The character we know was secretly the villain during the first season of ‘Invincible’ was Nolan Grayson, who goes by the superhero name of Omni-Man. Due to his strength and power, Omni-Man is basically unbeatable on Earth and is the strongest being on the entire planet. Of course, his story had an interesting development in the comics. So, what happens to Omni-Man at the end, and does he die?
Omni-Man gets his redemption story
The opening episode of the ‘Invincible’ TV show surprised many people because the Superman expy called Omni-Man, who is Nolan Grayson outside of his superhero persona, was the villain. He killed all of the members of the Guardians of the Globe after he discovered that his son, Mark Grayson, had awakened his Viltrumite powers and is now the superhero named Invincible.
Nolan was able to keep his crimes a secret from the entire world as the first season of ‘Invincible’ focused on the mystery behind the deaths of the members of the Guardians of the Globe. Eventually, Omni-Man revealed the truth behind his actions and why he decided to kill the Guardians.
The goal of the superhero was to weaken the defenses of Earth so that he and Mark could take over the planet without trouble. As such, the final parts of season 1 of ‘Invincible’ involved Nolan trying to find a way to convince Invincible to join him because the Viltrumites were known to conquer planets all over the universe.
This led to a heated fight between Omni-Man and Invincible, as Mark proved to be the only one on Earth who could actually put up a good fight against the powerful Viltrumite. However, he still proved to be no match for his father because Omni-Man was simply so much more powerful than Mark. Nolan tried to deal the killing blow to his son, only for Mark to say words that touched the fatherly side of Omni-Man.
To that end, Nolan decided to leave Earth alone, thereby abandoning the mission that he took on for the Viltrumite Empire. He went on to become the leader of the Thraxans over another planet as he eventually realized that he wanted to be a real father instead of a conqueror. Nolan even tried to contact Mark. They eventually reconciled and joined the Coalition of Planets to resist Thragg and the Viltrumites from conquering Earth and the other planets.
For the first time in his life, Omni-Man decided to be a hero by protecting Earth from the incoming Viltrumite invasion. He was able to find unlikely allies in the form of Allen the Alien and Battle Beast, among others, as Omni-Man and his allies were able to defeat the Viltrumite invasion, all while agreeing with Thragg to end the war while allowing the Viltrumites to continue their species by mating with humans.
In that regard, Omni-Man was able to redeem himself for his initial actions against Earth. Of course, his acts were still unforgivable because he killed the Guardians of the Globe and destroyed the lives of a lot of people in his battle with Invincible. But he still eventually turned good due to his love for his son.
Nolan Grayson dies in the final battle
At one point in time, Omni-Man became the new Emperor of the Viltrumites after it was discovered that his bloodline was directly connected to the former leader of the Viltrumite Empire. But while that may have been true, what they didn’t know was that Thragg was rebuilding his forces by producing Viltrumite hybrid children so that he could take over more planets and eventually kill Omni-Man and Invincible.
Of course, Omni-Man, Invincible, and their other allies squared off against Thragg and his army. Thragg’s children were all defeated and killed steadily. But Thragg squared off with Nolan as the two fought hard in what was a duel between two of the strongest Viltrumites. While Omni-Man was strong, Thragg was so much stronger than him.
Nolan tried his best to defeat the former Viltrumite leader, only for Thragg to find ways to conquer Omni-Man’s moves. Even though Nolan was able to keep Thragg from reaching his heart, the powerful Viltrumite took a swipe at Omni-Man’s body using a powerful move that tore his heart off from his body, thereby leaving him dead.
In that regard, it was clear that Omni-Man’s wounds were far too great for him to recover from, as he ended up dying shortly after Thragg dealt the killing blow. Meanwhile, Mark is able to avenge his father’s death by killing Thragg, thereby neutralizing the greatest threat to Earth. But his father ended up dying as a result of the battle with Thragg.
So, while Nolan did indeed redeem himself by defending Earth from Thragg and the other Viltrumites, he still ended up dying at the end of the ‘Invincible’ comics. His story went full circle as the ultimate redemption for him was giving up his life to keep Mark and the rest of the people of Earth safe from the tyrannical hands of Thragg. And his death also allowed Mark to carry on his legacy by working as a true superhero to the people of Earth for decades.
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