Sunday, September 11, 2011

Irredeemable #29 - Review

Irredeemable #29

WHO'S THE REAL THREAT?


The Plutonian has returned to Earth with his band of escaped mental inmates and plans to get revenge on the person who humiliated him in front of the entire world — Scylla. A superhero who had been hiding his powers from the world with his twin brother, who perished by The Plutonian’s hands. But there’s a secret the super twins have been hiding, and the answer lies in the logo on their chests.

Mark Waid’s Irredeemable made me realize that we can still create superheroes that exist outside of the Marvel and DC Universes. That it’s not a game solely owned by two publishers, and that anyone can create an interesting character and an entire world as long as they’re willing to put the time in. This is just a prime example of that. The world that these characters populate makes me feel as if this series has been around since the 1940’s, and that there’s always something much bigger going on off panel.

The Plutonian scares the hell out of me. If you really think about all the things that Superman can do and if he were to decide to use them for evil . . . Oh boy. My favorite scene in this issue probably has to be when Plutonian kidnaps many of Scylla’s team and starts throwing them so hard into the atmosphere that they turn into shooting stars. He then tells his escaped colleagues to make wishes every time he throws them. Sometimes throwing another if they can’t think of anything on that turn. It’s moments like these in this issue that really sold it to me as something I had to review as soon as I was done reading it.

It still amazes me that so many comic book readers refuse to move from one or two publishers. Don’t get me wrong, Marvel and DC are huge parts of our pop culture. But only reading two publishers in an entire medium is like only seeing movies put out by Paramount and Sony Pictures. You’re limiting yourself to what’s out there. Hopefully this title will get around by word of mouth a bit more and be picked up more often. I want to see it go on for a long time.

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