Can we do it in a slightly less cringy and over-the-top way though? Please? On that note, I didn’t really care about the Teen Team at all.
Overall the first season of Invincible is good tongue-in-cheek fun with all the drama you would expect from a teenage superhero show and lots of gore.
Final verdict: 7/10
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