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Irredeemable, Vol. 3 Paperback – July 6, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I've been along for the ride so far, and the story itself is very good. Waid does a great job building a comic book world that is both familiar and unique through flash backs and dialogue that never beats you over the head with exposition. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions the characters have been pretty one dimensional.
The Plutonian (Superman) is especially guilty of this, though in this volume we see more of his history. Too bad it doesn't really provide anything new, except further demonstrating that he has often received the short end of the stick. You see, all the Plutonian really wants is to be loved (yes, that simple), and while the public respects him, they fear what he is capable of. People also get angry when he fails to protect them, or whine when he doesn't do things the way they want them done. It's a lot of pressure on one man, and it's really no wonder he cracked. Still, he doesn't seem evil, just insane. Most of his actions are reactionary, rather than premeditated.
Bette Noir gets most of the (much needed) development, as we finally get the details on her affair with the Plutonian. We also learn more of her secrets, which rachet up the intensity of the story. Her husband, Gilgamos, is also fleshed out a little, but is still fairly shallow. Luckily, it seems that he will be getting some attention in future volumes.
My favorite part of this volume is the addition of a new villain, Orian, who bears a passing resemblance to Superman alumn Doomsday. Orian is a hunter demon summoned by the military to take out The Plutonian.Read more ›
But this book suffers from the same problems earlier volumes did. There's a lot of set-up but not much meat. The Plutonian remains a one-dimensional villain despite the glimpses at his past. He has no goals, no motivation and kills indiscriminately . Many characters, including the Plutonian are terribly derivative.
I'll stick with it, it's a fun story and a guilty pleasure but I hope writer Mark Waid has a plan in mind for this story and won't just drag it out as long as he can.
Flashes back into Plutonian's past give us small glimpses into who the former hero was and some insight into his childhood, but Tony still remains an aloof character who appears to have had nothing but selfish motives his entire adult life. He then comes out of his respite to exact revenge and torture upon some people from his childhood. This volume concentrates mostly on Bette and her character's development. We are shown her past history and secrets all while Plutonian was still their leader and the guilt she carries now within her. The army has lost hope in the Paradigm's ability to deal with Plutonian, so they have brought forth their own villain. This new addition to the cast is a pretty cool character, Orion, a demon hunter who is brutal and no match for any of the Paradigm. It will be interesting to see him go up against the Plutonian. The next volume is due out in November ('10).
As usual the volume ends with a Cover Gallery and then a 15 page preview of Waid's "The Unknown" which I must get round to reading one of these days.
I need to keep reading....
I was so impressed with the first volume of this series that I immediately bought the next four books, so convinced was I of its greatness and, having read the first three books now, I can confirm they are so very great. Mark Waid continues his fascinating character study of the Plutonian, giving the reader more insight and the character more depth as he relates the tragedies that dogged Tony (aka the Plutonian) throughout his life. Unwanted by terrified parents, Tony is passed from family to family, leaving in his wake unintentionally damaged people through his super strength. In one particularly heartbreaking scene Tony deals with an abusive foster father, revealing his super strength to his foster mother, while holding her hostage so she wouldn't send him back to the orphanage, despite her fearful reaction to such awesome power. The close up of her frozen smile and the dialogue "I'd make her love me again" were so chilling.
The famous essay on Superman and the possibility of him making love with a human woman is addressed by Waid who finds a temporary way around the conundrum for his Superman-facsimile, while adding to Plutonian's overall portrait: Bette Noir looks "deep in his eyes" and the reader sees wordless panels that close in on Tony's face, revealing a terrible emptiness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! So much easier than wading through several comics.Published 2 months ago by airborne7395
Mark Waid's epic series involving the Earth's mightiest hero losing his mind continues. Here we see more back story into his motivations and potential weaknesses. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Penrose
Love the story line, this superman turns evil book is different which as a long time comic reader is great. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by RICO
Unbelievably good read! Can't wait for the next installment to come available. Love the anti-hero idea. Mark Waid is a genius.Published on January 12, 2013 by New Fan
Once I started reading this series, I just could not put it down. And each new graphic novel (or single comics) adds more to the mythos of these characters. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by R. A. McDowell
I can't get enough of this series! I love it! I wish that I had gotten into the series a little later so that I didn't have to stop reading!Published on September 19, 2011 by Graham Hinlicky
Irredeemable continues to explore the background of The Plutonian leading up to his inevitable turn. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by David Swan
vol.1 and 2 have been great...this vol.3 is good, but not as good as the first two. still worth reading....vol.4 is waiting to be read...love this seriesPublished on September 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer