Netflix announces it is adapting Mark Waid and Boom Studios Irredeemable and Incorruptible, which are comic books that offer a different take on the Superman and Batman stories. BAFTA Film Award winner Jeymes Samuel (The Harder They Fall) is set to direct a film adaptation of the Boom! Studios’ graphic novel series Irredeemable and its …
The final issue of the sister series to Irredeemable has landed and picks up where the last issue left off. Max Damage has sent Coalville into a riot as the cloud of poisonous radiation moves its way across the globe to the last fully functioning civilization. As the chaos blooms around Damage, he makes a startling discovery about himself and his original oath to be incorruptible in the face of evil.
Though both series were very interesting in their approaches on the superhero and supervillain mythology, Incorruptible had always been more of the wild card. We had seen comics before where the Superman-like character had gone bad, but weâ€™d never seen the Lex Luther type character turn to the side of good. Damage was a character that was always fun to read and always left us wanting more.
This final issue by Mark Waid and Damian Couceiro was definitely a quieter end to this part of the Irredeemable universe, and played more to Damage as a character instead of a pair of super-powered fists. It took the time in both the writing and the artwork to explore a newer and more relaxed side of Damage after the responsibilities of being the worldâ€™s newest hope had washed away from him. Incorruptible needed a more muted ending, because Damage really needed to learn to live in the gray and do the right thing because it was the correct choice, not because he had to. It completes the arc of the character while also showing that, if Plutonian hadnâ€™t stopped the end of the world, that Damage would have stepped up to do it.
Itâ€™s sad to see this story come to an end, but it would be fun to check back in with Damage, Jailbait, and Alana sometime in the future. This series is worth a look if you missed it the first time.
The incredible companion series to Irredeemable is coming to a head, and all of the players and pieces are set on the chessboard in Coalville.
In this issue, Max Damage is put to the ultimate test when he finds out the true nature of Armadaleâ€™s death, and the responsibility he had to the people that live in the small slice of civilization heâ€™s helped carve in this new world. But an unexpected visitor throws all of Damageâ€™s plans right out the window. This story was mostly setting up all of the aspects of the final issues, but it was still really fun and compelling.
Waid has done such a wonderful job building up this world and its characters that I always feel as if theyâ€™re much older and more established than they actually are. I feel as if Damage has been a character for decades, and that his story is now coming to a climatic end. The art in this issue really expressed the tone of the story, which was an impending doom. Each panel began to feel a bit heavier and darker as the story progressed, and it all led up to the dramatic reveal that was executed perfectly on the page. When that surprise character makes their appearance, I felt the shock that Couceiro intended.
This series has been tens all across the board. It makes me both excited and sad to see it go. I would love to see this series continue on for another year, but Max Damage is a character that deserves an ending. I say we let him have it.
Waid started both in 2009 with the latter spinning out of the former. Irredeemable saw The Plutonian, a Superman-type character go to the dark side. Likewise, Incorruptible saw Max Damage, a Batman-like character, turn from an all-powerful supervillain into one of the good guys.
Waid tells Gagnon that the time just seems right and that both characters will go out with a boom!
Okay, really, truly â€” Iâ€™m just stretched thin right now both personally and professionally, and I live in mortal fear that Iâ€™m going to overstay my welcome on these books. Moreover, I feel that Max Damageâ€™s character arc is reaching its end in Incorruptible. And in Irredeemable, Iâ€™ve long known what the end of that series is, and lately, itâ€™s as if all the characters are moving into position for it whether I want them to or not. So letâ€™s go out big and grand, I say.
The final arc of Irredeemable takes place in issues #34 through #37, with Incorruptible #27 through #30.
Waid offers readers the following in regards to the end:
In Incorruptible, Maxâ€™s newfound morals are put to the ultimate test as he has to stop a citywide anarchy spurred by the panic of the people of Coalville who now know certain nuclear death is on the horizon â€” literally on the horizon, as the radiation plague unleashed in Irredeemable sweeps North America.
And in Irredeemable, a character thought forever lost returns to recruit Plutonian into helping save the Earth from the plague â€” and to do so, he (or she) has to make a bargain with Plutonian that turns the entire series premise upside-down and changes everything. Literally, everything. All towards an ending Iâ€™ve been building towards for over three years, one that even you donâ€™t know about, yet, Matt â€” because I love surprising you.
In part four of the â€œRedemptionâ€ story arc we see the origin of Max Damageâ€™s powers and his struggle to obtain balance in the world of The Plutonian. From the beginning people have questioned why Max Damage would go out of his way to become a hero after being its most notorious villain, but this issue grounds that fact in comic book logic that has gone unspoken in word balloons since the dawn of the Golden Age.
Waidâ€™s writing in this issue is very character driven but it keeps the story moving at a fast and fluid pace. Max Damage has quickly become one of my favorite comic book characters and Iâ€™m surprised more people havenâ€™t discovered him. Heâ€™s one of the more realistic superhero characters in terms of his train of thought and decision making abilities. Itâ€™s also really inventive to have his power fluctuate depending on how long heâ€™s been awake.
Takaraâ€™s artwork has that cartoon and comic book feel that makes the characters lifelike and lets you feel every punch that Max Damage and The Plutonian dish out to one another. Thereâ€™s a particularly wonderful fight scene that doubles as a hallucination that was really exciting to read and touching in terms of character, and Takara pulled it off really well.
This series and Irredeemable are what I consider to be BOOM! Studiosâ€™ flagship comic books. Theyâ€™re always pushing the boundaries in terms of comic book lore and character development. When thereâ€™s a twist and turn in Incorruptible youâ€™re going to feel it on the page right along with Max Damage and the other characters. This issue was particularly wonderful for world and character development, and I canâ€™t wait to see where the story goes next. There’s really nothing else left to say except that you need to start reading this series as soon as possible.