Okay… I’m back on board. After the uninspired last set, I was pretty sure that Volume 4 would be a make or break moment; it would decide whether I’m continuing the series or dropping for the many other things awaiting out there.
I’m pleased to say that this book brought enough thrills and dug into the characters enough to warrant another glance. It’s nothing innovative (in fact, they retread the beginning of the series from a different angle!), but it was engrossing enough.
No new elements were introduced here. At this point, our lame heroes are trying their best to stop The Plutonian from carrying on with his erratic and murderous behaviour. We discover that, not only has he brought death and devastation to some parts of the globe, but the whole world is affected economically.
Bu that’s about the extent of the development, really. In this collection, we’re simply revisiting the same characters as before, exploring their relationships a bit more, and we feel out their personalities to an even larger degree.
Which helped, because the way the characters acted seemed more realistic to me this time around (even though it’s still borderline melodramatic ). I understood the various motives as expressed by the various characters and got how it fit in the big picture – not a given with this series.
So ‘Irredeemable’ gets a reprieve. I will order the next volume. I sure wish that they hit one out of the park at some point, though, because the notion of a superman gone mad is a concept that’s so awe-inspiring that it should take my breath away. It tried a few, but never succeeded. So far.