This is getting ridiculous - I've read four books in this series now and for the life of me can't find a single thing wrong with it. Most series tend to sag somewhere around Book 4 but this book is brilliant like the previous 3. I cannot fault it, Mark Waid is just doing all the right things in this series.
This book turns the focus on the team-mates of Paradigm, the book opening with brief stories about 3 of them and their backgrounds drawn by different artists. Then the main story resumes with a flashback to the day Plutonian lost it and turned on humanity before returning to present day as Paradigm deal with being imprisoned by the US Military and head for a showdown with Plutonian, their secret weapon in tow.
Oh, here's a critique: Peter Krause's wonderful artwork is absent from this book with Diego Barreto taking up art duties in his stead. Barreto does a fine job but Krause's style is perfectly suited to this series and I'll be glad to see him return in Book 5 (already ordered along with Book 6 - why stop now?).
"Irredeemable" is shaping up to be one of the finest superhero stories I've ever read. Every aspect of it is bulletproof, the writing is superb, the ideas are fresh, the art is brilliant - everything about this series makes it worth reading. It's a morality play and a character study within the superhero genre - and it's just fun to read too! I am in awe of this work and can't wait until Books 5 and 6 are delivered to me.
on 7 May 2011
This is a slight comedown from the previous three books in the series, in terms of quality and pace, though a lot of things happen in this book and I'm still left curious enough to keep reading.
In this book whats left of the Paradigm and Orian take on the Plutonian, not everyone walks away to fight another day.. I wont say who or how they die but i will say that unfortunately for me they were characters I really liked. My consolation is that their deaths were both surprising and will have important consequences on the series, which is good because I hate pointless and sensationalist deaths like (Marvel often do).
This book lacks the flashbacks of previous titles which for me is negative thing as one of the things I enjoy most about the series is piecing together the past through clues, implicit and explicit, as to what has gone before. BUt if that doesn't matter to you, or in fact annoys you, then you might like this volume more as out of the 4 it definitely progresses the story the most by being set entirely in the present, except for the first chapter.
Whats becoming interesting in this book is the almost constant shift and changing dynamic of the survivors of the pAradigm themselves as they change physically and emotionally. The immense stress and strain of having to live in the world in which they do is starting to take its toll on these very powerful but flawed humans.
Volume four in the series of paperbacks that collects issues of the comic Irredeemable. This is the story of the Plutonian. A superhero with Superman style powers. Who has gone crazy and is wreaking havoc on the world. And of the attempts of his former superhero comrades and the rest of the world to try and stop him.
This is not a good jumping on point and new readers should start with volume one instead.
This volume collects issues thirteen to fifteen of the monthly series. Plus a special issue. Which came in between issues twelve and thirteen. It tells bits of backstory from three of the main characters. Each is done by a different artist, and none by the regular artist of the series. All are interesting and fill in a few gaps but it's not immediately apparent if any have a great bearing on the plot.
The next three issues don't, like previous ones, feature flashbacks to the Plutonian's past. They do have a key one for one of the other superhero characters though. Then they tell of an attempt that they make to bring the Plutonian down. But with major discoveries awaiting to be made and characters having agendas of their own, things may not go as expected. And may have consequences.
Having just three issues of ongoing story rather than four does mean it doesn't feel as if the story progresses quite so much this time. But everything that happens is solidly character driven and pretty gripping stuff. And it will leave you eager to find what happens next.
As with previous volumes this concludes with a gallery of all the covers of the individual issues, and then a preview of another comic from the same writer.
Also as with previous volumes this does drop a mark because there are series which will give you six issues in a volume for several pounds less than this, so it's a shame the volumes cost as much as they do by comparison. But it is still a great story and well worth getting into if you want a superhero tale that's different from the normal ones.