ADVANCE REVIEW! Irredeemable #25 will come out on May 4, 2011.
The great thing about Irredeemable is that it’s impossible to get comfortable with. Every summer, the Big Two will trot out an event and claim “Things Will Never Be The Same!” Meanwhile, Mark Waid is putting out a monthly comic that makes those sorts of upheavals on an almost monthly basis.
These characters are doing something we almost never see in ongoing series: developing. The things that happen to these characters actually take a toll on them. Survivor’s character arc especially demonstrates this. Remember when he was Charybdis? Hell, remember when he seemed like a halfway decent human being? In light of what he’s endured, we see actual character growth, which is a precious commodity these days.
I noted last week that Waid’s work on Incorruptible lacked substance, but it seems that Waid was just saving his best ideas for the main title. In this issue we get two (possibly three) important revelations that will have major implications on the future of this title, and Waid wastes no time showing them to the reader. The big one, though, is that the Plutonian’s powers get a very interesting (and to me, very satisfying) explanation. Sure, this could have been rendered as one long monologue, but Waid and Krause really work to make it interesting. The meeting between Qubit and Modeus looks like something from a Ditko Doctor Strange comic, and the parallel of the Plutonian in action complements their discussion nicely without feeling intrusive. Those first four pages alone are enough to sell me on this book. Top that off with some more of the Survivor being loony, and you’ve got yourself a very entertaining read here.
This month Krause splits art duties with Diego Barreto, and the transition between the two is almost seamless. I actually had to go back a couple of times and see which pages were drawn by which artist. Neither of these artists are in my top ten, but they’re consistent, putting out work that looks exactly like what you expect a superhero comic to look like. And honestly, sometimes that’s enough for me.
I don’t think this comic is necessarily award-worthy, but it is a fine example of comics done right. We could use more books like this on the shelves, and I recommend you go out and pull a copy of Irredeemable off of one the next time you get a chance.