While the last book abruptly ended with a suggestion that much of what had been happening was all in The Plutonian’s insane mind, it turns out that it was only an awkward twist that remains slightly inexplicable: at what point was he captured, and what part happened and what part didn’t?
Well, in this volume it’s much clearer. Now that he is under custody we know that almost anything he experiences is strictly in his mind. So, basically, we are delving into the thoughts of a now-completely mad man, who lives in his head because he can’t deal with the reality of a world that shunned him and that he’s destroyed.
Meanwhile, the remaining superheroes are struggling with the aftermath of The Plutonian’s rampage, trying to rebuilt the world with the help of the least expected allies. More rifts appear in the group as the balance of power shifts and we discover that not everyone is on the same page.
This volume of ‘Irredeemable’ is a much more poignant tale than previous ones had been. The threat has been removed, but it is likely not permanent. And, meanwhile, new threats come to the fore. So it’s quite intriguing to see how this will all play out, how the pieces will come together.