Update Wednesday Jan 8: The third teaser is here, and it seems like those who are guessing that Mark's younger brother Oliver is taking over may be headed in the right direction.
This teaser says, "First Issue for a New Generation!"
If it's not a legacy, with someone like Oliver coming in, what else could a New Generation signify? Could we see a major time jump in the series? A different style of storytelling? Invincible now carrying big guns and wearing lots of pads and pouches? Stay tuned, the reveal should be coming very soon...
Update Tuesday, Jan 7: A second teaser doesn't reveal much more, other than to add the adjective "Startling" to the mix. It does, however, offer up a fun game of "Spot the Invincible character" with a collage of heroes and villains alike behind the silhouette of Invincible.
See how many you can spot, and stay tuned for news from Image Expo later this week!
Original Story: A new teaser from Image Comics hints at a big announcement for Robert Kirkman's Invincible at the forthcoming Image Expo. The teaser's text says simply "1st issue in a BOLD New Direction!"
Now, in the era of the New 52 and Marvel NOW! it's easy to take that literally, and assume that the long-running independent superhero series is getting a new #1, but we're not so sure. First, there's the filename of the teaser as sent by Skybound and Image: "Invincible-111Teaser." That seems to say it all right there, that this will be more of a ".NOW" than a true "#1" style of first issue. Of course, the March 2014 solicitation for Invincible #110 only says "All good things must come to an end."
There's also what Kirkman himself told us about the long-running series when we asked about high numbers on covers back at San Diego Comic-Con last Summer.
"Nrama: Other publishers are a little scared of high issue numbers, it seems, of late…
Kirkman: It’s incredibly foolish! All market data indicates that the new number strategy doesn’t help books longterm, which I find hilarious. But keep doing what you’re doing!
Nrama: What do you do to keep Invincible fresh so that new readers can come into it if they’re finding you through your other work?
Kirkman: I think the trade paperback program is very important. Having all your trades in print, and clearly numbered so that it’s a series that’s almost like a manga series – when you go into a book store and see there’s 45 volumes of Naruto. That, I think, encourages you to try a series and get into it.
I don’t understand the thinking that “Volume 17” is something you don’t ever want to see, that people would see that and say “I can’t get into that, that’s too many books!”
Because of the digital market and the prevalence of trade paperbacks and graphic novels in the bookstore market, they’re very available, and it is fun to be able to go in once a month and buy a new Invincible trade and get caught up! I think having the big numbers, having a long-running series, gives a series weight, it makes it seem substantial. It makes it seem like it’s worth investing time into. But, I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong!"
So don't go lambasting the creator for turning on his heel just yet, but do feel free to speculate as to what the bold new direction for Invincible will be with April's issue, whatever number is on the cover.