REVIEW: Incorruptible #30


All good things must come to an end, and that includes Mark Waid’s fantastic titles Irredeemable and Incorruptible. Whereas Irredeemable’s end seemed a natural progression, Incorruptible has been somewhat rushed and chaotic. Can Mark Waid bring it all together in this finale? This Major Spoilers staff reviewer finds out for you, right after the jump!

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Shannon Watters
Covers: Garry Brown; Matteo Scalera with Darrin Moore
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99 

Previously on Incorruptible:  Max Damage was the world’s greatest villain, arch-rival of The Plutonian. But when the Plutonian went bad, Max Damage knew the world needed some form of balance, so he ditched his underage sidekick and lover, Jailbait, and set out to become the hero the world had lost; an icon people who had lost hope could look up to. He set out to become, Incorruptible…


This issue does a couple things well. There’ve been a lot of character introduced over the span of this book, making it a difficult task to give everyone a proper resolution, but this issue really focuses on resolving the relationship that the book started with—that of Jailbait and Max Damage. The issue starts with the resolution of the Coalville plot, solving issues at a breakneck pace. Max explains how he was wrong to let himself be alienated from society in his goal to somehow become incorruptible, whereas he should have focused on doing good for the right reasons instead of holding himself up to some unattainable standard. Mark Waid did a good job of tying in the meaning of the “Incorruptible” title into this final issue, but after the depth involved with the finale of Irredeemable it just seemed to fall a little short.


When you have a chance to end a series on your own terms, it can be an incredible storytelling opportunity, but you’re also given just enough rope to hang yourself. Fans who have been with a title from the beginning have an idea of how they want a book to end; we saw that quite distinctly with the end of Irredeemable—I absolutely loved Waid’s ending to the series, but there were plenty of fans who were left jaded with the way the title was tied into reality.

My hope going into this issue was that Mark Waid would have the same idea with the idea of “Incorruptible” that I did; the only way for Max Damage to be incorruptible is if he died a hero. It’s the same idea as expressed in The Dark Knight; “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” While Max Damage had a slightly backwards start to things, I felt that dying as a hero would be the perfect way to leave an incorruptible legacy.


One thing I was particularly looking forward to in this issue was the art of Marcio Takara, which I’ve grown to love over his run on Incorruptible. Instead we have Damian Couceiro, and I’m not sure whether it’s his pencils or his inks, but the art in this issue just seems washed out—a stark contrast to the bold inking of Marcio Takara that we’ve gotten used to. Nolan Woodard’s colors are great as usual, but I was constantly distracted by how different the art was in this issue.

BOTTOM LINE: Not the Conclusion I Was Looking For

I’ve loved this title since issue one, and I love the series as a whole, but I didn’t really care for Incorruptible #30. I really wanted to get an ending I could rave about for this review, but with the rushed endings of the story combined with the disappointing art, I can only give this issue two and a half out of five stars. Mark Waid is an amazing writer; as I said earlier I loved his finale to Irredeemable, and he’s doing some fascinating stuff right now with his website and Insufferable, but this finale to Incorruptible didn’t do it for me.

Rating: ★★½☆☆