Incorruptible #14 – Review

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Mark Waid is doing some great things with the superhero genre. I wish I knew more about it.

Incorruptible #14 is the first issue I’ve read of this series. That phrase has been used by myself far too much lately. However, I’m going to make recompense for my geek sins.

Firstly, reading this issue was a pleasure. The art by Marcio Takara was crisp and believable. One thought, and I could be wrong here, it seems like he’s been highly influenced by Ryan Ottley. Or perhaps Ottley is just having his own little Jim Lee effect on indie superhero books. Every so often an artist is so pure and original, the industry can’t help but follow his lead. Is that happening here? I’m not sure. On the other hand there has never been so many varied artists drawing capes and tights as a counterpoint there’s a strong Ottley under-culture. This is no way meant as offense to Mr. Takara, who is excellent. I’m just musing. Arguments are welcomed.

As for Mr. Waid. The man knows how to write. Ever hear of a little DC book called Kingdom Come? That series alone gives Waid a free pass for a decade or two. The guy could’ve retired in 1996 and still stayed legendary. Lucky for us he’s continued to work.

Published by Boom Studios, Incorruptible is a spin-off from another series penned by Waid, Irredeemable. In Irredeemable a Superman-type, The Plutonian, has inexplicably let his inner Lex Luthor take over and has become the world’s greatest villain. And from what I understand, it’s been quite the read.

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Incorruptible breaks from Irredeemable and follows a villain, Max Damage, who is trying to take the path of a hero. He was inspired to do so when The Plutonian snapped.

Now, Issue #14 is a bad place to start with this series. I had little frame of reference for the characters and plot-lines. Apparently The Plutonian has been captured, people are celebrating, and Max Damage is sleeping off a rough one. People are in the streets partying and several (I’m guessing) sub-plots are playing out between the backup characters. Max wakes up and shit goes down.

The dialogue is tight, the action is well paced, and the characters seem fully formed (as far as my limited interactions with them can tell).

As you might realize dear reader, I’m giving this a half-assed review. But I promise I’m not being lazy. Partly, I’m unfamiliar with the comic as a whole and I’m also getting ready for my afore mentioned recompense.

I’ve decided to go back and read all of Irredeemable and Incorruptible and review them for WatchPlayRead. I haven’t decided if I’m going to review specific trades or just wax-eloquent on the series as a whole, but I’m going to take a crack at it.

So be here next week when your ol’ pal Nick comes back with a real (not half-assed) review of Irredeemable, followed by a fully educated review for the Incorruptible series.

I know I’m looking forward to it.

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