Invincible #133 Begins the End of Kirkman’s Long-Running Image Series
Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead
, has had another long-running series with Image Comics called Invincible
. Earlier this week, Kirkman announced that Invincible
will be coming to an end in the next year. Longtime series artist Ryan Ottley will be returning to re-team with Kirkman to end the series. The 12-part concluding story, “The End of All Things,” will start with Invincible
Kirkman promises that “The End of All Things” storyline will return to various elements of the series so far. It will also answer many of the questions that have been raised over the series’ long run. To explain why he is ending what has been a successful and popular creator-owned series, Kirkman wrote a letter to the fans. In it, he said, “We’ve got a little over a year to go, and it’s going to be one hell of a year! So please join us for our swan song, thirteen years in the making! We couldn’t have done it without you, the fans, so let’s all cross the finish line together!”
Although it has been overshadowed by the massive crossover success of The Walking Dead
has also been very popular. It debuted before The Walking Dead
had become a hit television series, and yet Invincible
started out strong, getting great reviews and selling well. It was Kirkman’s venture into superheroes, chronicling that story of the character Invincible, a half-human, half-alien superhero named Mark Grayson, who is the son of the hero Omni-Man.
was created by Kirkman and Cory Walker and debuted in 2002 in a comic called Tech Jacket
#1. Image Comics then started publishing the series Invincible
in 2003. Walker provided the art for the first seven issues before Ottley took over for an extended run on the series. It went on to become a hit, running for the last 13 years. It has been published through Skybound, an Image Comics imprint that produced Kirkman’s comics.
#144 will be the final issue of the series, coming in likely late 2017 or early 2018. The beginning of the final story, “The End of All Things,” starts with Invincible
#133 this November.