Invincible Reading Order, the Superhero Comic Book by Robert Kirkman

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Invincible is an American comic book series created by Robert Kirkman, now an Animated television series on Amazon Prime Video.

Reading Order Guide to the Invincible Universe

The Invincible comic is part of a bigger universe called the Image Universe. This is a universe where some stories published by Image Comics take place. Though interaction between series are limited, an Invincible Universe emerged, with the main series, a few spin-offs and tie-ins with other series. On top of that, the series has been released in different collections.

The Story of Invinicble

Mark Grayson is the teenage superhero Invincible. He was a normal high school senior with a normal part-time job and otherwise normal life, except his father Nolan is the superhero Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. At the age of 17, Mark begins to display superpowers, which come from his father being a member of the Viltrumite race, who, according to Nolan, pioneer the galaxy on a mission of benevolence and enlightenment.

Invincible Universe Series

Initially, most series listed were barely connected to Invincible. Kirkman integrated the characters into Invincible’s book. Click on the title of the series to buy the issues available on Kindle & ComiXology!

Invincible (2003-2018)
This is the main series created by Robert Kirkman focusing on our superhero Mark Grayson. 144 issues.

Tech Jacket (2002-2003)
Centered around Zack Thompson who, through an event of sheer chance, has come to possess a Tech Jacket, one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. Now it appears that the fate of the entire universe rests on his shoulders, as he learns that with infinite power comes infinite responsibility. 23 issues.

SuperPatriot (2002-2007)
SuperPatriot was created in 1992 by Erik Larson. Mark Grayson is a fan of the superhero. Robert Kirkman wrote two miniseries featuring the character.

Capes (2003)
Capes Inc. is a business that employs super-powered individuals to protect the city of New York and occasionally the world. Bolt, Kid Thor, Knock Out and Commander Capitalism! They’re all on the payroll ― super-heroes who punch a time clock, take lunch breaks and get overtime. 3-issue series.

Brit (2003-2009)
Meet Brit, the government’s last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in this one-man killing machine: He’s indestructible, unstoppable, and eligible for a senior citizen’s discount. Three one-shots and 12 issues.

The Astounding Wolf-Man (2007-2010)
About Gary Hampton, who transforms into a beast of the night—a werewolf—when the moon is full. 25 issues.

Guarding the Globe (2010)
A spin-off from Invincible about the superhero team Guardians of the Globe. The first series occurs in parallel with The Viltrumite War. There are two 6-issue series.

Invincible Universe (2013-2014)
A spin-off taking place in the aftermath of Invincible #100, in continuation to the second volume of Guarding the Globe, starring many characters from the Invincible Universe. 12 issues.

Invincible Presents (2007-2010)
A spin-off series revealing the secret history of the famed superhero’s most beloved allies, Atom Eve and Rex Splode. Two miniseries.

Invincible Essential Reading Order: Compendium Edition

The main series (with a few additions) have been collected in a ‘Compendium collection’ (simply huge paperbacks). A compendium collecting several stories centered on Invincible’s closest allies will soon be published.

Invincible Compendium Vol. 1 (Collects Invincible #1–47, #0, Invincible story from the Image Comics Summer Special, The Pact #4)
Invincible Compendium Vol. 2 (Collects Invincible #48–96, Invincible Returns #1, Astounding Wolf-Man #11
Invincible Compendium Vol. 3 (Collects Invincible #97–144)
Invincible Universe Compendium Vol. 1 (Collects Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #1-2, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1-3, Guarding The Globe (Vol. 1) #1-6, Guarding The Globe (Vol. 2) #1-6, And Invincible Universe #1-12)

Invincible Ultimate Collection Reading Order

If you prefer hardcover editions, you can purchase Invincible in Deluxe Edition. The Astounding Wolf-Man has also been released in a hardcover edition (though this is still an optional reading).

Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 1 (Invincible #1–13, plus extras)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 2 (Invincible #14–24, #0, Free Comic Book Day 2004 story, parts of #25, plus extras)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 3 (Invincible #25–35, The Pact #4, plus extras)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 4 (Invincible #36–47, plus extras)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 5 (Invincible #48–59, The Astounding Wolf-Man #11)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 6 (Invincible #60–70, Invincible Returns #1)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 7 (Invincible #71–84)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 8 (Invincible #85–96)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 9 (Invincible #97–108)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 10 (Invincible #109–120)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 11 (Invincible #121–132)
Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 12 (Invincible #133–144)
Astounding Wolf-Man Complete Collection Hardcover (The Astounding Wolf-Man #1–25 and Invincible #57)

The Invincible Universe: The Complete Recommended Reading order in trade paperbacks

Finally, if you want to read the complete story with all the prequel, sequel and spin-offs, this is the complete reading order with the trade paperbacks.

Superpatriot: America’s Fighting Force (Superpatriot #1-4)
Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode, Vol. 1 (Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #1–2; Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1–3)
Tech Jacket Volume 1: The Boy From Earth (Tech Jacket #1-6)
Invincible Vol. 1: Family Matters (Invincible #1–4)
Invincible Vol. 2: Eight Is Enough (Invincible #5–8)
Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers (Invincible #9–13)
Invincible Vol. 4: Head of the Class (Invincible #14–19; Image Comics Summer Special)
– Savage Dragon: God of War #1-4 (not collected as a TPB)
– SuperPatriot: War on Terror #1-4 (not collected as a TPB)
Capes Vol. 1: Punching the Clock (Capes 1-3, the 72-page back-up story from INVINCIBLE, and loads of sketch material)
Brit Volume 1: Old Soldier (Brit: Old Soldier)
Invincible Vol. 5: The Facts of Life (Invincible #0, 20–24, 25 (origin stories from the back only)
Invincible Vol. 6: A Different World (Invincible #25–30)
Invincible Vol. 7: Three’s Company (Invincible #31–35; The Pact #1)
Marvel Team-Up, vol. 3: League of Losers (Marvel Team-Up #14-18)
Invincible Vol. 8: My Favorite Martian (Invincible #36–41)
Invincible Vol. 9: Out of This World (Invincible #42–47)
Brit Vol. 2: AWOL (Brit #1-6)
Brit Vol. 3: FUBAR (Brit #7-12)
Invincible Vol. 10: Who’s the Boss? (Invincible #48–53)
The Astounding Wolf-Man Volume 1 (The Astounding Wolf-Man #1–7)
Invincible Vol. 11: Happy Days (Invincible #54–59; The Astounding Wolf-Man #11)
The Astounding Wolf-Man Volume 2 (The Astounding Wolf-Man #8–12 and Invincible #57)
Invincible Vol. 12: Still Standing (Invincible #60–65)
The Astounding Wolf-Man Volume 3 (Astounding Wolf-Man 13-18)
Invincible Vol. 13: Growing Pains (Invincible #66–70; Invincible Returns #1)
The Astounding Wolf-Man Volume 4 (The Astounding Wolf-Man #19–25)
Invincible Vol. 14: The Viltrumite War (Invincible #71–78)
Guarding the Globe Vol. 1: Under Siege (Guarding the Globe Vol. 1 #1-6)
Tech Jacket Vol.2: Lift Off (Tech Jacket 7&8 and Tech Jacket Digital #1-3)
Invincible Vol. 15: Get Smart (Invincible #79–84)
Guarding the Globe Vol. 2: Hard to Kill (Guarding the Globe Vol. 2 #1-6)
Invincible Vol. 16: Family Ties (Invincible #85–90)
Invincible Vol. 17: What’s Happening? (Invincible #91–96)
Invincible Vol. 18: The Death of Everyone (Invincible #97–102)
Invincible Universe Vol.1: On Deadly Ground (Invincible Universe 1-6)
Invincible Universe Vol. 2: Above the Line (Invincible Universe 7-12)
Tech Jacket Vol. 3: Touch the Sky (Tech Jacket (2013) #1-6)
Tech Jacket Vol. 4: All Falls Down (Tech Jacket #7-12)
Invincible Vol. 19: The War at Home (Invincible #103–108)
Invincible Vol. 20: Friends (Invincible #109–114)
Invincible Vol. 21: Modern Family (Invincible #115–120)
Invincible Vol. 22: Reboot? (Invincible #121–126)
Invincible Vol. 23: Full House (Invincible #127–132)
Invincible Vol. 24: The End of All Things, Part 1 (Invincible #133–138)
Invincible Vol. 25: The End of All Things, Part 2 (Invincible #139–144)

More about Invincible series

Is Invincible is still ongoing?

The Invincible series is over. The series began publication in January 2003 and run for 144 issues. The Last issue was released on February 14, 2018.

The Inspiration behind Invincible

In an interview with Skybound, Robert Kirkman talked about the fact that, when he was young, he loved reading comic books about kids the same age as him. So it inspired him to create a teen superhero, playing with the idea of what it would mean if Superman had a boy, and if, on top of that, you would subvert that and that your father was actually a bad man.

Is there an adaptation?

The Invincible comic book has been, first, turned into a motion comic by Gain Enterprises, and a live-action movie is in development since 2017 – the project is not dead yet.

If a movie hasn’t seen the light of day yet, Invincible was adapted for Amazon Prime Video as a very successful television adult animated series featuring Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and J. K. Simmons as the voices of Invincible, Debbie Grayson, and Omni-Man respectively. The show is still ongoing.

About the creators of Invincible

More about Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman is the writer of the Invincible Comic book. Born November 30, 1978, he is best known for developing the zombie comic book series “The Walking Dead,” which was later adapted into a popular television series. Kirkman has also worked on “Outcast”, “The Irredeemable Ant-Man” and “Marvel Zombies”.

More about Cory Walker

Born on February 28, 1975, Cory Walker is an American comic book artist and creator, best known for being the co-creator of “Invincible” with writer Robert Kirkman. The two men collaborated on a few issues of “The Irredeemable Ant-Man” and “Battle Pope”, as well as the five-issue miniseries “The Destroyer”.