Review by Camden Ferrell
Whether they started reading the comic book in 2003 or started watching the television adaptation in 2021, everybody agrees that Invincible subverts the genre in unique and violent ways. The two-year wait is over, and the show is finally returning for more bloody superhero hijinks. This second season continues to prove why it’s one of the most exciting shows on TV, and it will be a thrill for longtime fans of the comic as well as those experiencing the story for the first time.
Omni-Man is no longer on Earth, and Mark needs to adjust to his new status quo. In addition to losing his father and dealing with the guilt of last season’s tragedy, Mark is ready to prove that he is not his dad all while dealing with regular teenage problems like girlfriends and graduating high school. This new season also brings the highly anticipated introduction of Angstrom Levy, an exciting new character that will bring a new dynamic to the series while giving Mark more problems to deal with.
The writing of this show continues to be witty and enjoyable more than anything. It still retains the personality that Robert Kirkman had in his comic, but it does a great job of modifying interactions and polishing the dialogue and storytelling. This new season also juggles a lot more from a narrative standpoint, and at times it can feel like certain parts of the story are getting slightly neglected, but this doesn’t impact the quality since it doesn’t feel like a single second is wasted.
One of the best parts of this adaptation is how amazing the voice actors were, and this season is no different. Steven Yeun returns as the titular hero, and he knocks it out of the park once again. Of the returning cast members, Sandra Oh stuns as Debbie, and she is given some emotionally heavy material where she gets a chance to shine. This season brings along countless new voice actors to be excited about, but Sterling K. Brown as Angstrom Levy is already one of the best castings they’ve had so far.
Like the first season, this newest season follows the original storyline very closely, so fans of the comic book series will likely see many things coming. However, this does not at all undermine how brilliantly violent and exciting these episodes are. Even as someone who has read the entire series, I found myself captivated by every episode as if I was experiencing this story for the first time. Those who are not familiar with the source material are in for many shocking and brutal moments that will have them itching for more.
Invincible comes back with a bang in season two. It picks up swiftly with some killer action and superhero antics, but it also reflects a more mature and emotional side than it had last season. It’s a delight to watch these characters grow in their own unique ways, and one can only watch this season and be grateful that we get to see these crazy events animated beautifully for all to enjoy.
Invincible premieres the first episode of season two on Amazon Prime on November 3 with the following 3 episodes releasing on subsequent Fridays with the remaining 4 to premiere in 2024. 4 of 8 episodes have been reviewed.