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Irredeemable: Volume 1 Paperback – October 6, 2009
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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 era...it's everything ultimately classic about superheroes rolled up and served in an enticing new skin." -- Multiversity Comics
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Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
And now it is my pleasure to read "Irredemeemable" this the Mark Waid I have been waiting for. The story is a rattlesnake,on the surface, what if a Superman like hero went evil but in the end it will just bite you in the ass. Short Synopsis: as his former teamates race around the world to find anything about the former hero turned greatest mass murder on earth they come to realize with dawining horror how much they relied on him and how much they don't know about him. We then begin to see parts of the puzzle that make him "IRREDEEMABLE" This was an awsome read and a great ride.
There are patent comparison's that Mark Waid's Plutonian is really the Superman story he could never be allowed to tell, and of the remaining good guys, there is definitely a poor man's Hawkman. But that doesn't detract from the stunning story.
The most powerful man in the world suddenly is broken, destroying cities and wantonly murdering the heroes he used to help in their quest to make a better world. The considerably weaker heroes take it upon themselves to save as many as they can, while trying to learn what can bring the Plutonian down, even to the point of seeking out his greatest enemy who several times came close to killing him. Mark Waid wonderfully portrays the hopelessness of these heroes who cannot even come close to competing with the power of the Plutonian, and he expertly holds back spilling every hint as to why the Plutonian snapped. Even casual fans I've had read the book love Mark Waid's sense of hopelessness in the good guys while not over using the incredible power of the Plutonian's madness.
Man, did I get thrown for a loop. Envision the finest person you can think of, then envision the most vile. Now imagine the gulf that would have to be crossed for the former to become the latter.
When other writers deconstruct heroes, they do stories about what are essentially corrupt evangelists; demagogues who present a valiant face to the adoring public, but behind the scenes reveal a decadent, cruel aspect. That sort of nihilistic attitude comes easily in today's comics, where fans happily gush about Garth Ennis' or Mark Millar's latest yarn of cape-bashing.
But to actually present us with a man who uses his vast power to kill millions and terrorize the entire planet, and then show us how a few pages later how a short time ago that same character genuinely exhibited Superman's humility and goodness--how do you pull that off? Mind control? Evil universe doppleganger perhaps? There are no such cheats here. The reader sees how even the best of men can become disillusioned and immoral, and to some degree even empathize with him.