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!