Following the success of the Preacher TV show, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have just announced that they’ll be adapting another mature audience comic series to the screen. This time, it’s the superhero epic Invincible, which is another long-running co-creation from Robert Kirkman. Running for over a decade and a half, the series actually pre-dates the Walking Dead, and while the plan right now is for just one feature film, there are certainly enough story arcs to sustain an entire series.
The initial premise follows Mark Grayson, the teenage son of the world’s greatest superhero, Omni-Man. After manifesting his own set of powers at age 17, Mark adopts the alias “Invincible” and becomes an adventurer in his own right. Early story arcs see Mark trying to balance life as a student with life as a superhero, turning down offers to join super groups like the Teen Team and the Guardians of the Globe. At first, the series offered an independent take on, essentially, what it’d be like to be the son of Superman: living in his shadow, trying to live up to his example, and so forth. However, as Invincible advances, the freedom creator-owned comics offers (which longstanding company universe can’t afford) is fully exploited. A sharp turn in the relationship between Mark and Omni-Man’s relationship comes, and it’s likely that a movie adaptation would center on it.
These are years-old spoilers, but still spoilers for anybody who’s never heard of the series before, so be fair warned.
Omni-Man is a powerful alien from the planet Viltrum. At first, he presents himself as an explorer on a peaceful mission. However, later on, that’s revealed to be a lie. The Viltrumites are conquerors, and Omni-Man came to Earth as an advance agent. Invincible learns of this at a highly dramatic moment–when his father massacres the heroic Guardians of the Globe–and immediately comes into conflict with the man he’s aspired to be all his life. Omni-Man offers him a chance to join the invasion effort, Mark throws the offer back in his face, and then father and son have a brutal brawl which ends with a tearful Omni-Man flying off to space.
And we should doubly emphasize the brutality of that fight. Tonally, Invincible is a very particular smorgasbord. Mark is the centerpiece of an entire universe of heroes and villains whose designs often hearken back to the cheekier spirit of the Silver Age, with pun-y names like Rex Splode, Kaboomerang, and Dupli-Kate. At the same time, though, it’s very much a “mature readers” book, especially in terms of violence. The sight of Invincible completely splattered with blood is common, and he’s even quite graphically disemboweled at a certain point. (He gets better. Don’t worry.)
An especially bloody chapter comes with the “Viltrumite War,” which again would seem like the most likely arc to be adapted here. As it turns out, Omni-Man eventually has second thoughts in space about his conquest mission, but not before peacefully taking over another planet and fathering another super-heroic son there. Soon enough, this Kid Omni-Man allies with the adult one and Invincible, and the three fly to their mother planet to bring the fight straight to the Viltrumites. Big bloody brawls ensue, and given how the directorial team is coming straight off Preacher, they won’t be likely to shy away from any of that. For perspective, maybe picture Logan‘s action on a much more epic scale.
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Image Credits: Image Comics