In 2009, Mark Waid thought to himself “What if Superman was a complete bastard?” and this was the impetus for his original series – Irredeemable.
Irredeemable was written by Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause and it was published by BOOM! Studios. It ran 37 issues and it was a psychological profile on “What if a man with Superman’s powers used them for evil instead of good and why would someone do that?”
The main character of the story is a super powered hero turned ultimate villain by the name of The Plutonian and the comic starts at the point of the Plutonian suddenly behaving very violently and evil and the rest of the superhero community has to find out what happened to him. This comic starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Jon has never read the series so I gave him the trade of the first 4 issues and this is what we discuss in the podcast.
We will be talking about the epic 16 part weekly Avengers storyline that begins with issue #675: No Surrender!
The story is so humongous in scope that it need 3 writers and 3 artist to tell it:
Writers: Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub
Artists: Pepe Larraz, Paco Medina and Kim Jacinto
The only issues available so far are part 1 (675) and part 2 (676). We decided we wanted to get on this early so you don’t miss the boat on this story.
Jon has never been an Avengers fan so this is his first dip into their universe. In issue 675, we are introduced to Valerie Vector AKA Voyager…
You remember Valerie Vector! She was one of the founding members of the Avengers!! What do you mean you don’t remember her? Well, that is because she was just created this year and retconned (we explain what this term means in the podcast) into the Marvel Universe. This threw Jon for a loop because he thought she really was an older character. Besides introducing a golden age character we never met before, you also find out that the Earth has been stolen and it’s up to the Avengers to figure out who did it.
This is a great starting point for those that have never read this title and, with only 2 issues out, it seems that it will be a ripping yarn.
Here is a quick reference guide to the different Avengers teams that exist today:
Listen to the podcast and if you find it entertaining, then go out and pick up all 16 issues of the Avengers: No Surrender.
Time is a funny thing. It seems like yesterday I was picking up the first issue of Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come and I was amazed at the painted artwork and great story.
Well, it was actually 20 years ago this year that I read that first issue. The story and it’s message is still relevant now as it was back then.
Jon has never read Kingdom Come and I recently acquired the collected trade paper back and lent it to him. I told him that he is really going to enjoy it and that we should do a podcast on this landmark series. Jon took the book and when I saw him a few days later, he was very impressed and was really keen on turning this into a podcast.
I am a fan of the book. Jon became a fan of it and we hope you listen to this podcast and give it a try. I am glad that DC gave permission to Mark and Alex to tell this different and dark tale of morality and forgiveness.