Well, this is interesting. Incorruptible #5 sees the departure of previous artist, Jean Diaz. Seeing as how Irredeemable is packaged in four-issue trades, Incorruptible probably will be, too, which makes this the start of a new arc, in a sense. So, the new artist, Horacio Domingues, may render the issues in the second trade.
Domingues’ art is a bit inconsistent in this issue. He varies from a post-J. Scott Williams style to downright cartoony. It doesn’t really work for Waid’s street-level drama. In particular, Domingues’ Max Damage is problematic. Jean Diaz drew him with hard edges, and an action-figure look. This worked, especially given Max’s power, making him as unbreakable as he is. Domingues’ Max, however, is rounder, and often has that aforementioned cartoony look. It’s serviceable art, but it’s not as good as what we’ve been seeing.
Mark Waid’s written Incorruptible as more of a slow burn, focusing on the characters that are trying to do good in this post-Plutonian world. That continues here, as Waid spends the entire issue on a plan of Max’s. Max’s actions intrigue us, but it’s not quite enough to fill an entire issue. Waid does introduce us to a new character, but I doubt she’ll have much of a future in Incorruptible.
With Domingues’ problems and Max’s plan not being quite as intriguing as Waid would like, this is probably the worst issue of Incorruptible so far. However, Waid’s built up Max Damage’s universe enough to where I’m still excited for the next issue, and this one’s cliffhanger only increases that excitement.