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Irredeemable Vol 2 Paperback – March 23, 2010
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The big question leading into volume 2 was why would the squeaky clean hero of Earth turn into a vindictive, bloodthirsty monster? It seemed almost inevitable that the answer would be somewhat disappointing but Waid is giving perhaps the best answer possible. It isn't one thing; it is a culmination of events throughout The Plutonian's life leading up to a moment when he could no longer turn back. It reminds me so much of Superboy Prime's villain turn in Infinite Crisis when he inadvertently decapitated one of the heroes. This was the moment of truth for Prime and he ultimately chose the path of darkness. He continued to kill until there was absolutely no turning back. We have all experienced moments of utter frustration where we could only fume in anger but The Plutonian's powers give him the ability to fully vent and in that moment when his mind was clouded with anger he took a step too far and kept on walking hence the title Irredeemable. At that moment he projected all the shame and humiliation of the mistakes he's made onto mankind and the more pain he inflicted the more the hatred built.
My biggest issue with the series is the art by Peter Kraus. His penciling lacks any charm and the inking is as subtle as an elephant in a tea shop with character costumes, including The Plutonian's, that are as dull as dirt. It always disappoints me when the visuals are so inferior to the story and I think of other series' like From Hell and V for Vendetta where I wished a different artist could have been chosen.
*** SPOILER ALERT ***
What bothered my most about this volume was the addition of a character whose power equals or perhaps exceeds The Plutonian's own. This is not a new character but inexplicably was hiding his (or her) level of power. I liked the fact that The Plutonian was SO much more powerful than anyone else magnifying the fear and leaving the heroes always in a defensive position. The big reveal is fairly powerful stuff but I don't like the new dynamic. It makes The Plutonian look weak.
*** END SPOILER ALERT ***
Despite a few issues I have this is some seriously intense writing and I can tell you having already read the next volume it just keeps getting more intense. Waid's reality contrasts amazingly with the classic Superman origin. If a couple adopted a child only to discover his strength and abilities are far removed from anything anywhere on the planet would they care for him lovingly like Ma and Pa Kent or fear for their lives from the child who could kill them with a single temper tantrum and how would the child react to the terror he inadvertently inflict on those from whom he simply desires love? Waid also adds some cleverness that I loved such as the realization that when The Plutonian hears a sound with his super hearing that no matter how fast he can move to react he still needs to take into account the time it takes for the sound to reach his super ears. I find myself riveted by this series. It's still coming up just shy of five stars but I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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
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We get the story behind why the Plutonian broke bad - it's not perfect, but it's believable and handled fairly well.Read more