“Mark Waid Is Evil.”
That line was used to launch his latest comic series from Boom! Studios, Irredeemable. It seemed like an odd thing to say. He’s stopped by our booth once at MegaCon and I’ve met him a handful of times and he’s always seemed like such a nice man. Evil, him, come on!
Mark Waid has written some dark stories before (see Empire and Kingdom Come) so I went into this new series thinking I had a grasp on what to expect from him. That was before I read the first issue.
“I’m a super-hero.”
That first issue was well, a bit unsettling. An all powerful super hero, The Plutonian, becomes a crazed vengeful super villain. It was definitely making a statement about how far this former protector had gone off the charts crazy. It was well done and I was recommending the book to friends and customers alike and definitely looking forward to the next issue to see where this was headed. Still, some of those things are just not right.
“I don’t even know you.”
The second issue comes in and I bet Clark Kent is glad he never had that day. So, now we get into some of the background on what caused The Plutonian to snap and the story is fleshed out a bit more. These characters are very human and they don’t always make the best choices. The last page of the issue was particularly interesting if you’ve been paying attention. Wait, these are the good guys?
“Please save me.”
OK, Mr. Waid, that was particularly creepy especially as rendered by series artist, Peter Krause, formerly of Power of Shazam. What would Billy Batson think? Issue #3 is another strong issue and shows what some of the super villains of this world are making of this new world order.
Issue #4 brings this (which is possibly my favorite line in the whole series thus far) and now we are shown that there is no turning back. The Plutonian is indeed long beyond redemption and this world is in deep trouble. It’s a fascinating ride and while Mark Waid may not be evil himself, he’s got a good handle on the concept and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The trade paperback collecting these 4 issues is now available for the bargain price of $9.99 and if you couldn’t tell, gets a high recommendation from me. If you’ve read the series before, then you likely recognize the quotes above. If you haven’t, they’ll make sense once you do.
Irredeemable #5: This issue is also a steal at only 99 cents!
NEW ARC! AND ONLY 99 CENTS! This is your chance to hop onboard the superhero event of 2009 that dares to ask: What if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain? Buy issue #5 for 99 cents and experience what everyone has been talking about. A “twilight of the superheroes”-style story that examines super-villains from Mark Waid writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!
The Plutonian’s rampage continues as the Paradigm’s dwindling members regroup and prepare to go on the offensive. Even with new information about the Plutonian’s past, will it be enough to tip the scales against a mad god? Covers by Gene Ha and Dan Panosian.
Come to D and B Comics and check out Irredeemable!