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Mark Waid, Alabama native and current Los Angeles resident, has written stories for every major comic book publisher, and his seminal graphic novel, KINGDOM COME, for DC Comics, is one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time. For BOOM! Studios, he has written bestselling graphic novels POTTER’S FIELD, INCORRUPTIBLE and the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE. Peter Krause is an American comic book artist. He is best known for his work on various DC Comics titles, most notably the Superman-related titles and THE POWER OF SHAZAM! with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. Krause, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, currently works as a freelance illustrator in Minnesota.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Comics Eye right here on Hubpages.
Before I get into this edition's discussion of Boom Comic's Irredeemable, I wanted to announce that shortly you'll be able to listen to the first ever podcast of Comics Eye.
That's right, and the first edition of the Comics Eye podcast will be about Vertigo's series "The Unwritten."
I think there's always been this question in the backs of our minds about what would happen if say an iconic hero with super-human abilities such as Superman had decided one day that he'd had quite enough of us "puny humans" and went on a rampage.
Well to see exactly what this would look like, look no further than Boom's super hero turned renegade villain the Plutonian.
I came on board with this series well into it's run and had to begin reading the series through a digital edition first volume which contained the first four issues of the series.
But the real question about the series is actually "What does it take to turn a hero into a villian?"
The first four issues introduces us (the readers in case you forgot who you were) to a group of heroes known as the Paradigm which the Plutonian is a member of. The group is being decimated as they face the wrath of their former colleague, a hero who has gone rogue after deciding that he'd had enough of a less than adoring public.
I have to say that I was actually shocked when I saw the first few images presented in the first issue, scenes of a family literally being burned with rays shooting out of the Plutonian's eyes. The scenes of human decimation were actually pretty disturbing to see.
This series can at times be very graphic, but as we see the Plutonian remember past transgressions committed by what he thought were grateful people who's lives he either saved or somehow helped, we get to see how those people actually felt...and we get to see how the Plutonian reacts to his less than adoring public.
This series written Mark Waid with art provided by Peter Krause has a fantastic read thus far, and if like me you grew up with Superman and other iconic characters, and you ever wondered even for a moment what could happen were they to ever turn bad Irredeemable