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Invincible S2 Pt.1 Review – So Good, But Oh So Short, We Need More Now

Invincible Season 2 Part 1

After an agonizing wait, Invincible returns with its second season on Prime Video, and it’s nothing short of a triumph. The series, based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, continues to delve into the complexities of its characters, particularly the protagonist, Mark Grayson. Season Two, despite its brevity, manages to amplify every element that made the first season a standout.

Masterful Storytelling and Character Development

Invincible Season 2 Part 1

Season Two of Invincible is a narrative juggernaut. Mark, portrayed by Steven Yeun, remains the heart of the show. His journey, grappling with the heavy legacy of his father, Nolan, and the fear of mirroring his trajectory, is both poignant and profoundly relatable. The series excels in its character development, not just for Mark but for the entire ensemble cast. Each character, from Sandra Oh’s nuanced performance as Debbie to J.K. Simmons’ complex portrayal of Nolan, is given room to breathe and grow.

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The animation quality remains top-notch, striking a fine balance between the comic book’s original art style and the demands of dynamic, modern animation. Action sequences are choreographed with an eye for detail, delivering a visceral impact that rivals any live-action counterpart. The show doesn’t shy away from its more mature content, using it to enhance the storytelling rather than for mere shock value.

A Gallery of New and Returning Talent

The voice cast of Invincible continues to impress. Newcomers add fresh dynamics and layers to the already rich narrative tapestry, while returning characters continue to evolve in unexpected ways. The interactions and relationships between characters are a driving force of the series, making the world of Invincible feel lived-in and real.

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The sound design in Season Two of Invincible is a standout feature. Every punch and every moment of silence is meticulously crafted to heighten the emotional stakes. The score, helmed by Amie Doherty, complements the series’ tone perfectly, underscoring the epic moments and the intimate ones with equal proficiency.

The Bittersweet Reality of Season Two

Invincible Season 2 Part 1

However, there’s a shadow cast over the season’s brilliance: its length. Fans, who have waited with bated breath, may find themselves both elated and frustrated. The decision to split the season, with only four episodes released initially, feels like a double-edged sword. While each episode is packed with content and development, the truncated offering leaves a lingering sense of dissatisfaction.

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Hopefully, there will be other things outside of the series. The Eve special was fantastic and does a great job of placating between seasons. But a half-season? The wait for Invincible Season 2 was longer than high school and only giving people half a season with an unknown wait for the second half is not a fun experience.

Still a Must Watch

Invincible Season 2 Part 1

Invincible Season 2 is a masterclass in animated storytelling, character development, and visual execution. It’s a series that both honors its source material and carves its own path. However, the limited number of episodes in the first half of the season, especially after such a long wait, is a notable disappointment. It’s a season that will undoubtedly leave fans craving more, questioning the decision behind its segmented release. Despite this, Invincible remains an essential watch for fans of the genre, promising an experience that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually spectacular.

Strictly because it’s only half a season, I’m only going to give it half of the possible points. The first half of Invincible Season 2 gets half of the available points, which is

5/10

The first half of Invincible Season 2 is now streaming on Prime Video, with the whopping midseason finale set to air on November 23, 2023.

About Invincible

Invincible

Release Date: Friday, November 3, 2023.
Network: Prime Video
Based On The Comic Books By: Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley
Executive Producers:
 Robert Kirkman, Catherine Winder, David Alpert, Simon Racioppa, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg,
Supervising Director: Jeff Allen
Composer: John Paesano
Cast: Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, Jason Mantzoukas, Grey Griffin, Walton Goggins, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ross Marquan, Seth Rogen, Jonathan Groff, Kevin Micahel Richardson, Khary Payton, Lauren Coan, Lennie James, Mahershala Ali, Mark Hamill, Melisa, Micahel Cudlitz, Michael Kelly, Nicole Byer, Andrew Rannells, Chad L. Coleman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Clancy Brown, Djimon Hounsou, Jeffrey Donovan, Jon Hamm, Robert Kirkman

Synopsis:
Based on the groundbreaking comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, the story revolves around 18-year-old Mark Grayson, who’s just like every other guy his age—except his father is (or was) the most powerful superhero on the planet. Still reeling from Nolan’s betrayal in Season One, Mark struggles to rebuild his life as he faces a host of new threats, all while battling his greatest fear – that he might become his father without even knowing it.

How have you enjoyed the new episodes of Invincible so far? What are your predictions for Mark Grayson’s journey in Season Two Part Two? Do you think you’re ready for the mid-season finale? Let us know what you think and how hyped you are on social media!

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