Irredeemable #1
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Irredeemable #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Peter Krause Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 1, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

A comic book industry event: a new original ongoing superhero series from Mark Waid! IRREDEEMABLE dares to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain? A "twilight of the superheroes"-style story that examines super-villains from the writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE! Features a 1-in-50 variant cover signed by Mark Waid!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Stephen Joyce Mar 30, 2009

    This is an amazing book! I cannot stress how much I truly enjoyed it. Mark Waid has crafted a tale that has captured my attention and left me wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outer Realm Comics - Leo Johnson Mar 17, 2012

    Verdict: Such a promising first issue. It sets up the following issues for some really great stuff. It definitely hints at finding out more about the Plutonian, which will be nice as he's been a bit mysterious in this issue. Definitely check it out if you're looking for a superhero story of a different variety. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G Apr 2, 2009

    A word about the sickening violence in this comic: I abhor cheap violence for shock value or to overcompensatefor lack of content. InIrredeemable, Waid is guilty of neither. Instead, the violence plays an important role in furthering the story, despite how disturbing it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Mania - Chris Smits Apr 7, 2009

    This one looks like it's going to be a great ride. At $3.99 it's got a sting to it, but it's better spent here than on a lot of the drivel on shelves out there. Don't be turned off by the various covers and such, "Irredeemable" has the meat on it's bones a hungry reader should want. As long as Waid stops trying to tell us that he can be tough too, this series has every indication that it's going to be great. My greed for more has me already wishing this was a few issues into the series. Giving this a B+ for now, but I can easily see how future issues may well hit a higher status. With no expectations at all, and only a little curiosity pushing me to buy this, "Irredeemable" was a great surprise and I can't wait for issue number two! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Mar 29, 2009

    The dark tale of the hero filling himself with loathing and angst has been around for over twenty years, and yet I find myself compelled to find out what happens next, and that Dear Reader is the hallmark of good storytelling - giving me a reason to come back for the next installment. Irredeemable is not a tale for everyone. If you like your heroes big and bright and standing for truth, justice, and all of that, you might want to skip this tale. However, if you want to see what happens when the flame burns out and all the hero has is darkness, then Irredeemable will hit the spot. Irredeemable #1 earns 4 out of 5 Stars from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 6, 2009

    The issue quickly and effectively shows us the depths to which this particular supe has already fallen, and does it in a way that horrified me, but was incredibly effective With solid art from Peter Krause, I'm on board for this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 6, 2009

    Irredeemable #1 was an excellent debut issue. Waid comes out of the gate firing on all cylinders as he wastes no time getting this story rolling in an exciting fashion. Many debut issues are dull reads that provide necessary set-up work. That is not the case with Irredeemable #1. Waid decided to start with a quick beginning and let the reader learn the background information as we progress along this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 30, 2009

    Waid himself admits that this is a story that could never be told at DC or Marvel, which makes it all the more fitting to be creator-owned and published by the company where Waid is Editor-in-Chief. The mystery of why the Plutonian has made the choice he has and how deeply committed to that choice he is certainly offers fuel for this series to continue on. Whether or not Waid can continue to tell stories this dark about evil so oppressive and intimidating without truly becoming evil himself remains to be seen. Yes, Mark Waid is evil. It makes me a little bit uneasy to say that I hope he continues to be evil, because I sure enjoyed reading it. That doesn't mean I'm evil as well, does it? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 1, 2009

    There's no shortage of stories about a Superman out of control, driven insane or corrupted, but then again, there's no shortage of a lot of super-hero plots. Waid's plot and script handles this particular deconstruction of the super-hero archetype quite well. One could argue that the violence in this story is over the top, that it's included only for shock value. It's definitely a sustainable argument, but I don't agree. The point is that such unlimited power in the hands of a madman would be unimaginably devastating and terrifying. At its heart, Irredeemable really isn't a super-hero story, but rather an entertaining piece of horror fiction. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Dan Phillips Apr 1, 2009

    Irredeemable #1 is a failure partly because its high concept isn't all that high, but mostly because it fails to say anything interesting about the idea. Hopefully, that'll change sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

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