First and foremost, Indestructible is a comedy, which makes many of the cliched characters more forgivable. The story blends riffy banter, subtle sight gags and comic book parody into an action story with more thought-provoking material than we probably deserve. Indestructible: Vol. 1 never takes the next step with the themes it explores, but there’s time for that.
The hero of Indestructible is Greg Pincus, a twenty (or thirty)-something nobody with more than a passing resemblance to Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead. He lives with his perpetually bemused best friend who has few interests outside of video games. Through an amusing comedy of errors, exacerbated by Barry, the world thinks Greg is a superhero. Greg is suddenly elevated to new status of existence in which everyone wants a piece of him.
The comic book hits all the right comedic notes, has solid enough action and even a bit of romance. That's good. Action comedies shouldn’t mess up the basics. What lifts the story above another forgettable diversion is the unexpected exploration of the meaning of fame and how it affects those on the periphery of stardom.
Jeff Kline’s narrative touches lightly on the trappings of fame. More interesting is a subplot that focuses on the trappings of infamy. Greg's story is of a superhero who doesn't really want to be a hero. It is paralleled by that of a supervillain who doesn't really want to be a villain. However, under the constant barrage of paparazzi camera flashes that exists solely to satiate a public obsessed with celebrity, do either of them have a choice when the rest of the world has made up its mind what they should be?
The art by Javi Garron and Salvi Garcia is competent. The artists have an obvious knack for expressions, which is the most important aspect of comedic comic art. They especially have fun with couch potato roommate Barry. Slight refinement to get consistent proportions would have been welcome, but it’s a small complaint.
Indestructible is good stuff. It’s not great. It gives the reader enough substance to mull over after turning the final page and staves off boredom with unique situational comedy that could only exist in a world with superheroes. Vol. #1 tantalizes the reader with intelligent ideas and legitimate laughs, but hasn’t cleared the hurdles that could turn this comic into a classic.. This creative team has already given us a solid comic book, but it may become something truly special as it progresses. Let’s hope they take all the right turns.