Exploring Invincible #1 – When you are a teenager, it sure helps to be…



Welcome to this week’s post on Invincible!

I am still exploring formatting posibilities, so please let me know your feedback on how these posts can be more clear, or useful, or whatever.

WARNING! This post includes a summary and spoilers for Invincible #1, published in January 2003. Go check that comic book before reading forward, or don’t blame me for spoiling a plot twist or revelation.

Since we are going to review by issues, starting on the first issue of the series, I will not do an “overall” comment. Mark’s story will hopefully unfold as this series progresses…

Mark? Who is Mark?

Sure. Give me a minute…

INVINCIBLE #1 – Summary

Mark Grayson is the 17-year-old only son of Nolan and Debbie Grayson. From a young age, he has known his father is the Viltrumite alien superhero known as Omni-Man.

His powers finally kick in during his teenage years, including super-strength, stamina, endurance, speed, and flight. Fumbling his way on the learning, he escapes home to fight crooks at night for a couple of weeks until his father discovers him (in the middle of a fight with super-criminal Titan, who Mark knocks out easily).

Nolan takes his son to his tailor, Art, who designs a costume for him. In school, Mark stands up to a bully, pushing him—hard—into a locker. The principal warns Mark to be careful… after all, he is not “Invincible”. At this, the kid’s eyes light up.

A few days later, at a Savings & Loans, Mark shows up to stop an armed robbery, and Invincible is born.

Main Characters new in #1

Mark Grayson aka “Invincible”. (Datafile below)

Nolan Grayson aka “Omni-Man” (Datafile below)

Support Characters

Debbie Grayson. She is Nolan’s wife and Mark’s mother. She keeps to her home and has no job (other than educating his son). Psych Expert.

William. Mark’s best friend, in and out of school.

Titan. Small time villain who Mark defeats in a “practice run.” (Datafile below)

Art Rosenbaum. Prom dresses by day, powered armour and spandex by night, Art is the tailor for a large portion of the superhero community. Business Expert.


What do you think? Please sound off in the comments about the datafiles, their composition, and how I can make this series of posts more useful for you.

Next week: Mark’s First Team-Up!! (part 1)





About estebs

I am a 30-year-old aeronautical engineer who has been roleplaying for--literally--half his life. I started with Rolemaster, and since then have explored many, many games, mainstream and obscure. Raising my daughter into this incredible world of imagination and creativity with my lovely wife, I sometimes even have time to contribute something to it as well!