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This is why every veteran should watch ‘Invincible’

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Traditionally superhero arcs teach values that society deems positive and honorable. Superhero animations have a lesson for every member of society and then personify these traits in the heroes and villains love and love to hate. “Invincible” is a story geared for a more mature audience and makes earth’s supermen more humanized, realistic. If you liked “The Boys,” you’re going to love “Invincible.” The show by Robert Kirkman not only questions the psychological stability of the lead after living through various traumatizing events. Besides its episodes being longer than usual, it is extremely vicious and explicitly ghastly, which is how we like it in the infantry.

Unlike other superhero comics, “Invincible” does not hold back from the spectacle of tremendously powerful superior beings battling with one another. The show presents its actions in an emotionally realistic manner, emphasizing how serious the repercussions are of placing our fate in the hands of a few, but powerful, people. Most superhero stories usually showcase powerful beings as peaceful creatures with a moral compass pointing true north. While it might be good to bring out such a lesson in traditional, kid friendly show for the obvious reason that it’s for children. In reality, even those with superior authority and power abuse their privileges. Power also corrupts the minds of those in charge to the point that they see the innocent as disposable. The show is about the duality of that power and what one would do with it.

Mark Grayson, a juvenile idealist who wants to become like his father, Omni-man. His father routinely flies around the world like an off-brand Superman but don’t let the copyright safe uniform fool you. In my honest opinion he’s what Superman should have been … but I digress.

The show’s main character also depicts the importance of being comfortable with where you are in society. For instance, Mark Grayson lives with his parents because he is unable to use his powers. He appreciates the efforts his father makes but feels inadequate in comparison. His parents have all but given up on him manifesting his powers. Yet, while standing up for his classmate, he is severely beaten by a bullied kid, and still, his powers stay hidden. One day he finds he has grown exceedingly strong while putting out trash at a mundane fast-food job.

Henceforth, he takes his powers seriously and starts fighting crime, although clumsily during the initial stages. When his father realizes his abilities are now out, he makes it his personal job to train Mark to fulfil his destiny. Mark’s life becomes complicated shortly after becoming a superhero as he associates himself with fellow teen superheroes. His father, however, suddenly experiences a radical change in personality. No spoilers but sh*t gets real and unapologetically violent.

If you’re stuck in the barracks with nothing to watch and are sick of the same old recycled super heroes but love the genre, give “Invincible” a watch.