INVINCIBLE – SEASON 1 SERIES REVIEW
Did you know Robert Kirkman wrote comics other than The Walking Dead? Now you have a chance to dive headfirst into the entertaining and also very violent world of his other longest running series, “Invincible”. The story follows Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), the 17-year old son of the world’s greatest superhero Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). As his own powers are awakened, Mark decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the superhero Invincible to save the world. However, the world Mark is trying to protect is full of brutal enemies, terrible consequences, and dark secrets. No more so than when it becomes clear that some of the darkest secrets may be hidden within his own family. Justin, Mike, Mark, and Jamarco have become their own super reviewing team to tell you why Amazon’s latest violent superhero show may be their best, despite a few notable flaws.
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CREATED BY: Robert Kirkman
STARRING: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, Ross Marquand, Jason Mantzoukas, Malese Jow, Grey Griffin, Khary Payton, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Walton Goggins, Chris Diamantopoulos, Seth Rogen, Mahershala Ali, Kevin Michael Richardson, Michael Dorn, Ezra Miller, Jeffrey Donovan, Fred Tatasciore, Andrew Rannells, Mark Hamill, Nicole Byer, Clancy Brown, Mae Whitman, Jon Hamm, Sean Patrick Thomas, Mark Burkholder, Jonathan Groff, Djimon Hounsou, Justin Roiland, Gary Anthony Williams, Zehra Fazal, Reginald VelJohnson
Justin Zarian (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Assistant Site Manager)
Justin’s fate as a movie fanatic was written in the stars when his birth forced his parents to cancel their planned Oscar viewing party. While growing up in California, he was often seen in front of the television watching and re-watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, classic Disney movies and a steady stream of animated shows. This eventually led to a B.A. in Film at Brigham Young University and an Outstanding Student Teacher Award for displaying a level of film knowledge so insane that even his fellow film students couldn’t compete. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate, but still volunteers at One of Us every so often for the fun of it. His hobbies include non-stop film conversations, wondering how Mass Effect 3’s ending went so wrong, espousing the joys of shooting guns (but not hunting, as he’s quick to note), writing the next great American television show in his head, and anything else entertainment related. You can find him on Facebook once in a blue moon.
Jamarco Shaw (Screener Squad)
Musician. Screenwriter. IMDB trivia page miraculously brought to life. These are a few ways to adequately describe Jamarco Shaw. Born on the southside of Houston, TX, Jamarco (or Marco, as he’s affectionately named, and NEVER Marco Polo) developed a lifelong love for everything pop culture ever since he was running around in his Blue Ranger Underoos. It wasn’t until a five-year detour in Burbank that he discovered that this love would inspire a passion for years to come. When he’s not raving about cinematography and Spider-Verse, he’s been known to make hip hop instrumentals to pass the time. He aspires to join the ranks of such great Renaissance Men as Donald Glover, John Cassavetes, and Jamie Foxx, but until then, you can catch him trying to make sense of whatever Christopher Nolan just released.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Mark Prince (Screener Squad)
Mark Prince is a lifelong nerd so old he remembers the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the original Star Wars in the theater, and comics that cost a quarter and could be found on racks in the local apothecary. By day, a mere human services worker, by night he emerges to combat boredom, master the vagaries of the B grade television serial, the C grade cinematic release, and to ever assist his fellow man, as well as to master, once and for all, the Shoryuken Dragon Punch with ever stiffening thumbs.
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