Amazon is getting into the superhero business (again) with a new animated series from the creator of The Walking Dead: Invincible. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming show, from the latest casting details to potential release dates and how to read the comics right now.
What’s the plot of Invincible?
In Invincible, based on the Image Comics series of the same name, an ordinary 17-year-old teenager, whose father is the alien superhero Omni-Man, awakens to superpowers of his own and must learn to uphold his father’s duty.
Invincible is an original superhero saga from Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) and illustrators Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. The story follows an everyday teenager, Mark Grayson, whose father Nolan Grayson is a novelist.
Oh yeah, Nolan is also Omni-Man, Earth’s greatest protector from an alien race called the Viltrumites. Can’t forget that. And on one unsuspecting day at his after-school gig, Mark awakens to superpowers of his own, including super strength, speed, flight, quick healing, and some invulnerability.
Through all 144 issues of the series, Mark learns to become a superhero, from protecting the innocent on Earth to fighting intergalactic wars up in space.
How did Amazon get involved with Invincible?
After several years in development as a live-action feature film by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Amazon scooped up the property to become an animated serial in the summer of 2018.
Image imprint Skybound will produce the series, with showrunners Kirkman, Simon Racioppa, and executive producers David Alpert and Catherine Winder. Brothers Justin and Chris Copeland (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man) are on board as episode directors.
When will Invincible release date on Amazon?
There’s no set release date, but Invincible is expected to hit Amazon Video at some point in 2020.
Where is the trailer for Invincible?
There’s no trailer yet, but with a cast announced we could get the first teasers for Invincible relatively soon.
Who’s in the Invincible cast?
In late January, Deadline reported the full cast of Invincible, though only the series’ main two characters have confirmed voice actors.
The Walking Dead and Voltron Legendary Defender alum Steven Yuen will star in Invincible as Mark, while Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons will voice Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man. In addition to voice work for films like Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, and the Yellow M&M in M&M advertising, Simmons also voiced Tenzin in the acclaimed Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra.
Deadline also confirmed other actors, including Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen (previously a producer on the proposed live-action adaptation), Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walter Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin and Max Burkholder. None of the announced actors have confirmed roles.
Where can I read Invincible?
With 144 issues, you could try to pick up each individual back issue at your local comic book shop or at your neighborhood comic conventions. (And it’s always a good thing to support local businesses.) However, for an easier read, several collected editions exist both in print and online.
With each varying in size and number of issues, you can pick whichever one is right for you.
- You can begin with Invincible Vol. 1, a collection of the first four issues in trade paperback. There are 25 total volumes in the collection.
- The Invincible Ultimate Collection is a bigger, heftier trade paperback that contains more issues in each volume. Volume 1 contains the first thirteen issues and sells for a higher price point. There are 12 volumes in this collection.
- The Invincible Compendium is the biggest collection. Volume 1 of the Invincible Compendium contains the first nine trade paperback editions. There are just three books in this collection.
- For digital readers, Invincible is available on Comixology.