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Irredeemable Vol 2 Paperback – March 23, 2010
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However, I offer one significant criticism of Volume 2. Commendably, BOOM! priced Volume 1 at a mere ten bucks. Volume 2's thickness makes its $16.99 cover price seem reasonable... at first. I finished reading Issue 8 and then was surprised to see the variant covers for the four issues so early in the book. Then I was dismayed to find that the page count is padded by a fourteen page preview of another Mark Waid series! BOOM!'s list price of $16.99 for a measly four issues borders on the outrageous (more expensive than even the $3.99 individual comic books!), and without Amazon's discount I would have felt ripped off.
Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
We get the story behind why the Plutonian broke bad - it's not perfect, but it's believable and handled fairly well. The unraveling of the hero and the struggles with the rest of the heroic community and the world are all deftly portrayed. The story the greatest hero turning evil is an interesting concept, though not entirely original (see Lucifer, Darth Vader, Michael from the Wire, Ultimate Reed Richards....also, Waid might want to sue the makers of DC's Injustice).
This is clearly Waid's best work since Kingdom Come. He is a much better writer when he is freed from the constraints of continuity and the Big 2's universes.
Krause's art is consistently decent.
I love Irredeemable's story concept - Superman-type snaps after the pressure of years of being responsible for everyone becomes too much for him, and goes on an insane killing rampage taking out all of his frustration on the people of Earth. It's brilliant because it's a Superman-like story except where everything worked out for Big Blue, everything goes wrong for the Plutonian. Where Superman was raised by the kind and loving Jonathan and Martha Kent, Plutonian went through a string of foster parents, all terrified of this super-boy who manages to destroy their lives without meaning to and unable to give him the unconditional love he craves. It's really sad and another brilliant touch to this doomed character.
The second book is as brilliant as the first with Mark Waid exploring how a god-like being goes from being the saviour of a planet to its destroyer. The episode where alien tech is given to a human scientist by the Plutonian and then going horribly wrong is particularly chilling. It works as a piece of horror as well as perfectly illustrating the flipside of the kind of incident that happens regularly in superhero comics like Fantastic Four and Superman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! So much easier than wading through several comics.Published 6 months ago by airborne7395
Mark Waid dives into more backstory of the Plutonian and its great. What seemed hopeless at first is now possible as his foray into madness is not without weakness. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Penrose
The story is incredibly compelling, with twists and turns and overlapping plot. Nothing is ever predictable. I am definitely buying Volume 3!Published on February 22, 2013 by Jae Blåtthaugen
Great series. Deserving of all the acclaim it has gotten. I can't stop reading. I like the way of how it retells Superman in a way that is fresh.Published on December 10, 2012 by T. McDonald
My new favorite comic, great story and drawings! A must for those who like twisted super hero stories. I have to slow myself down from reading this!Published on October 7, 2012 by Ashley