There's nothing terribly new or original here. It was a fun, fast-paced superhero story that doesn't quite hit the mark in terms of originality or innovation. It read like an indie graphic novel in a "new universe" setting -- the characters are all a lot like those we've seen for years, just with different masks and costumes. Had this book come along earlier, it would probably have been much more popular, but there have been a fair number of superhero novels written since the 80s and 90s, and this one felt mostly like a retread. I did enjoy it, but it's nothing special and not something I would recommend except for a few hours of light escapism.
I was sceptic when I first saw this title recommended. I'm not a fan of superhero comics. (I love graphic novels however). The ever-repeating, simplistic story, the villain caught for the umpteenth time, the same mad schemes, making the same mistakes, never learning; it gets on my nerves.
And maybe that is exactly why I have so much fun listening to this book. Yes, the author takes his characters very seriously. But hearing the villain asking himself "why do I always explain my schemes?!" made this worthwhile.
I am a long-time fan of comic books and super-heroes in particular. I've read many of the available super-hero novels, and until now, I've found them exceptionally juvenile and in most cases, poorly-written.
"Invincible" is a novel about superheroes, not a superhero novel. A certain suspension of disbelief is necessary--the characters are all comic heroes and villains, after all--but the story is actually very touching.
Like so many other reviewers, my favorite character was the villain. Dr. Impossible reveals a great deal about himself without intending to. Everyone who was once a dateless high school nerd can identify with the good doctor.
This is the best comic book novel I have heard/read.
I will not argue that it is perfect, but then I don't know if any comic book fiction can be. The alternating narrators -- between an old school world-conquering super villain and a new modern age cyborg superhero just coming into her prime -- allows for great contrasting viewpoints as they describe their world and experiences.
Have you ever wondered what happens when Dr Doom is put in jail or when Lex Luthor is out of money and down on his luck? Or maybe you're curious about how a rookie superhero is able to make the big leagues? Or about behind-the-scenes stories and conflicts in the world's greatest super-team? It's all here.
Story-wise, there are a few flaws. Doctor Impossible's powers and intelligence seem to vary a bit over the course of the story. Fatale occasionally whines more than she should as a protagonist. And I prefer to ignore the chapter where Impossible meets Mister Mystic, which makes little sense. But when all is said and done, the flaws are minor compared to the fun of the story.
And like all good comic book tales, when the story ends, the future is full of possibilities.
Highly recommend it. Doctor Impossible is the best bad-guy to come along in a lo-o-ong time. It's worth the time and money just to listen to his narrative. I will instantly buy the next book by this author.
This book was a blast. I wish there were more superhero narratives like this to read. Modern comics have gotten so dark that it was really refreshing to find a book with such an old school fun mentality like this one.
The book has two narrators depending on the point of view. The Doctor Impossible parts were far better than the Fatale sections but hers weren't bad. The Doctor Impossible narrator gives a really bombastic larger than life take on the character, while still retaining his surprisngly human qualities. I found myself rooting for Dr. Impossible, despite him being an evil genius bent on taking over the world.
This audiobook is on my top 5 of all time. The entertainment factor is way up there and I'm not even a comic reader. The narration is great and the premise superb. If you have any interest in humor, comics, superheroes, and irony, listen to this book.
This audio is the best that I have heard.It is nothing but fun!
Story is great, Naration is greater!
Paul Boehmer's performance as Dr. Impossible is so gleefully snarky, its hard to find superlatives equal to it. He is just brilliant!
It took a little while to get "into" this book. It spends a lot of time in character developement (as you'd expect) and not as much time in plot. But eventually it all comes together.
Once you get through the first section of the book it does flow a lot better and you can see the interaction of the two main characters --- which surprisingly isn't a whole lot. It ties up nice and neat at the end though.