Amazon Prime Video’s new animated series Invincible is gory, ultra violent, action-packed, and the best comic book series to hit the streaming service since The Boys. Check out my parents guide review.
Amazon Prime Video Invincible, based off the Robert Kirkman comic book series, drops on the streaming service Friday, March 26th. The series is releasing 8 episodes on Prime Video and I was able to screen the first 3 episodes to facilitate this review. Creator Kirkman, who is best known as co-creator of The Walking Dead series, is one of the Invincible creators to bring this series to life and it does not hold back! Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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Invincible Parents Guide Review
In Invincible, 17 year old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), son to the great superhero named Omni-Man (J. K. Simmons) just received his powers after almost giving up hope of ever getting them. As he begins to learn about and control his powers, he meets and joins forces with other superheroes his age.
Invincible Age Appropriate
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to watch Invincible.
Language: The series contains extremely harsh language with profanity used throughout, words including: f*ck, sh*t, b*tch, d*ck, a**h*le, d*mn, b*stard, cr*p and jerk.
Violence: Although the series is animated, it is very violent, and rife with gory scenes. Viewers will see guns, shooting, death, hand to hand combat, and more. There is one scene when a death occurs by squeezing a head until the eyes pop out and the skull is crushed. Other deaths occur and are as graphic as the previous scene mentioned. Also, for some reason, characters puke often in this series.
Sexual Content: Sex is implied but not shown (at least in the first 3 episodes) of the series. There is a shower scene where one character was cheating on another. Characters are shown kissing and talking about sex. And there is one scene which shows lotion and tissues, implied masturbation.
If you are a fan of Amazon Prime Video’s series The Boys, and appreciate a comic book brought to life through animation, then you are going to want to check out Invincible. The series is based off of the Robert Kirkman & Corey Walker comics and while I haven’t read the comics, Kirkman himself was part of bringing this comic to life in a series and Walker served as lead character designer on the series.
The casting for Invincible is stacked with some extremely talented and big names. Steven Yeun voices Mark AKA Invincible and it is not a huge surprise that he is a part of this project, having experience working on another Kirkman comic series, The Walking Dead. Yeun has definitely made his mark as of late by showcasing his array of skills, having recently starred in Minari, which has been nominated for an Oscar. Yeun brings a youthful and naivete to Mark, which meshes well with the confident and robust J. K. Simmons, who voices Omni-Man (Mark’s father). In addition to these two virtuosos, Invincible also includes Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Khary Payton, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mahershala Ali, Michael Dorn, Ezra Miller, Clancy Brown, Jon Hamm, and Djimon Hounsou!
Invincible is very much an adult series and does not hold back on the gore, guts, ruthlessness and brutual death scenes. The gory and bloody scenes seem over-the-top at times, as if the creators are trying to prove a point that this series is truly aimed squarely at the adult fans out there, much like The Boys does. The adult content does not stop there, as sexual references are used often and one character was even caught in a threesome, or foursome? Along with the gore, the show surprisingly brings a lot of humor with it, and off-the-wall humor at that. When Omni-Man compares flying to peeing ones pants on purpose, I almost choked on my drink!
Like any good super hero series, Invincible offers some positive messages of self confidence, importance of working as a team, and even a bit of parental advice thrown in there. And when you get tired of the blood, guts and gore, the series keeps viewers interested with the looming mystery which must be solved. All in all, Invincible is going to be another unbeatable comic series coming from Prime Video streaming service.