“Irredeemable” is a quality title that has been running for a surprisingly long time. It’s been a long and twisted tale so far, and so this issue gloriously gives you a present: a pretty clear jumping-on point. It doesn’t matter if you’ve read a single issue or not at this stage for two reasons: the basic premise of the Plutonian is summed up in the opening pages and the rest of the issue is so concerned with moving forward it does not matter who did what beforehand.
In a world where the Plutonian was the strongest before going bad, it is nice to see some creatures holding him hostage for a change. Two celestial beings have been let loose in the hopes they will take care of the Plutonian situation ravaging Earth. These two creatures set straight into Plutonian like scolding parents. While they want to punish him, they also want to show him the errors of his ways. These methods give us an opportunity to learn about Plutonian and his origin, but it also gives the narrative an opening for a twist to occur. The exposition leaks through a plot point that is fundamentally necessary.
The chance existence of the Plutonian is sad on contact and only gets stranger and more gut wrenching the more you know. Mark Waid delivers a concept wacky and nasty and yet still completely original. This isn’t borrowed or cliche. You will almost feel bad for this villainous lead. Almost. Right up until you really don’t, because you see he enjoys the fruits of his existence too much.
Diego Baretto has only gotten better during his tenure on this title. The subtleties of facial expression he brings to the page reminds of Russ Braun’s equally impressive work on “The Boys.” This book has a clean style which works to convey the super-imagery of many of the concepts and also brings a depth of character to other scenes. This could easily have become another gritty comic, yet the smooth teamwork of Baretto and Nolan Woodard make this comic feel like a childhood treasure every time.
There’s a new concept cooking in “Irredeemable” and it’s going to be another killer. If you aren’t already a reader, you can buy this single issue and not only will you be piqued to find out what’s happening next, but you’ll track down the previous trades because you’ll want more of the same quality. “Irredeemable” is so often the runner up to the glory and yet it stays strong and those who love it appreciate it every time. Do yourself a favor, pick up “Irredeemable” and see what the other spandex books are too afraid to do.