Robert Kirkman on the End of INVINCIBLE


[Keep scrolling for a special video interview with Robert. -ed.]

“My greatest hope in life is to one day, when I’m much older, be reading an INVINCIBLE comic book by younger creators I haven’t met, who are doing a book that I hate.”

I’ve been asked many times over the thirteen years of writing INVINCIBLE how long I think this book will go. Some form of that statement has always been my answer. I always thought it would be a great honor to see Invincible rise to the level of Superman or Spider-Man in the pantheon of comic book superheroes. Characters who far outlived their original stories and eventually transformed into story engines that sort of tell the same story (to a certain extent) in perpetuity for generation after generation.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that goes against everything INVINCIBLE, as a series, has stood for since the very beginning. When Cory Walker and I created him, and with Ryan Ottley, since he joined the team with issue 8, the point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it. To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.

That is why villains sometimes win, and heroes give up… and eventually stop being heroes altogether… and change happens, and sticks, and characters die, and never come back… no matter how popular they are (we maybe should have kept Conquest alive).

So then, it stands to reason, that if most superhero comics continue forever with no end in sight and over their runs do not, in any way, tell a cohesive story that holds together to form a singular narrative… shouldn’t INVINCIBLE do the exact opposite?

It’s been many years now that Ryan Ottley and myself, with occasional help from co-creator Cory Walker (issue 130 in stores soon!) have been chronicling the adventures of Mark Grayson and the many characters that orbit his life. As I began plotting out the issues that lay ahead of us over this next year, I started to realize I was reaching a… conclusion. The big Viltrumite epic, which began with Nolan Grayson going to Earth and fathering Mark, and kicked off with their confrontation all those years ago in issue 11… was coming to an end. Everything was converging in this one story, and looking back, I realized I’d been working toward this the whole time. In talking it over with Ryan I learned, much to my surprise, that the idea of drawing something other than INVINCIBLE someday… and not being stuck in this monthly grind we’ve been in for well over a decade… appealed to him. So it wasclear, I was writing to a conclusion and Ryan was also drawing to one.

So that led to the question of what comes next?

I briefly considered bringing on another team, starting that eventual march to that book I’d read in my old age and throw across the room saying, “This isn’t INVINCIBLE!” And while I did consider some really cool options that would have led to some really cool issues of INVINCIBLE… more and more as I thought about it, I realized ending the series was the right thing to do.

So that’s what we’re doing! Issue 144, the conclusion of the 12-part epic THE END OF ALL THINGS, will be the final issue of Invincible. I’m sure when it’s all said and done, I’ll be sad, and I know I will miss these characters, but for the time being, I’m excited. Ryan will be coming back to the book with issue 133 in November, and we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a wild ride in store for the fans where we’re going to touch every corner of the Invincible Universe, and in the end, tie things up in a really cool and unexpected way.

So 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 lets all cross the finish line together!

Robert Kirkman
Backwoods, CA

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  1. Ecranu August 17, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I’m deeply saddened by this news. No other title in over 30 years of collecting, has captivated me more, than Invincible. Thank you, Robert, Cory, and Ryan!

  2. ItsJustRyan August 17, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I feel a depression setting in. I’ll have more to say later, but this is sad news for me. I understand that all good things end though. My favorite series (by far). ????

  3. ItsJustRyan August 17, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Oh… But thank you Robert, Ryan, and Cory. #ComicGods

  4. Reziah August 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    This has been the WORST comic news of the year for me. My most favorite comic of all time. I can’t even express my anger/sadness towards this decision. I thought he’d share Erik Larsen’s passion for his creations (going on #215 now!) What an incredible disappointment.

  5. JoeyLobo91 August 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply
  6. Epic A August 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    God, I feel old. Well, I’m 14, so I can’t relate THAT much, but I’ve been reading Invincible from around 2013 or so, and while that’s not been a long time, I still loved this series and always got happy for the next issue. But damn, this series is ending? Wow. I’ll be sure to get those last 12 issues all in my collection and be able to tell my grandkids 50 years later “This… this was a superhero epic by the great Robert Kirkman…. ah, my hip!”
    Thank you Robert, Cory, Ryan, Cliff, and everyone else that worked on the comic. I guess I feel glad I was able to get published ONCE in the letters so far. Can’t wait for the last INVINCIPALS!

  7. jonesc604 August 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Man thus is saddening news, but I think it’s good that we are going to get a definite end. Any possibility of a TV show or video game?

  8. Ecranu August 17, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I did find solace in Kirkman’s video interview. It’s fitting that this great title finds an ending, rather than be regurgitated over and over, again, like the rest of the industry (including TWD). Invincible was my last and only subscription for the last decade. Time to say farewell to this medium. I hope to see it on the big screen some day.

  9. Neilendil August 19, 2016 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I feel saddened to hear this, and unreasonably excited at the same time. I LOVE endings. It’s probably about damn time I started reading Invincible..

    -Neil (TWD reader as of the season 4 finale and Outcast reader as of “hey the show is coming out in 2 months”)

  10. flagg_is_god September 17, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply


    Not because I don’t love the book, it’s characters, or think the quality has declined in any way, but because all good (in this case, great) things must come to an end. And I’d rather Kirkman write that end than some Invincible fanboy in 20 years when there is no end, but rather poor sales just end up seeing the book cancelled 3 issues into a 6 issue plot line.

    And it’s not like Kirkman can’t revisit the series for specials (unless the end is THE END) featuring some of the supporting cast.

    Thank you, Mr Kirkman for writing the best damned [s]Superhero Comic[/s] Book ever.

  11. Invincible4life September 17, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

    This is some bullshit… thanks a lot, Robert. Maybe you should go write some episodes of Fear the Walking Dead in your spare time. (Because that’s HORRIBLE)

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