Amazon has announced that animated comic drama Invincible has been given a straight-to-series order.
“Robert has an uncanny talent to predict the zeitgeist, and we are incredibly excited to see him break boundaries in an animated one-hour format,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming at Amazon Studios. “In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline. We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television.”
Based on Robert Kirkman’s recently concluded comic series, with Kirkman on board as executive producer, Invincible follows Mark Grayson, the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet who begins developing superpowers shortly after his 17th birthday.
This marks Kirkman’s first series under his recent Amazon deal and fourth overall, with The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead on AMC and exorcism drama Outcast on Cinemax. It’s the latest comic series to find its way to television, likely the second comic series on Amazon following Eric Kripke’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys. TV’s recent comic boom includes Legion, Marvel’s Runaways, Gotham, The Gifted, Agents of SHIELD, The CW’s Arrow-verse, and Netflix’s interconnected Marvel dramas, as well as the upcoming DC streaming service that will house Titans, Swamp Thing, and Doom Patrol.
Invincible also joins a scripted slate for Amazon that includes Lore, Patriot, Sneaky Pete, Goliath, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Transparent, The Tick, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Dangerous Book for Boys. The outlet has a series adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Julia Roberts-starring Homecoming, Matthew Weiner anthology The Romanoffs, and an as-yet-untitled series starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph on tap next.