- Superhero comics
- Item Description
- First published in France as Imbattable 1 - Justice et légumes frais © DUPUIS 2017, by Jousselin, and Imbattable 2 - Super-herós de proximité © DUPUIS 201, by Jousselin.
- Physical Description
- 96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
- MG, This book is intended for middle-grade readers aged 9-14 or above. It contains scenes of light intensity.
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*Starred Review* He may be "the only true comic book superhero," but the chubby, yellow-clad Mister Invincible has humble aspirations: rescuing a cat in a tree, bringing baguettes to his grandma, foiling the occasional mad scientist. Similarly, a casual flip through this book, with its uneventfully standard panel grids, might suggest a run-of-the-mill tale. But it takes no longer than the second panel for the character and the book to astonish, as Mister Invincible looks down in his kitchen and spots a mugging in progress on the tier of panels right below him, then leaps down into the lower panels to intervene. This French import gives new meaning to thinking outside the box, as mainstays of comics structure become opportunities for breathtaking formalist experimentation—transposing space and time, abstracting the solid, solidifying the abstract—to mind-bending effect. Alternating one-page vignettes and extended masterpieces, Jousselin breathes joyous life into the form for fans and scholars of every age, and just when you think the device has run its course, he deploys another stupendous surprise. Neither does he let it all rest on his acumen; a charmingly deadpan hero, a sly sense of humor, and a good-natured, community-minded spirit are all visualized with clean, clear, expert cartooning and welcomingly classical figures. A wonderfully generous work displaying an unbridled love of the form. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Jousselin takes full advantage of the comics format to introduce Mr. Invincible—"the one and only true comic book superhero!"—who utilizes "the incredible magic of comics" in his heroics. Jumping between panels to affect a story line's previous and future moments ("Time is space, and space is time"), the yellow-clad superhero considers no job too small, whether saving a cat (reaching down a panel to pluck it out of a treetop), confronting killer robots (bashing them with a mop through surrounding panels), or picking up a baguette for his grandmother (sending a note at the end of the strip to himself at the beginning). Single-page shorts, interspersed with longer tales, constitute most of this collection and serve to show all the ways Mr. Invincible creates an oft lighthearted meta narrative. Told in an art style reminiscent of Sunday comic strips and heavily rooted in visual gags, the vignettes aptly work outside the traditional box—er, panel—to explore a range of themes, including the value of hard work (Mr. Invincible learns early on in life not to use his powers to cheat), the dangers of corporate greed (a CEO embraces pollution to gain money and power), and the consequences of amassing military power (the U.S. attempts to weaponize a hero). Mr. Invincible, grounded and irreverent of his status as a major superhero, exudes infectious charm as he inspires those around him. Ages 9–12. (Aug.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.
"There's a new superhero in town -- Mr. Invincible! Sure, he wears a mask and cape and helps widows and orphans as any self-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts the mad scientists and bad guys with his amazing super-power that makes him the only true comic book hero: he can reach outside the comic strip panels to affect both space and time! By breaking the boundaries of 'comic book physics' he and his companions are able to do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics! A wholly unique and creative twist on conventional comic-book reading experience, this wacky Middle Grade title will put your imagination to the test!"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
“Mister Invincible doesn't justfight villains. He shows us why comics delight us.” - Gene Luen Yang viaThe New York TimesBologna RagazziAward Winner 2020A Junior Library GuildSelection 2020Featured in The New YorkTimesBooklist StarredReviewKirkus StarredReviewPublishers Weekly StarredReviewThere's a new superhero in town -- Mr. Invincible!Sure, he wears a mask and cape and helps widows and orphans as anyself-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts the mad scientists and bad guyswith his amazing super-power that makes him the only true comic book hero: hecan reach outside the comic strip panels to affect both space and time! Bybreaking the boundaries of 'comic book physics' he and his companions are ableto do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics! Awholly unique and creative twist on conventional comic-book reading experience,this wacky Middle Grade title will put your imagination to thetest!