Date: 2017-07-19 04:53 pm (UTC)
tigerkaya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
Oh no he dead who could have foreseen his demise.

Date: 2017-07-19 05:02 pm (UTC)
goattoucher: (Brimley)
From: [personal profile] goattoucher
I started out really enjoying this title, and will likely finish purchasing the hardcovers for completion's sake, but the stakes shoot up and down like crazy, especially in the last few years. Characters are killed, graphically, but then some of them don't stay dead. The world gets conquered and the characters just roll over and accept it, until they don't.

Honestly? I don't know whether I care that Nolan is killed here, because I have no idea whether or not it will stick. My reaction is "Hey. That happened."

I will say that (despite his resemblance to Freddy Mercury). I have always hated Thragg. Not because he is evil or the antagonist to our heroes. He's actually pretty clever and well rounded, and going to Oliver's home planet to raise a Viltrumite hybrid army on the quick was a pretty clever firing of a nearly decade old Chekhov's Gun.

It's just that he's -so- tough. I mean, Conquest back in the day put Mark through the ringer, but mark was able to beat him via a decidedly Pyrrhic victory. Everyone takes a beating at some point. Allen, Nolan, Mark, all get the boots put to them pretty severely, as tough as they are.

Thragg? He is so much tougher than everyone that his fights aren't really fights. There's no tension. He starts off half stepping until (target) pisses him off, and then he destroys them with a flick of the wrist.

"What about the fight with Battle Beast?" you say? He's the exception that proves the rule: Thragg met the second toughest guy in the universe, and the upshot was that it took a week long fight to finally win, but win he did, and the only consequence was him getting the coolest cape ever.

Now we're left wondering about he number three toughest guy. Whoever it is, they are either waaaay down below BB in terms of power level (Nolan, now dead(?) ), or has yet to be introduced.

Mark is our protagonist, and there is no conceivable way that Mark could beat Thragg without a ridiculous MacGuffin or a Deus ex Machina.

You ever play a D&D game where the DM has the boss fight go down between the Big Bad and a DMPC Mary Sue, leaving the PCs as spectators? This storyline feels like that's what's coming.
Edited Date: 2017-07-19 05:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-19 07:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] michaelsaint
I too am wondering where they go from here.....

This series has been rushed and for that reason hasn't reached the potential it originally had.

Date: 2017-07-19 08:34 pm (UTC)
goattoucher: (Spidey)
From: [personal profile] goattoucher
How has it been rushed?

Date: 2017-07-19 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] obsidianwolf
You know my interest in this title has fallen to the point where when I see a post about it I just think "It still isn't over?" I mean the titles constant reliance on shock value scenes has just left me cold to anything that happens. I don't care that Nolan died. I don't care if any of them make it out alive or not.

Which makes looking back at the early years of the title really depressing. The book had so much promise and ended up as this.

Date: 2017-07-20 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bj_l
"WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD!!!!"

Yes, we get it Kirkman. Get a new song.

Date: 2017-07-21 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
I hate on Invincible every time I see it posted, but I genuinely want to ask: What does this actually mean to long term fans of the series?

I haven't read Invincible in ages and even I look at this and think it's bog standard. The series is basically defined by Viltrumite invasions and gory "deaths", so what about this gives it any impact at all? What sets this apart for the half dozen other times we've seen it?

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