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Fourthman Reviews Incorruptible #5

Written by Lee Newman on Monday, April 26 2010 and posted in Reviews

In case you hadn't heard, fourthpoll resulted in a tie.  For the second advance review, Lee ponders if the reverse side of Irredeemable has merit.

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:


Incorruptible #5
Published by Boom Studios
Writer(s): Mark Waid
Artist(s): Horacio Domingues

The origin of Jailbait unfolds, and her story's not at all what you think it is! Is she really a dim little slip of a girl — or does she have some sort of power over Max Daring heretofore unrevealed? A not to be missed issue of BOOM!’s all-new bestselling superhero ongoing by multiple-Eisner-Award-winning KINGDOM COME and IRREDEEMABLE author Mark Waid.

$3.99



Review:


Well that was interesting. Irredeemable, in my opinion is a disappointingly average book. It is the superhero gone bad. Miracle Man, The Mighty, Watchmen, etc… done for the umpteenth time. Of course, we have had the bad guy redeemed story before as well. Hell, Marvel has a whole title devoted to the concept – Thunderbolts.

What is interesting here is the little bit of meta work that Waid is doing. It is all more subtle than the occurrences and little satire found in Irredeemable. He is playing the tropes so hard that it is stifling to Max. The cops, the bad guys, even the girl he rescues have a hard time believing that he is on the straight and narrow. To a certain extant this is understandable. Even the Plutonian has faced a few that were unwilling to believe that he had stepped over to the dark side. Unfortunately for Max it is near impossible to create good deeds on the level of many of Tony’s bad deeds. His will be a longer and more difficult journey – as the path of the righteous often is.

The dynamic between Annie, the rescued hostage, and the reformed super-villain is unique. He is deathly worried about his sidekick who has stormed off not wanting to be good. (Well, to be fair to her – you have to wonder about the guy who burns a warehouse full of cash.) So Annie is a decoy. This is certainly not the kind of altruistic deed one would expect from the city’s newest protector and Waid plays up the angle – I actually thought she was gonna buy it for a sec – that Max was still cold enough to kill an innocent to protect his own desires.

The art is serviceable not as nice as Krauss on Irredeemable, not as bad as many of the more rushed looking house books that Boom can be known for. The dark coloring seems to make it a better read than it would be. The action is conveyed well and surprisingly – emotion is conveyed well enough to sell me on scenes that this reader should know are not leading to the worst for Max, but continually push his resolve.

Irredeemable
did not impress me enough to pick up a spin off book. Even though I threw this in the poll, I was not looking forward to covering it… that being said thanks for voting for this folks, it was much better than I could have ever expected!










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