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Vector: “The Book of Urizen” – > “Spawn” – > “Invincible”

“Invincible” is a comic book series created by Robert Kirkman.  Beginning in 2003, the series follows the adventures of Mark Grayson, a high school student who is the son of Omni Man, the most powerful superhero on Earth.  A few pages into the first issue, Mark begins to develop super powers of his own, and begins his life as a crimefighter.  The series serves as both a parody and loving homage to pre-existing superhero properties, such as the superhero group “The Guardians of the Globe” that defends Earth having members like “War Woman” or “The Red Rush” serve as references to Wonder Woman and the Flash, but also creates a unique opportunity for its readers to see not only the beginning of a new hero, but a new superhero universe, as well.

For this vector, I did a “chain” vector, using the discussion we had about “The Books of Urizen” and Spawn” as the first segment.  As we had talked about in class, one story arc of the series “Spawn” involved the titular character going head to head with Urizen from the books of William Blake.  In “Spawn”, Urizen is a malevolent god who wants to destroy the souls of those living on Earth, and Spawn is the only individual that can stop him.  In the second link of this chain, I connected “Spawn” to “Invincible”.  In issue 60, a giant crossover among all of Image Comics’ superhero books occurred in the pages of “Invincible” to take on a nearly impossible threat.  One of the heroes called upon is Spawn, from Todd McFarlane’s series.

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