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Saturday, April 04, 2009 

Waid's Irredeemable new storytelling

Mark Waid has become the editor of Boom Studios for at least a year now. But one of his first books there as writer, Irredeemable, has a story that makes me feel very uncomfortable, yet the LeHigh Valley Express-Times has no problem fawning over it:
The world's greatest hero has snapped and turned into the world's most dangerous villain.

The Plutonian (a Superman-like hero) has turned on his teammates, killing them in retribution for an unknown event.

Now the remaining heroes are on the run and hunted.

Hurt, scared and wounded, they must piece together what they know about the Plutonian and find a way to stop him before they are all killed.

This is the reality of Boom Studios' "Irredeemable" by writer and Boom's editor in chief Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause.

The comic is on its way to becoming one of the best books of the year.

Waid's Plutonian holds nothing back in his assault of his former friends, including the killing of women and children.
More likely that this'll end up the worst book of year. This sounds disgusting, and not all that different from any of the negative depictions of recent superheroes. Actually, it sounds worse, like an indirect insult to various DC/Marvel superhero teams, whether or not they have families. I guess Waid's lost all his respect for heroism and the superhero books he used to write, right?

And shame on this newspaper for going out of their way to promote this as must-reading for fans. I'm sure they know quite well that this is hardly at all helpful to the future of comicdom, yet they clearly don't have the courage to admit it. And that's why news reporting of their sort is just...irredeemable.

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