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Irredeemable, Vol. 3 Paperback – July 6, 2010

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Book 3 of 10 in the Irredeemable Series

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This third volume of Waid’s tale of a Superman gone very, very wrong peels back the layers of the godlike Plutonian’s trauma and psychosis even as the dirty secrets of his former compatriots-cum-archenemies begin to surface. The demon summoned by the nation’s remaining military stirs the action pot, but it’s the human drama—jet black though it is—that is so compelling here. It’s not the ideal jumping-on point, but artists Krause and Barreto tag-team to provide gritty realism that grounds the story even as Waid proves there are still new tricks to be found in the Methuselah of the superhero genre. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Mark Waid, Alabama native and current Los Angeleno, has written stories for every major comics publisher, and his seminal graphic novel, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time.  

Peter Krause is an American comic book artist. He is best known for his work on various DC Comics titles, most notably the Superman-related titles and THE POWER OF SHAZAM! with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. Krause, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, currently works as a freelance illustrator.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608860086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608860081
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irredeemable is one of those concepts that seems so simple, you're surprised no one has thought of it before. What if Superman turned on us? Who would be able to protect us from his God-like power?

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.
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The concept for Irredeemable is pretty simple, the Plutonian (a low-rent Superman clone) has gone crazy and is killing off other heroes, villains, even whole countries. In this volume the surviving heroes discover a possible weakness, what's left of the US government launches a desperate plan, we learn a bit more about the Plutonian's history and see what his arch-enemy is up to. There are chilling scenes of the Plutonian's evil and the heroes' desperation.

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.
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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. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is a LOT of character development that really fleshes out the characters, making them hyper real. We're also given a spectacular confrontation between the Plutonian and his former team mates, the Paradigm. Sincerely, if you're here looking at the third volume, then you're already in love with the series and are eager to learn more from this story. If you're having trouble deciding whether to buy it or not, all I can say is the writing and art are spectacular, and Waid is at the very top of his game. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Thanks for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
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Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

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.
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Plutonian tells Sam some tales from his childhood, and they even visit one of the foster families that rejected him. Waid is pushing the bad childhood angle hard here, and while I don't believe it is an excuse for mass murder, it does help develop the character. He still needs some more seasoning, but it's a quality story that is enjoyable to read.

The US Military digs up on old villain to help fight the menace of the heroes. Another subplot is the affair between a league member and Plutonian is revealed - with drastic consequences.
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