Irredeemable #2

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Peter Krause Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: May 6, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic 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? Heroes are being picked off one-by-one in a brutal and vicious assault. They never stood a chance – never saw it coming. A small cadre of heroes race against time and space to stay alive and turn the tables. A "twilight of the superheroes"-style story that examines super-villains from the writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Stephen Joyce May 4, 2009

    This issue may not have as much action for some peoples liking, but it is still a great story. It gives us a great view of the Plutonians world and expands on the character. While this series is only on its second issue, Im willing to bet that this story becomes a classic once it is completed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 11, 2009

    Waid's focus here isn't on unimaginable destruction, weird and new super-hero powers or the downfall of a champion. While there's a fascinating plot and mystery unfolding, it's the characterization that's the most engaging aspect of the book. We see the Plutonian/Superman as an emotionally vulnerable character, even fragile. Waid explores a man who's forced to live his entire life in secret and how he's changed and damaged when the decision to finally let someone see his vulnerability and humanity blows up in his face. We also get to see what scares a man who can't be hurt along with what breaks his heart. Alana's reaction to learning the Plutonian's secret is completely understandable and justified. That explosive scene and the fallen hero's relationship with Patel simply serve to spotlight how disconnected he is from humanity and how that's really left him as something of an innocent. Perhaps it's his loss of innocence that leads to the world's loss of hope and security. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G. May 9, 2009

    What's Not So Good: I'm not sure if this is a fair complaint, but this issue goes by too fast. I'm not sure if it is the pacing or lack of pages, but this comic zooms by. Another small gripe is the beginning scenes with the Plutonian and another hero. The dialogue seem forced and I think that Waid was trying to show that the Plutonian was a great guy before he went bad, but because of the contrived tone of the dialogue, he came off creepy and odd.: Irredeemable has quickly become one of my favorite reads. There is a ton to like here. Each issue, because of the theme of the series, carries a sense of importance and drama not typically found in comics. I am really interested to find out more about both the Plutonian and the supporting cast. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Leo Johnson Mar 19, 2012

    Verdict: A solid second issue. Definitely worth continuing along with reading. We learn a little more the Plutonian and his former life and are left with an interesting ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 6, 2009

    I was concerned that Waid would not be able to carry this as an ongoing series, yet the more we dive into the history of the character, it is easy to see that this series could go easily hit 48 issues simply covering the little moments in history that created the little cracks that eventually build to the huge split. The story continues to be a strong one, earning Irredeemable #2 a solid 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power May 7, 2009

    I very much enjoyed this book and I will be trying to get my comic shop to carry it if they do not already. Kudos to the team at BOOM! for putting out a good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 6, 2009

    Irredeemable #2 is huge step in the right direction for a series that got off on the wrong foot, yet it has a long way to go before I'd call it impressive or innovative. Because it's Waid at the helm, though, and he's ostensibly trying to say something profound about his favorite hero, I'm definitely going to stick around for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany May 5, 2009

    As for Peter Krause’s art, it’s fairly good in terms of capturing the story. With most of this issue taking place with dialog rather than action, I don’t think he really had the chance to show off his talents, so I hope that he gets some more pages to really explode in terms of panel design and story elements. If not, it’s a waste of potential because I enjoy the mellow style for the most part. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett May 4, 2009

    (Check out the first few pages of this issue in CBR's preview and, then, pick it up. It's good.) Read Full Review

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