Book The Ninety-Eighth

Irredeemable by Mark Waid

After a lifetime of saving an ungrateful populace, Earth’s greatest super hero, The Plutonian, has snapped and decided that, being the most powerful being on the planet, he may as well just do whatever the hell he feels like. And he has years of pent-up frustration, anger and resentment that need releasing.

Mark Waid has written Superman, and more than that is an acknowledged Superman fan, and here he simply presents a slightly more logical portrayal of what would happen if the Nietzschean nightmare that is superheroism was real. Having read the issue of Superman where Clark Kent comes out of the closet, so to speak, to Lois Lane, I can honestly say that Waid’s portrayal of what would happen if an investigative journalist found out that the dashing superhero she was crushing on was really the creepy guy from the office who had been making moon-eyes at her for years is far and away the more realistic.

This was a great read, but, being a collection of the first five issues of a much longer series, it did end part way through the story. Of course, that just made me eager to read more, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next collection.

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