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Irredeemable

Volume 1
Waid, Mark (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Irredeemable dares to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain?
Authors: Waid, Mark
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Waid, Peter Krause ; [afterword by Grant Morrison]
Title: Irredeemable
Volume 1
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Boom! Studios, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Summary: Irredeemable dares to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain?
Audience: Suggested age group 15+
Subject Headings: Villains Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Superhero comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Topical Term: Villains
Additional Contributors: Krause, Peter
ISBN: 1934506907
9781934506905
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC W
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Dec 24, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We place a lot of trust in the powerful, hoping they'll be responsible with their power and reward that trust. Superhero comics allow us to explore those dynamics at even greater levels--the ultimately powerful require our ultimate trust. So what would happen if one day, out of the blue, Superman were to snap and become a vengeful god of wrath, betraying our trust and his ideals, killing millions in the process? How would we deal with that betrayal? And how would we appease someone who was only interested in returning the hurt that he had felt--no quest for power or domination, simply a desire to harm? ----- In his introduction to this volume, author Mark Waid writes: "In superhero comics, pretty much everyone who's called upon to put on a cape is, at heart, emotionally equipped for that job. "I reject that premise. . . . "IRREDEEMABLE is the story of a man who was the greatest and most beloved superhero of all time... " ...and how he became the world's greatest supervillian. . . . "[This is the story of] a team of heroes on the run from the world's most powerful and angry being, racing desperately through time and space to learn the Plutonian's secrets just as he knows all of theirs. How did he come to this? What became of the hope and promise once inside him? What happens to the world when its savior betrays it? "What makes a hero IRREEDEMABLE?" ----- Those are amazingly good questions to serve as fodder for a story, and Waid has started an excellent exploration. We don't know the heroes in this world he has created, nor the people behind their masks, only the questions. The Plutonian is on a killing spree, and everyone is in hiding. But who is the Plutonian and who are his former teammates who hope to survive long enough to stop him? The suspenseful pacing and action-filled plot slowly start to provide answers, but only enough to keep us running alongside the heroes in their desperate quest. This is a great start to a series, and I can't wait to read the rest to see what develops.

Nov 08, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a fun comic. The main character is this paragon-type superhero gone rogue. He is doing some seriously evil stuff (not PG stuff. This guy is killing women and children with heat vision) and a sort of justice league is trying to find a way to stop him. Promising beginning. Great storyline and some decent dialogue. Will be reading more to find out where they go with this.

Mar 13, 2011
  • ejwise72 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Although the premise of this series is an original enough – pushing the concept that not only does power corrupt, but that absolute power corrupts absolutely – my interest started to wane for the very first time with this latest volume. At first I thought it was because of the split narrative structure. But since it worked so brilliantly in the first several volumes, I then realized that it wasn’t that.

What it clear is that Waid has a long-term endgame in mind. But it is taking too long, with seemingly unnecessary subplots that are detracting from the over-arching premise. If Waid – who penned such masterpieces as Marvels and Kingdom Come for the big two (Marvel and DC, respectively) – does have a winning hand here, he needs to play his cards a little more quickly. Or more consistently.

Sep 16, 2010
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

what if superman went nuts and started wiping out the justice league?

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