Thursday, July 24, 2014

100+ Definitions 56



Invincible #56

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): In a (hopefully) far less edited installment of 100+ Definitions, issue fifty-six opens with Mark watching Samantha Wilkins sleep in his bed and receiving a phone call.

Invincible#56 (I#56): Mark and Samantha defenestrate themselves, as does Kid Omni-Man, to travel their separate ways.  Mark goes to his ex-girlfriend’s house and discovers wounds caused by her present boyfriend hitting her.  Invincible terrorizes the boyfriend.  Kid Omni-Man patrols and fights a large golden robot.  After helping his brother with the robot, Mark visits Samantha Wilkins and then returns home to talk and train with his brother.  They discover the camera which Angstrom Levy used to monitor the Grayson household.

L-FL: This issue gives a superhero definition of one aware of the dangers and weaknesses associated with humanity in regards to using extraordinary powers and attempts to retain control and sober use of those powers.

I#56: That seems a good line for heroes to maintain, especially since they can say someone was watching us.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100+ Definitions 55



Invincible #55

Invincible #55 (I#55): My story begins immediately after the kiss between Mark Grayson and Samantha Wilkins.  And, after a romantic evening and stress on humanity in the last issue, the two young heroes strip down for sex.  First Atom Eve removes her and Mark’s clothes simultaneously at the atomic scale.  Then Samantha pushes Mark onto the bed and falls atop him while kissing him. Next…X XX X  XXXXXXX X  X XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XX XXXXX XX  X XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXX X  XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXCENSOREDXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XX X XX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XX X XXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXXXXX XXX X XXXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XXXX X
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Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): Uh, thanks for that, uhm, specific and detailed extrapolation of the first page.

The bulk of this issue narrates the friendship formed between Allen the Alien and Omni-Man in the Viltrumite prison.  When Nolan Grayson, Omni-Man, is retrieved for execution, Allen escapes and with help from Battle Beast, frees Omni-Man and learns that no more than 49 pure-blooded Viltrumites exist.

I#55: The final page of the comic shifts to Mark and Samantha in bed and making enough noise to wake and disturb Mark’s mother.  Beneath the sheets, the couple  XXXXXX XXXX X XX XX X
X X XX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXX XXXX X XXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX X XX XXXX XX XXXXX XXXXX  XXXXX XXX XXXXX X X XXXX  XXXXX XXX XX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXX X X CENSORED XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXX XX XX XXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXX XX XXX XXX XX X  X XXX XXXX XXXX XXXX  XXXX XXXX XXXX XX X X X XX  X XXX XXXX XXXX XXXX  ….

L-FL: !!! You should be careful, or the Comics Code Authority could be resurrected.  Still, a superhero is one that can make friends and stand by and support those friends in their time of need.

I#55: You could also say that a superhero is one who XXXXx all night!  Good night.

100+ Definitions 54



Invincible #54

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): Another date issue! This comic begins in a Paris café with Mark Grayson and Samantha Wilkins sitting at a table drinking wine.

Invincible #54 (I#54): It is a superhero comic though, not a romance, so the intimate moment is ruined by some karate twins from the future who appear and kindly abduct Invincible to liberate their world.  These karate twins are the same Double-Dragon brothers Fightmaster and Drop Kick who last appeared in Invincible 46.

L-FL: The Tyrant of the future world is The Immortal who manipulates Invincible into killing him.

I#54: Mark returns to Paris the moment he left and takes Samantha to tour Venice, Sydney, the Sphinx and space before kissing and confessing their love. So, go on L-FL and shift what could be a romantic speak-for-itself ending with yet another superhero definition.

L-FL: Superheroes maintain their humanity and connection to the human race.

I#54: Ah, I love you t--.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

100+ Definitions 53


Invincible #53

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL):  For the pleasure of Owen Craig of the Panel Culture podcast, Invincible 53 opens with a date between Mark Grayson (Invincible) and Samantha Eve Wilkins (Atom Eve).  The couple roasts marshmallows after a picnic meal atop a snowy mountain.

Invincible #53 (I#53): The date ends though because Mark is plagued by his brother’s ease with killing humans and wants to again talk with Oliver about life’s sanctity.  The talk goes poorly (again) and ends with Mark yelling at both Oliver and his mother.

L-FL:  The erosion of the day’s good fate continues for Mark Grayson.  While he patrols the city as Invincible, he initiates a fight with the crime lord Titan who approaches a prison to visit (or attempt to free) Multi-Paul.  The Chinese crime lord Mister Liu produces a tangible soul dragon who fights Invincible and frees Multi-Paul.

I#53:  After the ever-present fight that occurs in every issue, Titan declares war on the crime syndicate; Invincible declares his contentment with Atom Eve, and Oliver agrees to abide by his brother’s values regarding life, but this concession results in a grimace on Oliver’s face for that final panel.  Readers, you figure out how this final panel should be read. 

L-FL:  And dear readers, before you begin wrangling with the ambiguity of this closing image, here is yet another superhero definition: an extraordinary being whose life is divide into extraordinary conflicting social categories (protector, son, brother, boyfriend, friend, guardian, combatant, ethicist to name some of Mark Grayson’s social roles) and whose decisions regarding these categories effect not only their social circle, but the entire planet and distant stellar civilizations.

I#53: That’s an apt definition.  So, now that we’re done here, look closer and I’ll tell you more about the secret camera hidden in the leaves outside of Mark Grayson’s house so that Angstrom Levy can observe his nemesis.  C’mere. 

100+ Definitions 52



Invincible #52

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): Dear readers, welcome to the I-52!...the fifty-second issue of the comic Invincible. 

Invincible #52 (I#52):  My covers contain the fight between the Mauler Clones against Invincible and Kid Omni-Man. 

L-FL: The heroes win?

I#52: Of course! Kid Omni-Man straight-up kills the clones with splattery violence by shoving a palm through the chest of one and punching the other’s jaw through his skull. 

L-FL:  That doesn’t sound very heroic.

I#52: Invincible agrees with you on that point.  He tries to explain to his non-human half-brother why killing is bad.   It’s doesn’t go well.

L-FL: Don’t forget to also mention that the clones launched a nuclear missile and Invincible chased it into space and detonated the projectile.

I#52: And Invincible survived!  So, Low-FL, why don’t you give readers yet another definition of superhero.

L-FL: Superhero: a being possession extraordinary powers who protect the lives of others and allow others to retain responsibility for their lives.  Superheroes are guardians and protectors, not executioners.

I#52:  That definition sounds pretty accurate.  Sometimes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

100+ Definitions 51



Invincible #51

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): This issue of the superhero comic Invincible begins to unravel a new skein of plot threads and to tug at some previous threads left dangling in the first 50 issues.

Invincible #51 (I#51):  Yes, a bunch of beginnings bloom in these pages.  Mark Grayson trains and outfits himself and his brother in new superhero, and they become Invincible and Kid Omni-Man.  The former Teen Team discusses the need for a better team name as they set up headquarters at their old base.  The group begins anew after cutting ties with the Pentagon and the Guardians of the Globe.  The Guardians of the Globe induct Darkwing to replace the previous members.  The stone-skinned mobster Titan unleashes two supervillains to free Multi-Paul from prison, but Invincible and Kid Omni-Man rout the jailbreak. The Mauler Clones invade the same missile base invaded by the Lizard League; Atom Eve invades her parents’ lives again by moving back home, and the supervillain of multiple dimensions Angstrom Levy sits on the last page spying on Atom Eve and Invincible kissing on the rooftop.

L-FL: Ezra Pound extolled a modernist credo of “Make it new!” for poetry, and issue 51 of Invincible echoes a similar theme song.  A superhero possesses the ability to start over in order to adhere to the ideal ideas of their chosen ethics.

I#51: This new approach and art carries with it the excitement and possibilities like the beginning of a new romance, a young love…how interesting.

Friday, July 11, 2014

100+ Definitions 50



Invincible #50

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL):  The first panel of the first page immediately follows the last panel of the last page of Invincible #49.  The titular superhero faces off against a reanimen army controlled by Cecil and the fights, one physically and the other ideologically.  Cecil cares only about keeping the planet safe.  He seems determined to let nothing, egos, morality, friendship, or opinions impede his mission.

Invincible discovers the government implanted a device that disrupts his equilibrium and causes him great pain and disrupts his flying ability. 

Invincible races to the headquarters of the Guardians of the Globe headquarters. The Guardians join with Invincible and support him in the battle against Cecil and the reanimen army.  The fight ends with Invincible getting fired and the Robot removing the implanted device in Invincible’s ear. 

Superhero is an ideological mindset unwilling to shirk on the Right idea while still maintaining aspects of compassion.

The issue closes with Mark visiting his mother and brother (and also Atom-Eve who waited at the house to learn the fate of Mark Grayson.  The issue ends with Mark and Atom-Eve getting together and kissing.

Invincible #50: Gross.

100+ Definitions 49

Invincible #49

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL): The issue begins with Cecil, leader of the secret government group The Global Defense Agency, prompts D.A. Sinclair to unleash his army of reanimen under the leadership of the tarnished hero Darkwing to rescue the heroes from the clutches of Doc Seismic. 

Invincible #49 (I#49):  The heroes are released and defeat Doc Seismic and his underground monsters. 

L-FL: Invincible curses Nightwing as a murderer and discovers that the rest of the heroes possess no knowledge Darkwing’s homicidal acts in Nightcity.

I#49: While confronting Cecil, Invincible discovers that D.A. Sinclair is supported and employed by the government of the United States. 

L-FL: Invincible grows very angry and gets lured into the white room (where only a select few can view any details in the room) where he is attacked by a platoon of reanimen. 

I#49: These events advance the definition of superhero as one accustomed to working alone or with a small select group where all members rely on their individual powers or their own teams.  Superhero carries a strong link with individuality.

I#49: That works well, especially for the element of surprise.

100+ Definitions 48



Invincible #48

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL):  The issue begins with a scene of Mark (the alter-ego of the superhero Invincible), William and Rick (college buddies) walking and talking after an evening of bowling.  Rick, having a rough time adapting to his new cyborg body, leaves his friend stranded in the parking lot. 

Invincible #48 (I#48):  A scene shift moves readers to the jailed supervillain Doc Seismic ranting about a comeback equivalent to the Rolling Stones embarking on a Milky Way spanning rock and roll tour.   

L-FL: Another scene shift shows the superheroes of the Image universe getting attacked in their headquarters.  Cecil summons Invincible and Atom-Eve from Africa to dig three miles beneath the surface.  There they find every hero in the Invincible universe trapped in bubbles by Doc Seismic.  Invincible and Atom-Eve are defeated by Doc Seismic and the monsters under his control defeat Invincible and Atom-Eve.

I#48: So, is there a superhero definition upon my pages?

L_FL: By taking Doc Seismic’s attacks from underground as metaphorical, superheroes, despite individual strengths, remain particularly vulnerable to attacks from below. 

I#48: I win!

100+ Definitions 47



Invincible #47

Low-Frequency Listener (L-FL):  The 47th issue of Invincible (the final issue in the Invincible Compendium 1 collection!) begins by having the Viltrumite prisoners Nolan Grayson and Allen the Alien pass one another in the prison hallway and agreeing to talk at a later date. 

Invincible #47 (I#47): One would hope soon, since Nolan is ready for execution.  The story continues and shows the dissatisfaction of an iron-jaw crime boss at the incarceration of his operative Multi-Paul.  The crime boss deals directly with Titan, last seen is issue 19 after he wrested leadership of a crime cartel from Machine Head.

L-FL: The story continues and shows the hard-scrabble lives of Tether Tyrant and Magmaniac in their attempt to live legal lives.  They both abandon legality and embrace crime by embarking on a bank robbery which ends in their defeat by Invincible and his brother Oliver, who steps out in his first superhero work.  A superhero gains a sidekick through a wild amalgamation of ability, opportunity, and chance.   

I#47: The issue shows Rudy the Robot teaching Monster Girl how to control a robotic simulacrum as well as Mark Grayson’s roommate and best friend William wearing an Invincible costume around the dorm room…without  pants (thank the Fates he had underwear).  The issue ends showing D.A. Sinclair standing over a reaniman army he built for the USA government voicing the sinister promise in regards to keeping up the good work, “I won’t let you down.”