Irredeemable #37 (8.5/10) Waid goes out with a smile

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Issue: Irredeemble #37
Mark Waid
Pencils: Diego Barreto
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: May

THE FINAL ISSUE OF MARK WAID’S SEMINAL SUPERHERO SERIES! Can the Plutonian, seemingly IRREDEEMABLE, find his salvation? What is the true definition of a hero? And can a world, ravaged by loss and carnage, ever believe in such an idea again? The stunning, breathtaking conclusion to Mark Waid’s Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated superhero saga. DO NOT MISS THIS FINAL ISSUE OF A MASTER WRITER’S TOUR DE FORCE!

Story: 9.5/10 • Artwork: 7.5/10 • Overall 8.5/1o
How does one wrap-up an idea that is as big and bold as Irredeemable in one issue, hero to villain, you don’t try! What Mark Waid does is execute a plan that was in place since 2009. If you read Waid’s introduction from Irredeemable #1 he talks about “Kingdon Come” and “Empire” are just two-parts of a trilogy of superhero philosophy. Irredeemable #37 is about connecting all those ideas and coming full circle.

A finale issue should bring closure to a series and give you hope for the future. In a very obvious way Waid wraps up the book and gives the reader a smile with the last page. The first half of the issue is a very generic superhero story, WE HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD! The second half is divide into parts, the wrap-up and the look to the future. The wrap-up is organic and not forced. Waid gives the reader a complete story and huge philosophical nut to chew on for the rest of the day.


As an eternal kid at heart that loves super heroes and what they stand for, the last two pages gave me the biggest smile in the world. The Irredeemable storyline is complete and I look forward to Waid’s next philosophical super hero tale.

Diego Barreto’s artwork is solid but nothing ground breaking. The splashed page worked really well to convey emotion and the magnitude of the situation. What didn’t work was the color of the book, it was too bright. If you compare the last issue to the first issue it is extremely bright. A darker tone would have worked better. What would have taking the book over the top is if the book progressively went from dark to light.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.