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Product Details

  • Series: Irredeemable (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934506907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934506905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a must read..." -- The Express-Times

"Irredeemable most definitely stands out as something new. I highly recommend picking it up." -- Ain't It Cool News

"...Waid, whose past work has always been able to find the emotional core in heroes that both attracts us to them and sometimes makes us uncomfortable, has been doing some of his best work in Irredeemable." -- Comics Alliance

"It's a fantastic ride that shouldn't be missed out on. Looking for heroes who stand tall and act mighty beyond the mortal reach? You'll find them here, but boy are they flawed." -- Comic Addiction

"Not just another dismantling of the mythology, Irredeemable is a masterful tale of the fall of a great hero..." -- Project Fanboy

"Make sure you pick this up. Irredeemable is unrelenting in its flow, its shocks, its power and its pure brilliance." -- 32 Pages

"Mark Waid's Irredeemable continues to be one of the most explosive maxi-series of the modern's everything ultimately classic about superheroes rolled up and served in an enticing new skin." -- Multiversity Comics

Customer Reviews

This is just an excellent concept that is executed very well.
J. Davis
I read about Irredeemable recently in a comic review, and when buying comics that week, took advantage of a sale to buy trade paperback books 1 and 2.
Theodore J. Duffy
The best people fight back, of course, but it's hard to see it's going to do them any good.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Plutonian, the world's most powerful being, has always been a force for good. An inspiration to all, and a superhero so above and beyond good that he leads the way for the world. Until now. Those days are over. He's turned as viciously evil as they come, going on a mad killing spree (he knows he needs to eliminate the world's other heroes first).

Irredeemable begins in medias res with the Plutonian having already begun his killing spree. It begins with particular viciousness, a bloodiness that is so savage and impactful that you won't soon forget it. That in turn sets the tone for the entire book. What do you do when the greatest force on earth, an unstoppable powerhouse, turns against you? The best people fight back, of course, but it's hard to see it's going to do them any good.

The basis of superhero comics, Waid says, is that "pretty much everyone who's called upon to put on a cape is, at heart, emotionally equipped for the job. I reject that premise." Irredeemable does indeed. He then draws a parallel, in the introduction to this first volume, to Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and it's apt too. The Plutonian is someone who's seen too much, been called upon too many times, to still be a pure force for good. The artwork by Peter Krause is phenomenal, as well, and perfectly suited to this dark take on traditional superhero fare.

Irredeemable is an ongoing series available in comic-book form, and this first volume collects issues #1-4. Waid has been down similar roads before (most notably in the wonderful Kingdom Come), but it would be wrong to make too many comparisons to that previous work. This stands alone. Irredeemable is more frightening, it seems, even more disturbing, but absolutely no less gripping. Where Waid takes the series from here is anyone's guess--he plans to keep it going quite a while--but it will be fun to be along for the ride.

-- John Hogan
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
We all knew that this was going to be good. Mark Waid is one of the most distinguished comic writers around, involved not only in great comic "events" like 52, but one of the great comics events of all time, KINGDOM COME. Mark Waid was part of what made KINGDOM COME so extraordinary, though at least as important was the utterly astonishing art work by Alex Ross. Peter Krause is doing a fine job, but Alex Ross is irreplaceable. Still, IRREDEEMABLE has all the marks of a classic. This is furthermore a story that could never be done with Superman. We'd never believe that he had gone so far over the edge that he would be irredeemable. No one would believe that he would be so far over the edge that he couldn't come back. By inventing a completely new nearly all-powerful superhero makes this story possible.

Essentially, the story is of a Superman-like superhero, the Plutonian, who has gone bad. More precisely, the comic delves into the question of what caused the world's most beloved super hero to turn evil. And by evil, we mean killing many other super heroes and destroying major cities. Killing millions. For fans of ANGEL, it is like Angel becoming Angelus, but with the powers of a Kryptonian. Like Angelus, the Plutonian has not merely become evil, but sadistic. He takes a perverse pleasure in committing atrocities and thrills at the grief he causes others.

The Plutonian was previously part of a group of superheroes, not unlike the JLA. The difference is that the Plutonian has no fellow superhero who is in any way in his class. Superman has Green Lantern and J'onn J'onzz and Wonder Woman, who could definitely give him a battle. In the world of the Plutonian the only person who can challenge him is a genius super villain who is missing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2009
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- The Plutonian: "You do astonishing things for them a hundred times a day. You bring wonder to the lives of ordinary people. And in the end, you realize it's like doing magic tricks for a dog."

(Man, the Plutonian is one harsh mother.) Before comic book writer Mark Waid became INCORRUPTIBLE, dude was EVIL. Or so the promos from BOOM! Studios would have you believe. IRREDEEMABLE is threatening to become Mark Waid's greatest opus. If anything can dethrone KINGDOM COME, this looks to be it. Ah, but can Mark Waid keep it up in an ongoing monthly format? Fingers are crossed.

IRREDEEMABLE is what happens when the first and most powerful superhero on the planet goes bad, is what happens when godlike powers are bestowed on someone who, as it turns out, isn't prepared, emotionally or psychologically, to cope with all the baggage that goes with it. Only four issues collected in this first volume, but Mark Waid - and I guess I'll call him a master storyteller - delivers a hell of a stunning read. Alan Moore hit on this same premise decades ago when he briefly covered Kid Miracleman's alienation and eventual succumbing to corruption. But Waid digs deeper and, in progressive issues, peels away layer after layer and shines a light on those little signpost moments which led up to the Plutonian's turning his back on humanity. We're still waiting for that one seminal event which decisively pushed him over the edge, but it just may be that there isn't one seminal event. It could just be that all those smatterings of perceived slights, the public's constant displays of ingratitude, the pressure of carrying the mantle of the world's preeminent superhero... all those things could've just built and built and then, one day, the world's greatest hero just... snapped.
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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 that is full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both.

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