As you may notice in my review of Incorruptible #26, I’m a bit concerned over the nature of the crossover, which sparked a debate with my local comic book guy.

I had a conversation this past week with my Comic Book Shop Guy about Irredeemable and Incorruptible, and the nature of the current “crossover event.” While he hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet, he claimed the whole idea was absurd because the entire series was a crossover, and that while you could appreciate Irredeemable without reading Incorruptible, the opposite was impossible. I disagreed vehemently, claiming all they had in common was a shared universe. Eventually we came to a consensus that it was necessary to read the first issue or so of Irredeemable in order to appreciate and understand where Incorruptible came from, it wasn’t necessary to read ALL of Irredeemable to enjoy Incorruptible.

What are your thoughts? Do you read just one of the series, or both? Do you feel you’d get more by reading both of them?

Use the comment section below to share your thoughts.


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  1. BigPapaRama
    January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    I have really only read Irredeemable. This current cross-over has done a nice job of fleshing out the back story, but you can get by without Incorruptable.

    Overall, I agree with your consensus.

  2. January 31, 2012 at 3:41 am — Reply

    Picked up the first couple of trades of Incorruptilbe, and now I just want to read my Irredeeamble and not warry about Max Damage – ever!

    • February 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm — Reply

      Sorry to hear that–I actually enjoy Incorruptible more than Irredeemable, but I tend to be more critical of the Superman power-set that Plutonian has, even though Mark Waid does it as well as it can be done.

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