Following the dramatic ending to Invincible Season 2, Part 1, Robert Kirkman, creator of both the show and its source comics, confirmed one fan theory regarding Omni-Man's future.
Invincible Season 2, Part 1 ended with J.K. Simmons' Omni-Man being escorted away to his execution, leading him to tell Steven Yeun's Invincible to seek out the books that he wrote. These are the very same books that Debbie Grayson wants to stop receiving money for from Cecil, which ultimately results in her ditching her remaining copies outside her home.
With the second half of Season 2 set to release in the coming months, fans have spent the hiatus theorizing about what's to come based on what happened in the comics and what has been unique to the show compared to the source material.
Invincible Creator Confirms One Fan Suspicion
Speaking to TV Insider, Invincible show and comics creator Robert Kirkman confirmed that Omni-Man telling Invincible to read his books in Season 2, Part 1's finale demonstrates the character's changing beliefs.
Kirkman discussed how Omni-Man "revealing that there’s something useful in those books" shows there is "a shift in his loyalties":
"I mean, I don’t want to spoil too much around that scene, but I think that the fact that he is revealing that there’s something useful in those books for Mark in that moment indicates possibly a shift in his loyalties, if the episode in itself wasn’t a clear indication of that. So I think that aspect is pretty important."
He teased that the answers to many fan questions regarding this comment from Nolan Grayson, things like "what they are, and what they mean," will be addressed early and not be kept "a mystery for too long" since they "hit the ground running on that aspect:"
"What they are, and what they mean, and what they mean for the future, you’ll just have to keep watching the show to find out. But I will say that in the back half, you know, we’re not going to be keeping that a mystery for long, so it’s not something that’s going to be driving you crazy for a good long time. We kinda hit the ground running on that aspect as well."
Nolan's Books' Role in the Comics Explained
As is clear with context, Nolan telling his son, Mark, to read his books is not simply the request it appears to be.
In the comics, the science fiction novels Nolan wrote during his time on Earth contain information on how to beat the Viltrumites. This information is hidden in the stories, under the guise of fictional tales.
As such, Nolan telling Mark to read these books means he wants him to find these hidden messages so he can fight the Viltrumites and potentially win. In the comics, such information includes the existence of a weapon that could help against the Viltrumites and a race capable of defeating seemingly indestructible beings.
Mark still needs to deal with the simmering threat of Angstrom Levy, so it remains to be seen whether Invincible will get to use this knowledge against the Viltrumites before the season's end. Plenty of other storylines and subplots will also be demanding screentime like Donald's mysterious resurrection, so the remaining episodes will have to make room.