The book that coined and proved the phrase “Mark Waid is evil” comes to an end, as Waid and Diego Barreto give their Superman gone wrong an epic farewell.
Premiering in 2009, Irredeemable told the story of the world’s most powerful superhero, the Plutonian, who snaps and goes on a rampage that decimates the world’s major cities. Only his former teammates have a chance to stop him, but his actions against the world prove that none of them truly knew a thing about him.
Waid’s love of the silver age has always shown in his writing style and stories, Irredeemable changed all that. Waid explored how dark and mentally damaged a real person must be to put on a costume night after night and risk their lives for justice. He showed the unfathomable constant weight of the world that rested on the shoulders of the world’s most powerful superhero and how easily it can break even an invulnerable man.
The story strived on the despite decisions of the heroes and elected world leaders as they dealt with the wrath of a mad god; decisions that resulted in countless deaths and destruction, showing the true colors of characters and revealed them to be as dangerous or more so then their common enemy.
Not since Watchmen has a there a psychological super human study that was so, for lack of a better term, realistic and believable.
So how does it all end? The story structure of Irredeemable is so detailed and well crafted; plot points for the very first arch are brought to pay off in the last pages of the series. So for anyone who hasn’t read every issue it would be impossible for me to tell how it ends without recapping the entire 37 series run. I will say Waid deliveries an amazing pay off to the series and actually redeems the title character, transforming him into a world wide inspiration.
Currently collected in eight volumes, Irredeemable is a great read for fans of superhero comics and sci-fi human drama. Mark Waid has always been a great writer, but Irredeemable is where he really stepped his game up to the next level.
Irredeemable #37 hits comic shelves May 23th.