Last issue ended with our heroes being attacked by three Viltrumites out in space, lead by Conquest. This issue Allen, Nolan, Oliver, Tech Jacket, and Mark engage in an all out brawl with the super-powered conquerors. The battle, however, takes a nasty turn as Mark is gravely injured after finally defeating Conquest himself, once and for all.
This is probably my shortest description for a comic, but for good reason. It was non stop action. Loved it. The last couple of issues dealt with the aftermath of the Invincible War and Conquest, and we didn't get to see much action for quite a few months. This issue makes up for that, in spades. It was great to see everyone working together as a team. As much as I love all the classic villains in the Invincible supporting cast, I love seeing Mark fight his own people. It's gritty, graphic, and you never know what happens. Mark almost always gets badly hurt, and this time was no exception. In fact, I don't know how he'll ever recover from this encounter. It was great to see Nolan fight alongside his sons in this issue. I also loved the team-up between Allen the Alien and Tech Jacket. Though there wasn't much dialogue, there was a line that really stuck out. Conquest mentioned to Nolan that Mark is finally as strong, if not stronger, than Nolan. For the entirety of the series, Mark has always had a fraction of his dad's powers (being half human). But with all that's happened to him, he's finally stepped up. I'm glad they finally acknowledged it so the fans get a good idea where Mark's at power-wise. Though I'm not keen on the idea of Mark making speeches about not killing people and quickly regressing. Still awesome issue. The Mark and Conquest brawl was epic. 4.9/5
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