Amazon Prime’s Invincible had an incredible outing in its debut season. It gave people a different and more harrowing slant on what could happen if superheroes really existed and, unfortunately for those characters living in that world, that meant a lot of death and collateral damage.
This is a similar approach to the one taken by Amazon’s other original superhero TV series The Boys. The difference, however, is that The Boys is a much darker show, highlighting some of the awful things superpowered people went through during their off time.
After everything we’ve seen from Omni-Man in Invincible, it isn’t shocking that audiences have compared him to Homelander from The Boys. Sure, there are some differences. For example, Homelander is more deplorable because he’s a man who believes in nothing but himself. At the very least, Omni-Man believes in something greater – even if his methods are horrible.
Homelander has never been tested
Homelander has won most of his fights. He may even be undefeated in a physical battle. After all, we have seen him destroy metahumans without blinking – the best example of this may be when he shot someone with his laser eyes and flew away as quick as he came. And that’s the first problem: Homelander has never faced anyone who could truly challenge him.
For all we know, Omni-Man hasn’t lost a fight on Earth. However, the difference is that he was tested extensively, which prepared him to fight the best of the universe before he went to Earth. Nothing was given to him or the rest of the people of Viltrum.
Let’s say that all we knew was what we were going to see in the finale of Invincible but we still saw Omni-Man have to overcome the odds. He defeated the world’s most powerful super-team on his own. And he did it in a confined space without anyone hearing the chaos – that’s an underappreciated part of that win. Later, he bested the best technology the U.S. Government had to offer and then fought a monster that didn’t feel pain.