Volume 10

Book - 2012
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Thanks to one last desperate attempt to defeat the Plutonian, the world has begun to choke on radiation. The Paradigm members are scattered or dead, offering only weak resistance. But when Qubit offers the Plutonian redemption in exchange for saving the world, the enduring question will finally have its answer: can a man be so evil as to truly be irredeemable?
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Boom! Studios, 2012
ISBN: 9781608862757
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Waid
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Barreto, Diego


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Jun 20, 2016

Irredeemable (Volumes 9 and 10) (2011)


I made it to the end: The wrap-around that begins again with the hope of redemption provided by the quantum multiversity we all have access to immaterially but have difficulty transforming its lessons into our material reality.

Waid went as morally right as his preceding Kingdom Come. I know I am adjudicating predicated on the works I've read by him, but the larger connect-the-dots picture (soon to exist as portmanteau - wikiwipe) points to Irredeemable and Kingdom Come as his current, big works.

I felt the planned way-far-in-advance shoe-horning of Incorruptible into the Irredeemable storyline predictable and more of a comic book trope re-used than revitalized. I liked that Bette became Modeus, allowing Modeus to succeed completely in his quest for one-way love for however long it stood before Qubit pasted on the final punch.

It was worthwhile to read this as comparison to Promethea, Supreme, Miracleman, Gideon Stargrave, or Flex Mentallo (read: Moore and Morrison, even the not-referred-to Ellis).

Looking back, I'm now certain I chose to pick this up because I read Adam McKay will adapt this series as a film. McKay's ability to choose superficially transgressive properties that riles the viewers with impotent rage may very well work righteously for this adaptation.

JCLChrisK May 22, 2013

I suppose it's not really fair of me to be disappointed in an ending that was made clear by the title from the very start, yet I nevertheless felt let down by this series conclusion. The concept and early execution hooked me right away: What if a perfect, god-like superhero is just as flawed as the rest of us? How can anyone deal with the scope of the mess and destruction that results when he makes mistakes, loses his temper, and lashes out vengefully? I imagined this would be the story of how he, despite his great power, is no better or worse than anyone else--and just as redeemable as the rest of us. That's not where this story ultimately went.
And it wasn't just the Plutonian's end that disappointed me. Waid created not just a fascinating scenario, but many interesting side characters and plots--enough that I even paused my reading of this series after volume 9 to go read all 7 volumes of Max Damage's story in Incorruptible (which took me a while to warm up to then won me over with an excellent resolution). Max and the other characters are in this volume, but only peripherally and inconsequentially so, basically cast aside and unresolved.
Three stars because I enjoyed this series so much in the early books, but I was expecting so much more from this final volume.


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