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on 18 November 2012
As Plutonian continues his nightmarish campaign of terror against those he was sworn to protect like a vengeful Old Testament God made real, his former teammates in Paradigm scramble to find Plutonian's arch enemy Modeus in an effort to counteract his reign of terror. But to do so is to enter Plutonian's Citadel, a dark and lonely place forged of blackest hate...
I love Irredeemable's story concept - Superman-type snaps after the pressure of years of being responsible for everyone becomes too much for him, and goes on an insane killing rampage taking out all of his frustration on the people of Earth. It's brilliant because it's a Superman-like story except where everything worked out for Big Blue, everything goes wrong for the Plutonian. Where Superman was raised by the kind and loving Jonathan and Martha Kent, Plutonian went through a string of foster parents, all terrified of this super-boy who manages to destroy their lives without meaning to and unable to give him the unconditional love he craves. It's really sad and another brilliant touch to this doomed character.
The second book is as brilliant as the first with Mark Waid exploring how a god-like being goes from being the saviour of a planet to its destroyer. The episode where alien tech is given to a human scientist by the Plutonian and then going horribly wrong is particularly chilling. It works as a piece of horror as well as perfectly illustrating the flipside of the kind of incident that happens regularly in superhero comics like Fantastic Four and Superman.
Waid opens the story up by giving another character powers to combat Plutonian but still manages to create tension and excitement as he sends the less powerful superheroes to Plutonian's hideout, giving them a glimpse into how far gone his mind has broken. That sequence was just amazing. Waid's super-dark approach to superhero comics works so well, I can't recommend this series enough. "Irredeemable" is sheer genius, both the first one and this second book - do yourself a favour and pick it up today!