What a terrible comic.
I’m used to Irredeemable running hot and lukewarm and Incorruptible being awful–Waid’s incredibly inconsistent–and this special is anything but.
There are three stories. One’s a prologue, sort of, to the first issue of Irredeemable. It apparently hints at something the regular series will deal with. The second story might serve a similar purpose.
For the third story, Waid just ran out of ideas and did a little Incorruptible story with terrible, terrible, terrible Howard Chaykin artwork. How Chaykin is still an attraction for readers is beyond me… his art is just awful here.
The second story–with the Emma Rios art–is artistically solid. It looks like a Japanese fable or something, which is the point, and the art’s nice. The Paul Azaceta artwork on the first story’s mediocre at best. Azaceta runs hot and cold, colder here than hot.
It’s a real snoozer.
Hornet; artist, Paul Azaceta; colorist, Matthew Wilson. Kaidan; artist, Emma Rios; colorist, Alfred Rockefeller. Max Damage; artist, Howard Chaykin; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse. Writer, Mark Waid; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.
It’s a question of competence. Incorruptible is incompetent.
Finally someone realized Jean Diaz was making the bad book already worse and brought in Horacio Domingues, who’s much less “realistic” and a lot more cartoon-influenced and, well, at least it’s fun. Domingues’s artwork doesn’t fit the script at all and it’s just a great time, at least for the first half, because it’s all bright and giddy–it’s like a Spirit homage almost. Until halfway, I thought Waid and Boom! realized what a turd they were printing and they’d decided to do something good with it.
It’s actually an attempt at a serious comic too–but it’s just so silly. The world’s a different place with the Plutonian on a rampage, but cellphones still work for comic relief and Max Damage still has his awesome suburban house hideout.
I’m actually really bummed they aren’t going the spoof direction.
Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Horacio Domingues; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editors, Shannon Watters and Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.
Someone does look at this book, right? Before it’s printed, I mean. Jean Diaz’s artwork is so not ready for prime time… I say it every issue I imagine. He’s just so static, so bad. And with an all action issue, it’s especially horrendous.
This issue’s a little better because most of it is a (poorly drawn) fight scene and boring, poorly drawn fight scenes are a lot better than the Christian indoctrination Waid usually does with the comic. There’s only the briefest spouting of rhetoric from Max Damage at the beginning of the issue–he’s at his secret base, a suburban house.
There are more Plutonian appearances in this one–in flashback–than usual and it reminds of a better book, so it’s somewhat digestible.
As opposed to Irredeemable, which seemingly will go stale the longer the run, Incorruptible might actually get an average bad after another dozen issues.
Writer, Mark Waid; penciller, Jean Diaz; inker, Belardino Brabo; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.