Guarding the Globe is a monthly spin-off series of “Invincible” showcasing a Government funded and assisted group of costumed Super-Heroes. It’s easy for costumed heroes to get lost in the fray of all the other hero books out there – but the characters introduced so far seem to feel truly unique. Issue 1 throws us right into a battle with Kid Thor, a hammer-wielding strong-man, and Japandroid – a young Japanese android girl whose abilities seem to be unlimited as she can reprogram herself to do just about anything. We also meet Brit, the team leader, who boasts impressive invulnerability while also being a family man. This issue throws a lot on our plate all at once, which may be a bit overwhelming to new readers. Fear not! Although this issue introduces us to a lot of characters, events and sub-plots there is no doubt in my mind that with the fluidity of the writing this series will work itself out and remain linear in the process. The writing is fantastic, easy to follow and is peppered with a great sense of humor. The individual character writing is engaging and allows you to really get a feel for the individual characters and their personalities which is essentially the most important aspect when reading a comic book – especially one with such an impressive character roster! Some [spoiler free!] magic moments in this issue are Brit’s humanity while tackling a difficult family problem, and also his compassion towards a friends problem in the wake of it all. There is also a really clever Anthony Boudain reference in one of the sub-plots involving Kaboomerang, a sarcastic hero capable of telekinetic control over his explosive boomerangs and Best Tiger, who has a super-human ability regarding weapon precision.
Overall, Guarding the Globe explodes with content right out of the gate. If this issue is any indication of what’s to come, then this series looks extremely promising. With the cast of diverse characters, engaging writing and the relatable sense of humor and pop culture references sprinkled throughout, this book certainly is begging you to keep reading, and as of now, I think I will.