Looking for some stellar stories for the comic book geek in your life? Our friends at BOOM! Studios have a few solid suggestions that should make it easy for you to find something – from kids stuff like Word Girl: Coalition of Malice to Stan Lee’s latest creations, Starborn, The Traveler and Soldier Zero. But of all the titles from BOOM! Studios you should be reading, there’s none I recommend higher than the brilliant Irredeemable.
Written by Mark Waid and illustrated mainly by Peter Krause, the series asks the question “What happens if Superman were to turn his back on the planet?” Superman, in Irredeemable‘s case, is a character called The Plutonian – longtime protector of the world who one day seemingly snaps and becomes its greatest enemy. Along the way, we see how his actions effect his former comrades in arms, his former arch nemesis and the world that once depended on him for safety and security.
Mark Waid is one of comicdom’s greatest writers – he’s never afraid to push the envelope and ask big questions. In Irredeemable, he not only pushes the conventional super hero story to its limits, he literally tears it apart. Sure, we’ve had alternate worlds in Marvel and DC where our most beloved heroes are someone on the side of evil. But there’s no other world in Ireedeemable – the one this superman has grown tired of is the only one they’ve got.
The Definitive Irredeemable Hardcover Volume 1 compiles the first twelve issues of the series in a gorgeous slipcase edition and is a pretty perfect way to get into the series. You will want to continue reading, though. I guarantee it. BOOM! Studios are currently having a holiday sale on their graphic novels, so you can pick up this edition for a pretty stellar $45 here. While you’re on the site you can also check out other great titles, including Planet of the Apes and I Thought You’d Be Funnier, specially priced bundles and, if you sign up for BOOM!’s mailing list, even more great deals. But, at the end of the day, for the superhero fan in your life, The Definitive Irredeemable Hardcover Volume 1 is the way to go.