Investing in Invincible: Season Two

Investing in Invincible: Season Two

BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME

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The best comic book adaptation on streaming isn’t from Marvel or DC - it’s under the Image Comics banner. As we wait for Invincible's second and third seasons, here’s your key issue shopping list.

Between Disney and Warner Brothers, the market has been flooded with superheroes. Now that the Marvel shows have climbed to the top of Disney+’s streaming showcase, between movies and series, there’s practically one around every corner. WB is doing the same between HBO Max and CW with mixed results. It’s understandable why a casual viewer would dismiss a cartoon starring a superhero unknown to the mainstream eye. That also means they would have missed one of the best series on streaming, with or without capes and costumes.

Invincible was an unexpected splash on the streaming platform, and another hit for superstar comic writer Robert Kirkman. In fact, the show was so popular that Amazon renewed it for two more seasons before Season One reached its finale. And that’s about all we know. 

The next season is in the works, but nothing else has been made official. We assume the same cast will return to their voice roles, and we can guess as to which characters will make their debuts. When that will kick off is still a giant question mark. 

My guess is an announcement is coming soon, and that will trigger a landslide for these key issues.

INVINCIBLE #1

At the top of the food chain is Invincible #1. Not only do you get Mark Grayson’s first appearance, but this issue also includes the debuts of Omni-Man, Titan, and Atom Eve’s cameo reveal. Put it all together, and you get the single most valuable issue in the Invincible collection. 

This one has a reputation as being supremely expensive, and you may think it’s unobtainable, but that’s where the variants come in. Granted, they are all pricey, especially the rare foil cover that only has 200 copies on the market, there are more affordable options. You can have a graded 9.8 bloody Mark variant for close to $400 or the Omni-Man variant for about $350 which are both far better than the $3,500 for the first print standard cover. 

INVINCIBLE #2

This issue has several first appearances that have already had an impact on the show. First and foremost is the full debut of Atom Eve, and she makes her premiere along with Robot, Rex-Plode, and Dupli-Kate. There’s also the Mauler Twins, who are still alive and kicking after the conclusion of Season One. It all could add up to bigger things and broader fan bases for all of them, particularly Atom Eve.

By no means is this an inexpensive key issue, but it’s cheaper than most Invincible #1s. A 9.8 for the standard edition will easily cost you $600-$700. If you downgrade to a 9.6, which is basically the same to the naked eye, that price tag shrinks to the $300-$350 range. 

INVINCIBLE #61

Here you have the first appearance of what should be the next season’s main antagonist: Conquest. As Omni-Man pointed out, Viltrumites get stronger with age, and Conquest is both older, stronger, and more brutal than even him. Omni-Man’s Viltrum flashback in the first season gave us a brief look at the future villain, so there’s no question he is coming.

The prospect of Conquest getting involved in the second season is being felt in the fair market values. Just this month, a 9.8 sold for a record $250. That makes four of the last five sales all for more than $200.

INVINCIBLE RETURNS #1

Just when Omni-Man and Conquest seemed like the worst Vitrumites in the universe, Grand Regent Thragg reminds everyone who rules Viltrum. After Conquest wasn’t able to kill Mark, Thragg was so scary that even Conquest begged forgiveness. He’s been alluded to in Omni-Man’s backstory, so chances are that the show is building to his introduction. I doubt we will see him for more than a brief appearance in Season Two, but he should get the red carpet treatment in season three.

Thragg’s first appearance has actually been on the decline as of late, but that’s good for buyers. Last year, the 9.8 averaged $326, though it has been earning $225 for the past 90 days.

MARVEL TEAM-UP #14

When Invincible was hit so hard that he crashed into another universe, he found himself in the Marvel-616 where he teamed with Spider-Man. From 2006 to 2020, the 9.8 didn’t crack the $200 mark. Last year, that price jumped to a record $1k. The price has somewhat come back to reality in 2022, but it’s still selling for $500+ on a regular basis. 

Why is this issue so special for collectors and investors? I look at Neil Gaiman and Angela. Remember that Gaiman, after gaining the full rights to the character, sold the intellectual rights to Marvel. Since Image Comics leaves the character’s rights with the creators, who’s to say Kirkman wouldn’t be interested in selling Invincible to Marvel? That would make Marvel Team-Up #14 more lucrative to own.

SEASON TWO AND BEYOND

Invincible may not have a firm release date for Season Two on the schedule, but we can cross our fingers that it will be before the end of the year. Animated or otherwise, this was the best action series on television or streaming. There has been talk about a live-action movie in the works since 2017, but I almost hope that doesn’t happen. The cartoon was perfect, and a movie could lessen its impact. 

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.


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