It’s a sign of how large the Invincible universe has grown that the book can feature both Mark Grayson and his replacement, Zandale, and yet both characters are little more than guest stars in this issue. And it’s a testament to how well Robert Kirkman has fleshed out some of these secondary characters that the relative absence of the Invincible family is barely felt.
More than ever, this has really become Robot and Monster Girl’s story. With so many other heroes busy or out of commission, it’s these two that are leading the fight against the resurgent Flaxans. Issue #94 also relies even more heavily on flashback sequences to their extended time exiled in the Flaxan dimension. Kirkman focuses a great deal on the evolution of their romance over the course of hundreds of years. Readers have known for a while where the two characters end up, but it’s nice to finally see the journey that brought them to this point. This material generally works very well and adds an extra layer of emotional resonance to what would otherwise be another big, bloody battle for the fate of Earth. The problem comes at the end of the issue, where Kirkman drops a twist that is just a little too soap opera-y for my tastes.
Both Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker handle their respective sections well. Ottley has never been a slouch when it comes to epic action, and his various battle scenes are a feast of visual delights. Walker is arguably the standout artist this month, however, as he tackles most of the key emotional moments in his flashback scenes. It helps that colorist John Rauch is able to add more depth and richness to Walker’s pencils than we’ve seen in his previous work. I’ll probably never be happy with the odd, shimmery quality to Rauch’s skin tones, but he does plenty right with this series as well.
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