Invincible Will Tell Stories Never Seen in the Comics


During an exclusive interview with CBR, the creative minds behind Invincible discuss unused comic arcs and original stories appearing in the show.

The following contains spoilers for Invincible Season 1, now streaming on Prime Video.

Creator Robert Kirkman says fans may one day see original Invincible episodes not pulled from comic storylines.

Kirkman, writer of the Invincible comics, sat down alongside series artists Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley for a CBR exclusive interview in celebration of Invincible‘s 20th anniversary, the series’ launching back on Jan. 22, 2003. The three were asked about the animated series and whether any unmade comic stories may find new life in the adaptation, as well as if the show has done anything differently that they wished was in the comics. During his response, Kirkman said, “There are a few stories I’ve mentioned in the past that I planned and couldn’t work into the comics. I don’t want to spoil things, but it’s possible there will be episodes in future seasons that are wholly original to the show and written by me. So the potential for that is very exciting for me.”

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Kirkman created the animated adaptation for Prime Video and serves as an executive producer on the series, also scripting Season 1’s premiere and finale episodes. The show has already made some adjustments from the comics, such as switching around when events take place on the Invincible timeline, stretching out certain scenes and making alterations to characters. Kirkman, Ottley and Walker listed out some of the changes that they found “fun” or “interesting” in the Invincible animation.

“Debbie [Grayson] is turning out to be a much stronger character in the show,” Kirkman said of Invincible’s mother, voiced by actor Sandra Oh. “We’re having a lot of fun with her.” Ottley’s focus fell on the animation’s action, bringing up the train scene from the finale episode “Where I Really Come From.”

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“We are intensifying a lot of the scenes in the animation to add an even bigger punch,” Ottley explained. “Like the infamous train scene. That could’ve been interesting for the comic too, but it does take up a lot more comic page real estate, so it seems elongating these scenes for the animation is just a better choice.” The train scene in Invincible #12 lasts for about three pages of Invincible fighting Omni-Man while a subway station gets destroyed around them. The show made the moment longer and more graphic, adding in Omni-Man forcing Invincible to watch train passengers die in bloody fashion while colliding with the two’s invulnerability at high speeds.

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As for Walker, the original Invincible artist before Ottley took over, he brought up how the show put Omni-Man’s murder of the world’s heroes, the Guardians of the Globe, right at the end of the premiere episode “It’s About Time” as opposed to waiting until further into the season. In the comics, readers do not witness Omni-Man’s gruesome betrayal until the end of Invincible #7. “I think it would have been cool if the comic had been structured more like the show at the start, getting to the Omni-Man reveal sooner,” Walker said.

How to Catch Up on Invincible

The 144 issues of Invincible are collected in three compendiums and other formats. Season 1 of Invincible is available to stream now on Prime Video, and Season 2 is set to release in late 2023. The show has already begun production on Season 3, but the third season does not have an official release window as of writing.

Source: CBR


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