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"Waid has managed to add disturbing new depths to his titular villain's pathos with each issue..." -- IGN.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Irredeemable (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios; First Edition edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608860000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608860005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has written a wider variety of well-known comics characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time. (Secretly, however, he prefers SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT and his IRREDEEMABLE collections as his favorite works he's produced.)

With over twenty years of experience in his field, Waid maintains a blog at www.markwaid.com that is full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter on April 20, 2010
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This second trade paperback collects issues #5-8 of the acclaimed Boom! Studios superhero-gone-rogue comic book series "Irredeemable" from writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause. The narrative alternates between The Plutonian's superhero past with his allies The Paradigm and his terrifyingly nihilistic supervillian present-day persona. Krause's artwork remains strong, and the development of the cast of new superheroes and partial revelations of The Plutonian's motivations made the story more enjoyable than that of Volume 1.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on March 28, 2010
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I am hooked on this series that centres around the mightiest superhero who suddenly turns to the dark side and becomes the most evil super villain. We start out by meeting the last living member of The Plutonium's former superhero group, The Volt and a flashback to his joining of the group. This book heavily focuses on the group members as they regroup, try to locate The Plutonium and figure a way to bring him down. The dynamics between them and the individual personalities all take shape. There is also tension in a personal situation. The group does track down Plutonium's lair but one member goes off on his own to confront Plutonium and through flashbacks we find out the truth of events that lead up to his turning evil. The volume ends with a bit of a shock that leaves us hanging on for the next volume. I am really enjoying these characters. While not everyone yet has been a major focus, the ones who have been are showing to be many layered with multiple aspects to their characters with backstories and personal lives beyond just being super heroes. I am anxiously awaiting Vol. 3 which will be out later this year.

An added bonus in this volume at the end of the book, after the usual Art Gallery of cover art, is a 14-page preview of Mark Waid's Potter's Field which I must say has me very interested
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Bartunek on May 13, 2010
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First of all, Mark Waid nad Peter Krause are a great team for generating quality comics and story telling.

The Irredeemable story is a great example of the culmination of their respective talents.

The story of "The Plutonian's" spiral into becoming the world's most dangerous super-villain/mass murderer is highly entertaining.

Second, I really don't appreciate that the publisher/talent have taken the opportunity to charge a premium for a trade paperback which is fully 1/3 ads and a sample story of another series with awful artwork.

I felt cheated and annoyed after finishing one part of the story only to be greeted with "Sample Covers" and "Other BOOM! Series" pages. Then there was a lame excerpt from a series about "John Doe", which was a neat idea put the art work is bad and the main character, John Doe, man of mystery, was just plain dull.

I recommend waiting for the larger collected TPB when it comes out, don't buy Irredeemable Volume 2, unless it's on sale. I paid [...] bucks for [...] worth of story.
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As Plutonian continues his nightmarish campaign of terror against those he was sworn to protect like a vengeful Old Testament God made real, his former teammates in Paradigm scramble to find Plutonian's arch enemy Modeus in an effort to counteract his reign of terror. But to do so is to enter Plutonian's Citadel, a dark and lonely place forged of blackest hate...

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.
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