Irredeemable VS Incorruptible
What do you do when the world’s greatest hero suddenly snaps and starts destroying everything he swore to protect? And the world’s worst villain is forced to see the light and fights for every man, woman, and child with his last dying breath? That’s the questions that award winning writer Mark Waid asked readers back in 2009.
Published by Boom! Comics, Irredeemable is the story of The Plutonian, the protector of Sky City, who has fallen from grace. The reader witnesses the Plutonian hunting down his former brethren from the super group the Paradigm. The Hornet, the Plutonian’s former ally, and his entire family are murdered in a scene most grotesque…..and that’s just the beginning! Frantically the remaining members of the Paradigm: Scylla, Cary, Volt, Qubit, Gil, and Kaiden, seek answers on what could make the greatest hero among them turn evil by communicating with their former teammate and former Plutonian sidekick Samsara. Problems occur when Samsara has trouble remembering things about their past. Here’s where thing get rrrrreeeaaaaaaalllllll freakin’ creepy! The reason why Samsara can’t remember is because he was lobotomized and murdered by none other than the Plutonian! The Paradigm were so desperate for information on stopping the Plutonian that they actually resurrected the dead, briefly, for help!
After striking out with the Samsara debacle the Paradigm’s member Kaidan seeks out Alana Patel, a woman who was known to be the Plutonian’s girlfriend at one time. Alana shares the story about how she met the Plutonian. She explained how caring and romantic he was and how worried she would get when he would go up against his arch nemesis Modeus. They would spend countless hours in each other’s company. Their lives couldn’t be any more perfect. She then told Kaidan about a coworker named Dan Hartigan who revealed himself to be none other than the Plutonian! Feeling betrayed by his lying for several months Alana reveals to the other workers that Dan Hartigan
is actually the Plutonian. Enraged with her stupidity the Plutonian intimidates his coworkers telling them that their very lives are in so much danger now that they know his secret identity. His enemies would stop at nothing to find out that bit of information. It’s later revealed all of his ex-coworkers are now deceased — apparently from suicides. Unfortunately Alana is a dead end…..for now.
The only other place that the Paradigm can find answers might be with the Plutonian’s archrival Modeus. The question is where is he and will he help the Paradigm defeat the Plutonian? Do the other villains try to capitalize on this? What does a released virus have to do will all of this? What does the magical candle do? Who is Orian the Demon? How does NATO handle this superhuman threat? What happened to Singapore? Is Samsara really alive? Can Kaidan’s new found power help? Who are the Vespan? Can anyone or anything stop the Plutonian?
Mark Waid has truly outdone himself on this masterpiece. If you thought his work on Kingdom Come or Empire was dark — guess again. Irredeemable is the biggest what if story ever. Comic readers have always wondered what it would be like if Superman or Thor just went ape shit and started destroying everyone and everything without giving a care. That kind of power and blood lust are a lethal combination. That my friends is what Mr. Waid has done here. He has made a perfect storm of evil. Some of the acts that Mr. Waid has the Plutonian commit are deliciously heinous. The only question left is: How does Mark Waid top this story? Well…..
Published by Boom! Comics, Incorruptible is the story of Max Damage — a super villain who transforms himself into a superhero. The reader is taken on a roller coaster ride here. Our story begins with Max Damage’s gang, leaderless, trying to rob a diamond exchange. They are forced to stop when the experience a roadblock orchestrated by Lieutenant Armadale. When one of the gang members pulls out a high-tech weapon and fires it at the roadblock, a dark silhouette comes from out of the shadows and deflects the blast. Why it’s none other than Max Damage! Max stops his old gang from doing much harm, saves the life of a police officer, and leaves with Lieutenant Armadale. Once Max and Armadale return to Max’s old hideout the reader learns that it was Max that led the police to apprehend his old gang. Max then burns 4.2 million dollars that he had stashed away there because it was “dirty money” and casts away his former lover/sidekick “jailbait“.
We then get to see why this ex cold-as-ice killer wants to reform. It seems that Max Damage was there that day in Sky
City when the world’s greatest hero, the Plutonian, snapped…..and he was scared shitless! What’s scarier is what Max was doing there in the first place. Sky City was the headquarters for the Center For Disease Control. Because of Max’s power he doesn’t have the ability to feel, taste, and smell. What better way to make people pay for taking for granted these feelings than breaking into the CDC and finding the deadliest airborne virus it contained and unleashing it on society. Before he could unleash the virus the Plutonian arrived and murdered over 3 million people in a manner that would make the Devil himself scared! Realizing that a God was releasing
Hell on Earth Max decided to do something about it. Max knew that the world needed a new hero. However, before he can take care of the Plutonian he has a few of his former colleagues to round up first.
Questions: What does Plutonian’s ex-girlfriend Alana Patel have to do with all of this? What is this mysterious structure that Max is building? What is the villain St. Lucifer doing? What is the significance of Coalville? What does Max’s origin have to do with the Plutonian? Who is the Wolf Boy? Are those the Vespan? What happened to Armadale?
Just when you think that Mark Waid couldn’t top Irredeemable he comes up with Incorruptible. Waid’s character Damage, who was as sick, twisted, and demented as the Plutonian is now, powerful climb to become the hero that the world so desperately needs is astounding. The reader can actually feel how badly Max Damage is trying. This story is FULL of emotion. It’s so easy to be evil but it takes a true champion to be a hero. Who needs the Plutonian when we have Max Damage!
I can honestly say that when these 2 stories end I will be quite upset. Its been a wonderful 3 year ride. True that there have been a few dull and confusing moments along the way but pound for pound these 2 books are up there with the likes of “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Watchmen”. Mr. Waid is a true evil genius and I personally can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.