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.

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