Last time we visited the world of Irredeemable, we reviewed the trade paperback which collected the first four issues of this series. The trade followed that world’s greatest hero, The Plutonian, after he has decided that he has had enough of what he sees as an ungrateful world. Since then, there have been some developments in the Irredeemable world, and our beleaguered heroes still do not seem to have much hope.

Irredeemable_07_COVER.jpgWe enter now just as we left the last issue. The heroes have had to flee their base after a rogue Modeus android activated an old Plutonian SOS beacon. Urging the other heroes to leave, Charybdis stays behind to buy them time and to possibly get revenge for the death of his brother, Scylla, with whom he shared super powers. Since his brother’s death, Charybdis seems to have lost his powers and seems to be suffering from survivor’s guilt. As the last issue ends, Charybdis tells the Plutonian that he knows he was responsible for the Sonic Plague that was killing children a few years prior. While the brothers had been helping him with the clean-up of the plague at the research lab where it all started, Charybdis had discovered something that he now realizes was a SOS transmitter geared for the Plutonian. He confronts the Plutonian with the knowledge, saying that there was no reason for them to have such a thing unless it was to call the Plutonian specifically if something went wrong, which it had. The Plutonian knew more than he let on.

Meanwhile, we find the surviving heroes still exploring the Plutonian’s secret hide-out, which just happens to be at the heart of an active volcano. They find a bizarre room filled with the skeletons of children, completely clothed and positioned as if they where at play. While they ponder the meaning of this, they are attacked by one of Plutonian’s captives wielding a sort of plasma bazooka. Rushing for a place to hide, Betty Noir opens a door which leads to a bizarre shrine to her. Photos and statues of her in various stages of undress fill the room, and she quickly closes the door, telling her teammates it was a dead end. Seems like someone may have been a naughty girl and she knows it.

We get to see Kaidan’s power in action as she tells the story of a vengeful spirit preparing to take the life of its enemy. We see a ghostly shape form and slice the attacker’s weapon in half. Gilgamos is there to quickly subdue the defenseless attacker. Volt recognizes the attacker as a mystic named Enchantra. As she struggles against Gilgamos, she begins scream, “So that sick bastard’s just gonna pass me around to his friends now? Is that it?” Here we have another example of how warped the Plutonian has become. In a scene that would be comical if it where not so tragic, Gilgamos asks, “Why is she dressed like my wife?” If you missed it, he is married to Betty Noir. Oh, Gilgamos, the secrets that have been kept from you! On the bright side, have they found another ally?

Back at the old headquarters, the Plutonian shows a flaw that is rather remarkable after everything he has done, the desire to be understood and explain his actions. We also get more of a glimpse into his mental state as he talks about how the events which lead up to the Sonic Plague took place. It seems that after they stopped the alien invasion, a particular scientist was adamant that he could discover breakthroughs in science if only he where allowed to study some of the alien tech that the Paradigm had hidden away. But, unlike others, Dr. Seabrook did not go away, be kept insisting that he could do good. Visiting him late one night, the Plutonian uses his powers to determine that the man is being honest; he does not want personal gain, only to help the world. Breaking for the decision that he and his teammates had made he gives the scientist a small device; it seems to be a sonic device, to study first. He also gives him a SOS signaling device to call him in case of any emergency.

Plutonian then proceeds to continue beating the powerless Charybdis. He calls him lucky, because with his brother dead he has no powers and could have had a regular life. He would not have to hear the constant drone of people in need. We flash back again to Plutonian and Kaidan shortly after they saved a luxury yacht from pirates. The yacht owner asks Plutonian to repair his vessel, and does not seem to understand that woodworking is not one of his array of powers. However, it does give us a chance to see another example of the mental state of the Plutonian. Losing his temper, he screams at the disgruntled yacht owner to leave him alone and flies off into space to land on the moon, where he is out of reach of the constant sound of people begging for help. Five, ten minutes tops, that is how long he stays on the moon enjoying the peace.

As he comes back down to Earth, he finds that the unthinkable has happened. During the time he was literally out of earshot, Dr. Seabrook had activated the SOS beacon. The Sonic Plague was in full swing by the time he arrived. If he had not indulged in that little piece of tranquility, the deaths of hundreds of children could have been avoided, or so he thinks. Finally, unloaded his burden to Charybdis, he prepares to finish it. As he warms up his heat vision, Charybdis tells him that he too has a secret. His dead brother, Scylla, had no powers, Charybdis was the source and he is at full strength! With that, he begins to make a stand against his foe. It looks like we may finally see the Plutonian in something resembling a fair fight.

While I am still enjoying this series, I am beginning to cool on it slightly. The constant signs of his unstable personality make you want to scream a his teammates that they did not care enough, but you finally realize that he may have just been damaged long before. Waid and company pull off another entertaining issue, but the last panel reveal may have been a little more exciting if I knew a little more about Charybdis’s powers. As it is, the effect is dulled slightly by his depression over his brother’s death a few issues back.

Still enjoying the series, but I am waiting for a big turning point. I’m going 3 out of 5 stars. There can only be so many issues of despair before it starts to wear on your experience.


The Author

Stacy Baugher

Stacy Baugher

Back in February of 2008, Stacy Baugher wrote his first article for Major Spoilers and started a solid run of work that would last for over two years. He wrote the first series of Comic Casting Couch articles as well as multiple Golden Age Hero Histories, reviews and commentaries. After taking a hiatus from all things fandom he has returned to the Major Spoilers fold.

He can currently be found on his blog, , were he post progress on his fiction work as well as his photography and life in general, and on Twitter under the handle @stacybaugher . If you're of a mind, he also takes on all comers with the under the Xbox Live Gamertag, Lost Hours.

He currently lives in Clinton, Mississippi with his understanding wife, and two kids.

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  1. SkrullBryan
    October 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I wonder what effect reading the trade has had on your review. Having the cliffhangers compressed together would probably lessen my enthusiasm for the story. I am enjoying the thrill of getting this monthly and have not been disappointed yet.

  2. arcee
    October 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    Great review!

    Actually tells me what happened in the issue. Sadly, all too many times I’ll read a review (here and other sites) and it just seems to be an excercise of prose (Look I can write! Somebody discover me!)

    A review, is a review. Tell me what happened, tell me if you liked it or not and why.

    • October 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm — Reply

      Thanks arcee, always nice to receive a complement now and then!

  3. October 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    It does. I can’t deny it. This is a medium that was meant to be read on a serialized basis. The story points, the beats, the cliffhangers, are all designed with a decent amount of time between them. I flew through the trade quickly, but ended up reading it several times because I enjoyed it. It has taken it’s place on my reading shelf, as opposed to the overflow box.

    I just think that a glimmer of hope or a chink in Plutonian’s armor would be helpful about now!

    • October 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm — Reply

      The above was in respoinse to SkrullByran

  4. SkrullBryan
    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    Right after reading this issue, I wondered if I would like the series as much if I had waited to read the trade. Your point is exactly right… the pacing and cliffhangers work great due to the time between issues. The anticipation adds to my enjoyment.

    What I like about the book is all the story points that are still floating out there. Waid gives us three but only resolves one. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. The Plutonian’s relationship with Bette, what happened to Modeus, the true origin of Plutonians powers, and so on. Waid is doing an excellent job of moving this densely tangled web along.

    Can you tell that I really like this book?

    • Ricco
      October 13, 2009 at 9:15 am — Reply

      I do think reading this as a trade might harm the enjoyment, I for one was thinking we’d see the tortured and dismemebred corpse of Modeus as the reason the hero team was freaked out at the eng of issue 6 and couldn’t wait to read this issue.

      I think the Plutonian might BE Modeus, think of it this way what good is Superman without Lex Luthor? He might have created Modeus to be his own Lex so that he could focus on stopping his “arch-nemesis” who could harm and potentialy kill him instead of having to constantly save the world.

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