I know it’s considered one of the great new reads, and I know that some revere Mark Waid, but it’s felt lacklustre for too long for me to bother continuing further.
(Unless I have another volume coming in from the library, that is; I won’t cancel my request. But I certainly won’t make any new ones.)
The series just doesn’t seem to inspire any enthusiasm from me. No matter what happens, I’m left incredulous half of the time, and disinterested the rest of the time. I just don’t understand why the writing is considered so top notch. Perhaps it’s by the same people who can’t see the plot holes and flat out errors in the Nolan Batman films, ’cause ‘Irredeemable’ is anything but bulletproof.
For instance, sequences when The Plutonian gets punched back a few seconds in time were absurd because every time he did that, there should have been an extra Plutonian showing up, thereby changing the sequence of events and breaking the loop. Alas, there were only two Plutonians (enough to highlight this gimmick) and one of them got left behind somehow as the key one carried on. Hmmph.
And there’s the fact that the planet that Plutonian is trapped on in run from its core by a security team that is neither alert enough to notice that he is pummeling his way to them nor are they tough or brave enough to prevent his upcoming onslaught. What kind of prison guards are those? Seriously! Who would put cowards in the universe’s most dangerous prison? It’s absolutely ridiculous.
Then there’s the fact that Qbit destroys all the teleportation technology, but doesn’t teleport himself out first. Um, pretty dumb. But even dumber is that The Plutonian somehow travels back in time long enough to take advantage of the technology and goes back to Earth. Which is impossible without Qbit’s help anyway – because he would have had to open the portal to Earth, but he hadn’t. So how did Plutonian do it?
There may explanations to all of these questions, but it actually sounds to me more like convenience and gimmicks than actual good storytelling. From what I can tell, it strictly looks like Waid tried to come up with cool ideas, but never bothered to make any sense of it; the primary concern was making sure that it would excite the reader – adrenaline over intellect. Again, this may all make sense somehow, but the book doesn’t bother providing any reasonable answers.
So I can’t be bothered anymore. It simply does not satisfy me intellectually, doesn’t inspire any sense of wonder (how could it when I’m always left incredulous!), and doesn’t stir my imagination that much. Plus which the art is nothing noteworthy at all – again, the character designs left me wanting. I’m not saying that ‘Irredeemable’ is… um… irredeemable. But after seven volumes (i.e. 28 issues), I don’t plan to wait around to find out.