Reign of the Supermen #116: Plutonian

Source: Irredeemable #1-?? (2009- )
Type: AnalogI was gonna wait for the series to end before talking about Irredeemable, but there's no end in sight, so here goes.

The Plutonian is the type of analog that exists precisely because Irredeemable is the kind of Superman story that cannot be told within the confines of Superman continuity. The great and powerful hero is not only everywhere, saving everyone, but can also see and hear everybody. But if Superman can do all this, wouldn't he quickly find out what a bunch of ingrates we are? That's what happens to the Plutonian, at least initially, though a lifetime of pressure to do the right thing, never hurt anyone, and the trauma of being an orphaned bounced from foster family to ever more terrorized foster family all set him up to snap after a major mistake on his part costs the lives of hundreds of children.

A man with Superman's powers gone bad can be a VERY bad thing.
There's nowhere to hide. There's nowhere to run.

Any Irredeemable fans out there?


Kal said...

I like this series and the high concept. Sure he has milked the idea for twice as many issues as Waid should have but the second part of the story (where Plutonian is taken away from Earth by Alien jailers) is pretty interesting. The fact that I don't automatically think 'Superman' when I see Plutonian says alot about Mark Waid and the fictional superhero universe he has created.

Siskoid said...

One thing that helps is that Paradigm, the JLA analog has enough in the way of original concepts to give it distance.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

I do enjoy the series, but I'd like to get a fuller view of how bad his destruction went past Sky City, as well as the actual passage of time.

But there are some great WTF moments, like when we learned what Hornet had done to ward off the aliens the first time.

Siskoid said...

The twist is: A LOT of superheroes are irredeemable. Theoretically, Waid could kill the Plutonian and keep the series going.


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