Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Irredeemable #20

Perhaps the greatest strength of Irredeemable is that you never know what's going to happen next.

Up until last issue, the world lived in fear of its former protector, the Plutonian. Since the first issue of this series, that incredibly powerful character was an object of terror to humanity - destroying cities and individuals on a whim.

Even the planet's other super-heroes couldn't stand against him - and several lost their lives in the effort.

Just when all hope of stopping him seems lost, a new element enters the story, as an alien race appears and attacks the Plutonian.

The aliens had fought against the heroes of the world years before, and were turned away by a dark secret. Now, their technology seems to offer the first real chance of defeating the Plutonian.

Of course, there's a lot more to writer Mark Waid's story, and it takes some unexpected twists along the way.

The art this time around is split between Peter Krause and Diego Barreto, and their styles are close enough that the difference between them isn't too jarring. As always, the art is strong and effective - although there are a few odd sequences in there (but there's a reason for it).

Common (comic book) wisdom holds that you can't have a successful comic that stars a villain - but Waid gets around that by making this comic as much about the supporting cast as the former hero whose actions are "Irredeemable."

Almost two years in and it's still a compelling read - and I still have no idea what's going to happen next. Isn't it great?

Grade: A-


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