Incorruptible is a spin-off of Mark Waid's hit series, Irredeemable. The story here doesn't feel as epic as its predecessor, but that doesn't stop it from being just as entertaining. This story involves the common comic book topos of a hero trading places with a villain, but it's done in slow and calculated steps, instead of, say a sudden decision of, "hey, lets make Magneto a good guy!"
In this case, Max Damage, a former villain and enemy of The Plutonian, attempts to change his ways after witnessing The Plutonian destroy Sky City. Max and his sidekick, Jailbait, search the city to rescue Plutonian's ex-girlfriend, Alana, who is being held captive by Plutonian-worshiping racists. Damage and Plutonian have intricate reasons for choosing their differing paths, which makes them quite more relateable in the process.
As for the art, I'm not a big fan of constantly changing creative teams--especially within the span of four issues. Horacio Domingues pencils the first two sections (issues 9 and 10 from the series), while Takara pencils the last two. Additionally, two inkers and two colorists split duties as well. Thus, the work in this volume is somewhat inconsistent.
Domingues' art reminds me of a mix between the work of Frank Quitely and Geoff Darrow, but Takara's work seems to fit much more efficiently with this book for some reason. His dark, bold style, coupled with the smooth coloring, adds a needed boost to give the story a more dramatic feel. This series would step up a notch in quality if Takara was the steady artist, and not just a two-issue fill in.
Nothing jumped off the page and smacked me in the face like Irreedeemable did, but Incorruptible is still a solid book--especially when read alongside Irreedeemable. I’d like to see a more consistent art team, but Waid's writing is as good as ever as he ties this spinoff superbly into the still-unfolding Irreedeemable mythos.
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