Note: Irredeemable #13 arrives in stores Wednesday, May 5.
Just as Jean Diaz leaves Incorruptible, Peter Krause’s art fails to grace this issue at all. Diego Barreto, who’s been filling in choice segments in the last few issues, takes over completely here. Barreto is a suitable replacement for Krause. He lacks the Silver Age vibe, but he sports a more contemporary style that’ll probably be more pleasing to most fans. His storytelling is competent, and he even manages to squeeze a few unique layouts in there as well.
Last issue, we saw Paradigm captured by the terrified military. Waid takes a break from that thread and instead takes more time to flesh out Bette Noir’s character, as she reminisces about the consequences her mistake cost the world. Some may tire of this narrative technique, as these flashbacks are prevalent in Irredeemable. Waid pulls it off, though. He continues to build up this world and it’s intriguing inhabitants, while exploring deeper ideas. With Bette’s mistake, Waid reminds us of Einstein’s famous quote: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Waid and new artist, Diego Barreto, complete another solid issue of this good series. Waid continues to entertain, while provoking our thoughts and haunting our dreams. Really, all of that “Mark Waid Is Evil” promotion was true. If you thought the Plutonian vaporizing that baby was bad, this issue is just plain disgusting. But, like any good car crash, we can’t help but watch.