Amazon is adding to its offbeat superhero roster (which currently boasts The Boys and The Tick), and the new show is coming from a name well-familiar to genre fans.
After moving his creative deal from AMC to Amazon, The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman has landed eight hour-long episodes of an adult-oriented animated series based on his comic Invincible.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in his first move under the deal, Kirkman will be adapting his recently ended comic about teen legacy superhero Mark Grayson’s super-education with co-creator Cory Walker and former Teen Titans writer Simon Racioppa, who will showrun. The comic ran from 2003 until February of this year under Image Comics imprint Skybound Entertainment — a legendary run (making it Kirkman’s most prolific series next to TWD) that spawned a lot of multimedia interest.
While Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are still developing a feature version of Invincible over at Universal, this will not impact the animated series and they will not be involved with the project. “In a world saturated with superhero fare, we trust Robert to subvert expectations while encapsulating a story filled with heart and adrenaline,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming at Amazon Studios. “We love his ambitious plan for the show and believe it will look like nothing else on television.”
That makes four airing shows based on Kirkman’s comic creations, after Invincible joins The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outcast. It also marks an exciting move for Amazon, which will be adding more young adult content to its relatively light genre offerings — while continuing to ride the superhero wave without needing the juggernauts of Marvel or DC.