One of the clearest consistencies in any Robert Kirkman comic book series is the abundance of moments that leave you clinching your chest and and teetering on the edge of your seat. Over it's 13-year run, "Invincible" has had an abundance of those very same instances, which we at CBR commonly refer to as "Oh snap!" moments. For example, more than one person person has been punched through the torso, entire cities have been destroyed and there's somehow always time to watch someone lose a limb or two.
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By all accounts, we've only got another year left with the story of Mark Grayson and friends (and enemies). Which means there's no better time than now to look back on the 15 biggest "Oh snap!" moments from "Invincible."View article on one page
In the early days of "Invincible," it was obvious that the Viltrumites were superior to petty much everyone in all forms of combat. Omni-Man was the strongest hero the planet Earth had ever seen by leaps and bounds, while Mark (Invincible) quickly surpassed heroes with three times his experience. However, no one could imagine just how overwhelming their destructive power could truly be because they always held back when fighting weaker opponents, only going all out against fellow Viltrumites.
It wasn’t until the Viltrumites invaded Thraxa that readers understood just how insanely strong they were in comparison to everyday people (or, in this case, aliens). In a matter of minutes, three Viltrumites nearly brought an entire planet’s ecosystem to the brink of extinction with relative ease. Cities were transformed into mountains of rubble and the blue cockroach-looking natives' dead bodies were scattered everywhere. If it only took a few minutes for the Viltrumites to cripple the entire Thraxan society, imagine how long it would take them to do the same to Earth if they really wanted to.
14Meeting The Real Mr. Robot
Any Justice League-like superhero team worth its salt reserves a spot for a stoic with a penchant for analyzing data in the heat of the moment – this character is more often than not at least part robot. "Invincible" is no different, as we were introduced to Robot in the second issue.
However, readers soon learned that Robot was more than a walking bucket of bolts and was actually a deformed super genius who couldn’t survive outside of a giant test tube, so he created a remote control robot to interact in the outside world. The revelations only got more shocking from there as Robot yearned to live a relatively normal life and started to focus on how to make this a reality.
So, what did he do? Nothing too crazy. He just stole the DNA of his teammate, Rexsplode, cloned his body then transferred his consciousness into that cloned body.
13Terra's All Grown Up
Time jumps are a staple in comic books. But they rarely ever lead to any permanent damage or long-term effects. In most other cases, if a character does travel in time somehow, they find a way to eventually restore the damage they’d done. As it’s shown countless times, "Invincible" isn’t your standard comic book and that's part of its appeal.
After a brief reboot arc where Marc got to undo a lot of his past mistakes, he eventually decided he’d rather live a life full of them with his daughter at his side than risk never seeing her again. But when he returned, he found that the baby he’d left behind had grown into a toddler that could talk. Unfortunately, the first words he ever heard her say were, “Are you my daddy?” He’d clearly missed a lot.
This stab in the heart was even more painful than usual because this was the last thing readers saw before the series went on hiatus for several long months.
12Monster Girl... You ARE the Father!
Monster Girl a.k.a. Amanda is able to grow into a giant, green monster at a moment’s notice, kind of like Bruce Banner and the Hulk. It really comes in handy in fights. But the downside to her powers was that she rapidly aged in reverse to the point where she once looked like a 12-year-old girl despite nearly being 30. The tragic irony is pretty clear, but there was a second hidden twist on this old-school trope that didn’t come into play until later on. Whenever Amanda transforms into Monster Girl, she’s biologically a male.
This all came directly into play after she and Robot got back from being stuck in an alternate dimension for hundreds of years. Apparently, outliving every other being isn’t good for one’s superiority complex because Robot became a supreme ruler and got obsessed with obtaining more power. So much so, that it drove a wedge between he and Amanda, leading her to having an affair.
When that same inter-dimensional race known as the Flaxans came back to Earth to try and take it over, one of their best weapons was Monax, the lovechild of Monster Girl and a Flaxan woman she confided in after she helped throw Robot in jail for basically being an evil dictator.