Hurst Hot Take: ‘Invincible’


Poster of the main characters in the show “Invincible.

Isabella Lee, staff writer

My family and I watched a variety of TV shows throughout lockdown at the beginning of COVID-19. One show, however, that especially grabbed my attention was “Invincible.” It was our way of bonding with one another when we were stuck in the house. The show came out in 2021 and is considered an Action Fiction show. “Invincible” follows a teenage boy named Mark Grayson, whose father, Nolan Grayson,protects Earth under the guise of Omni-Man. Nolan is actually an alien, hailing from the planet Viltrum, and when Mark starts developing superpowers, Nolan teaches him how to be a superhero. Although the show is animated, it is not something suitable for children. The show does contain strong language and gore, which is not for the faint of heart. This is something that’s shown in just the first episodes it opens up the show, explaining the world with superheroes and showing Omni-Man fighting alongside the Guardians of the Globe, this Earth’s version of the Justice League. However, in the last five minutes of the episode, things take an extremely dark turn when Omni-Man reveals his shady side by brutally murdering all of the members of the Guardians of the Globe. “Invincible” only gets darker from there, as Mark takes on the superhero alias of Invincible, hence the show’s name.As the Guardians of the Globe is rebuilt, Mark meets powerful enemies and forges alliances with new superheroes, some attending the same school as him.These new heroes include Atom Eve, who can manipulate atoms and energy; Rex Splode, who can make things explode; and Dupli-Kate, who can clone herself. Viltrumites are sent to other planets to conquer them, with Nolan tasked to con- quer Earth. However, after marrying Mark’s mom and raising Mark, Nolan is conflicted between doing what he is told to do and caring for his family. Additionally, Mark has to grapple with the fact that his
dad is not on Earth to serve as its protector, as Nolan had initially told him as a child. In the last episode of the season, Nolan beats Mark badly in a fight while explaining how the two of them are immortal and will far outlive Earth, exclaiming,“What will you have after 500 years?”On the brink of death, Mark answers, “You, Dad.I’d still have you,” with a tear running down his face,prompting Nolan to abandon his mission and Earth,leaving many questions unanswered. While “Invincible” only has one season, a second sea- son is currently in the works. The show is based on the comic series of the same name by Robert Kirkman,
creator of “The Walking Dead.” There is some overlap between the two shows, with several members of the original Guardians of the Globe being voiced by actors on “The Walking Dead.” This show is very underrated, and I do not know many people who have also seen it, but it is worth the watch. I recommend checking out this show if you think it is something that you would be interested in. It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Again it is not for every- one but if this description peaked your interest I would recommend taking the time to watch one episode to see if you would like the rest of the series