Walking Dead's Kirkman announces the end of his long-running superhero epic Invincible

The Invincible saga dates all the way back to 2002, but now comic legend Robert Kirkman has announced his superhero series is officially coming to an end.

The series was Kirkman’s own little superhero sandbox, and he’s used it to tell some great stories, shake things up, and send up pretty much every superhero trope you can imagine. Initially, he said he’d always imagined it running beyond his tenure, but the further the saga stretched the more he came to realize it was heading toward a natural conclusion.

Check out an excerpt from Kirkman’s letter announcing the decision below:

“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 … 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 was clear, I was writing to a conclusion and Ryan was also drawing to one…

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!”

Kirkman confirmed that Issue 144 of Invincible will be the final installment, marking the conclusion of the 12-part “The End of All Things” arc. 

Are you sad to see Invincible end? Would you have preferred Kirkman hand the reins to a new creative team?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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