Last issue ended with a major reveal, but in Invincible #95 we get all the juicy details. Who is Amanda’s baby daddy? Spoilers below, but first, here’s the official description from Image:
In the Flaxan dimension, the events that placed Robot and Monster Girl at odds finally unfold as the sad truth comes to light. On Earth–everyone is getting their butts kicked by the Flaxans–will the new Invincible be able to turn the tide? And where is Mark Grayson during all this?
Robert Kirkman throws a major -and very strange- twist our way, when it turns out that the Flaxan leader is Monster Girl’s son, but not Robot’s. And Monster Girl is the father. It sounds like the kind of plot device that only the worst science fiction and/or soap operas could deliver, but Kirkman, unsurprisingly, does an excellent job of keeping it real (so to speak). The dialogue in particular is great: nothing gets revealed too early, but neither is the wording clumsy. This hasn’t been a short storyline, and yet the tale of Robot and Monster Girl’s time in the Flaxan dimension could easily have been a miniseries unto itself. While it works well enough in this format, it very noticeably feels like the flashback it is, rather than the standalone tale it could have been.
While Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley continue to split art duties this issue, the lion’s share of the work is Walker’s. As with previous issues, he handles the Flaxan scenes, while Ottley’s present day Earth scenes serve as framing. Since the beginning of this arc, it seems their work is getting more and more similar, with the inking being the most noticeable difference (Cliff Rathburn inks Ottley’s pages.) Walker’s faces occasionally get too angular for my taste, but he makes up for it with a huge variety of fun sci-fi costumes for the main characters.
As someone who has only been reading for a few issues, I’m worried about how Monster Girl’s character will continue to develop once she and Robot are no longer center stage. But until then, I’m eager to see how things play out.