Irredeemables basic plot is simple: What if a superman like hero went bad? Not just slightly bad either. Not "taken over by mind control" - genocidaly , homicidaly, evil.
Thats how the story starts. "The Plutonian's" turns evil.
If that's all it was about though, interest wouldn't last long. Fortunately it focus on why he went bad. The whole comic series is in some ways a character study - you can feel repulsed, yet also often sympathies with the Plutonian. Nothing happened by magic, or overnight.
His former teammates try to stop him - but there is little that can be done in the face of a angry god.
The universe Waid carves out in this story is rich - making the whole thing come across to me as a mondern, faster-paced Watchman. All the heroes we meet have flaws and secrets in their past - some being guilty of some terrible crimes indeed. And yet theres also hope - in this face of the Plutonian we have people also showing their best sides, villains becoming heroes and many attempts at redemption.
Despite the subject matter of the story, it deals with hope just as much as disaster.
Also, the story keeps introducing new things. Its very much a page turner. At its conclusion the story perhaps wraps up a bit too quick - taking a unexpected turn, yet one that still makes sense.
Everything is wrapped up well, although theres somewhat a feeling that another 10 issues or so could have made it all a bit more masterpieceish.
, Reviewed By Darkflame
Irredeemable created by Mark Waid