Mister Invincible: Local Hero
Written and illustrated by Pascal Jousselin
Coloring by Laurence Croix
Translated by David Bryon, James Hogan, and Ivanka T. Hahnenberger
Magnetic Press, 2020
Recommended for ages 8 through adult
Supports STEM, STEAM, and Language Arts middle and high school curricula
This first English language volume of the French comics coming from Pascal Jousselin, was originally published in two volumes by Dupuis, 2017, 2018.
The format is soft cover, full color, with stories ranging from a single page to multiple pages in length.
Book Discussion Support
Who is Mister Invincible?
Mister Invincible is a superhero who, like others of that ilk, aligns his actions with causes of justice and support for the downtrodden. He’s small, dumpy, frequently engaged in the ordinary activities of a middleclass Everyman, like collecting the groceries, and he’s also called in by the local gendarmerie when they need some extra help with evil doers.
What’s Mister Invincible’s superpower?
Mister Invincible’s superpower could exist only in the well-constructed panels of a comics because it involves breaking through both the panel layout path and warping time by doing so! That’s why this superpower is super great for entertaining readers with high level (but readily accessible) concepts including relativity, the connections between the time and space continua when we tell stories, and analyzing how plot requires both backward and forward motion to get where it is taking readers.
Is there a sidekick?
Of course! Every superhero needs to lift up an up and coming apprentice-assistant. Mister Invincible’s sidekick is teenaged Two-Dea Boy. He can move details around in panels because, after all, comic book visuals are necessarily two-dimensional!
So, is the cartoonist who came up with all this getting any recognition in terms of prizes?
Yes, indeed! Mister Invincible’s cartoonist won the 2020 Ragazzi Comics Award at the Bologna Book Fair. That’s like the Grammy for song of the Year. Like Mister Invincible himself, cartoonist Pascal Jousselin is superpowered!
Insightful overviews to share with your book discussion group by way of introducing Mister Invincible include:
Vlieger, Leon. “Book Review - Imbattable, Tome 1: Justice et Legumes Frais et Tome 2: Super-Heros de Proximite.” The Inquisitive Biologist, 19 April 2019 (https://inquisitivebiologist.com/2019/04/19/book-review-imbattable-tome-1-justice-et-legumes-frais-tome-2-super-heros-de-proximite/)
Science and STEM teachers, start here with this engaging English language review by a well-read and curious Dutch biologist!
Hoffman, Alex. “Breaking Rules for Fun and Heroics.” Solrad: The Online Literary Magazine, 29 September 2020 (https://solrad.co/breaking-rules-for-fun-and-heroics-alex-hoffman-reviews-mister-invincible-by-pascal-jousselin-and-laurence-croix)
Science and language arts teachers, start here for an engaging overview of how convention breaking can be used to demonstrate such rules as dimension and plot development.
Literature Extending Activities
Librarians and adult school teachers, consider using this activity with an adult writing group as a warm up exercise when they first meet. Then send everyone home to read the many possibilities Mister Invincible suggests in continuum and plot rule breaking.
STEM/STEAM Extension Activities
High school students enrolled in both laboratory and theory science courses can explore how rule breaking in Mister Invincible helps to explain scientific rules, such as the time continuum and dimensionality.