Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Recommended Reading: Irredeemable


I've been meaning to recommend IRREDEEMABLE by Mark Waid and Peter Krause for some time now. Waid is one of my favorite writers, and his exploration of superhuman powers in the hands of someone decidedly lacking Superman's impeccable moral compass has made it to the top of my read pile each month. Peter Krause is a solid artist in the classic mold, his style slightly reminiscent of Curt Swan, and thus the perfect choice for a series with a cracked mirror approach to silver age morality and characterization. I've heard online grumbling to the effect that this is just another dark Superman story, but if so it's the richest, most absorbing "dark Superman" tale in ages. After years of serving as the world's greatest superhero, the Plutonian has gone rogue. Years of nursed grudges, petty human betrayals, and thousands of overheard insults have soured him and turned him on mankind. The first issue found him tracking his former team mates from the Paradigm as they had to hurriedly adjust to the shift (heh) in their circumstances.

The Plutonian seeks out the worst in an adoring crowd, in this scene from Irredeemable #1




Now that he's gone mad, his former teammates and friends are finding out just how little they really knew about him, as well as how vicious and dangerous he can be. The Plutonian is up to something big, and a scattered band of heroes search for a way to stop him, as a terrified mankind waits to see what doom their former savior holds for them. It's quite good, and you should check it out, so it sells well and I can keep reading it.

The Plutonian stages the perfect romance. From Irredeemable #2.


I'm enough of a Waid fan that I bought the monthlies as they came out, and I'm fine with that, since I don't wanna wait. If you want to catch up, the bargain-priced Irredeemable Volume 1 Trade Paperback comes out today for just 11 bucks! For more modest budgets, I'll also recommend the 99-cent Irredeemable #5,and raise you an online preview. Tell 'em Again With the Comics sent ya!


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I understand this correctly he goes off the rails because one in a thousand people doesn't like him?

I guess his secreet weakness is his thin skin.

willc2 said...

Have you MET a comedian, or singer or any number of insecure artists?

Booksteve said...

Thanks for suggesting this! I try to keep up with Waid's comics as a writer but somehow missed this. Had to go out and get 1-4 today after reading your review this morning. Is it just me or does UN Ambassador John Bolton in issue 4 look a lot like the late comic book writer Archie Goodwin!?

Brian Hughes said...

He kinda does, now you mention it! Glad you liked, it, Steven.

Stephen said...

gonna grab this in trades i think

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Arifoglu said...

Mark Waid's Works are always cool, man.

Anonymous said...

Looking at Amazon, it looks like Irredeemable #5 is out, but that Volume 1 comes out on October 6th.

David W. Griffin said...

It's not just that 1 in 1000 don't like him. My opinion is that a childhood of many foster parents none of whom loved him and all of which were terrified of him, a lack of an internal sense of right and wrong masked by a desire to be loved, and bad luck with love interests gave us a sociopath held in check by his need to be accepted. When he made a mistake that made that questionable, his entire behavior model collapsed. Think Superboy Prime, but in a world where no-one was in his league as far as power.