TPBs and Comics Collections

I planned to do something else but after two days at the Nevermore festival (movies to be reviewed next weekend) and a lot of unrelated schedule disruptions, I’m just going with reviews.
IRREDEEMABLE vol. 3 by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (I previously read Vol. 8) opens as Charybdis of the Paradigm super-team has just defeated the seemingly invincible Superman—er, Plutonian. So everything should be copasetic, but the team’s internal divisions and personal failings result in them falling apart even without an adversary. Good, though I still prefer Incorruptible‘s story of redemption to this series’ story of collapse.
The penultimate ninth TPB of IRREDEEMABLE (Mark Waid, Diego Barreto) is actually a crossover with Incorruptible as we look at the origins of both Plutonian and Max Damage and how they interact (though Max never puts all the pieces together), courtesy of Plutonian’s ET parents as they prepare to put him where he can’t hurt anyone any more ever (“Epiphany is not the same as absolution, child.”). Good—from the volume below, it looks like he will, in fact, redeem himself at the end.
INCORRUPTIBLE Vol. 7 by Mark Waid and Damian Couceiro wraps up the series as the Plutonian saves everyone, Max finally gets some perspective (“If he saved us, the world isn’t depending on just me—I don’t have to be perfect!”) and the world begins to rebuild. A bit too warm-and-fuzzy (ignoring past assertions Headcase is seriously messed up, for instance) but thumbs up overall.
BATMAN: Death by Design by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor has Bruce Wayne’s decision to tear down a Gotham landmark bring opposition from architectural preservationists, a crooked union leader and the Joker. A good-looking story, but the Joker’s inclusion feels forced just to give us a name adversary.
CONAN: The Hand of Nergal by Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello is an expansion of one Robert E. Howard untitled story fragment in which a scheming sorcerer’s plan for immortality leads to monsters walking the streets and the army Conan signed up with getting slaughtered on the battlefield. The L. Sprage deCamp/Lin Carter story Hand of Nergal does a lot better with this material (even though I’m not usually a fan of their work)—this never really comes close to fulfilling the eerie tone of the original.

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