The idea: A generic Superman-like superhero (the 'Plutonian') makes the transition from great hero to great villain.
The fundamental flaw: Poor storytelling, poor art.
While I'm a great booster of the graphic novel as creative form, I must admit that I feel I'm starting to tap out on the best in class. Looking for new fixes in this mode obviously involves risks in trial. The premise of Irredeemable was a very compelling one, particularly on the heels of All Star Superman's exploration of the hero's journey in new ways. I was curious to see what stepping stones would take a 'man of steel' to the territory of super villain. I took a chance on the first two volumes of this open-ended series.
Waid has done classic work elsewhere, which made the cash commitment to these two volumes easier. It provided a few moments of interest and promise, but overall, I was *very* let down by the effort.
I'll be stopping at volume two.
|Said the Plutonian to the author and artist...|