Irredeemable 6 (September 2009)

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Here’s the strangest issue of all, only because Waid does something he hasn’t done so far. He suggests the Plutonian can be surprised. Even if the heroes do sneak past him and he doesn’t catch on, it isn’t the same thing. Here he really and truly is taken aback.

Krause’s characterizing on the Plutonian, which I think I noticed before but really here, is interesting–he isn’t supposed to be a good looking guy. In fact, he’s really bland. Some of the other guys are supposed to be handsome, but apparently the Plutonian got by on his superpowers alone.

Again, there’s more here, including a look into the Plutonian’s past. I get the feeling once this one is complete, it’s going to make a lot more sense, Waid’s choice in revelations and narrative developments. I wonder if he always planned on doing Irredeemable indie or if Boom! changed his mind.

CREDITS

Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Peter Krause; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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Irredeemable 5 (August 2009)

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This issue went for a buck so I assume it’s suppose to be a jumping on point, but it’s kind of not. At all. There are a ton of characters introduced here–maybe we’ve seen some of them before, but this issue is the first time when, well, anyone is even mildly important in this comic book except the Plutonian.

There are a couple particularly striking moments in the comic. First is the opening, when the Plutonian goes on TV and threatens people for saying negative things about him (in their private lives). Moments like this one really show what a good job Waid is doing with the series. It shouldn’t work, it should be silly. Instead, it’s terrifying.

The second moment is the reveal of the Plutonian’s sanctuary. Not sure if it’s Waid or Krause’s idea, but it looks like an old serial hero’s hideout. It’s a lovely touch.

CREDITS

Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Peter Krause; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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