Irredeemable #7 (Boom! Studios)
By Mark Waid, Peter Krause & Dan Panosian
The Plutonian has Charybdis in his clutches, and the hero doesn’t seem to have much hope — until he begins picking the madman’s brain, reminding him of a case they once shared together. The remaining heroes find even more shocks at Tony’s base, and we see one of the biggest events that helped shoved the Plutonian past the breaking point. I’m really quite impressed that, with a title that’s been so heavy on backstory since day one, Mark Waid is still managing to pack each issue with real surprises, real jolts to the system that shed light on things and surprise the reader at the same time. The reveal about Charybdis and his brother this issue is a nice little shocker, but it fits in perfectly with this title’s overall tone of deception. Peter Krause continues to prove himself here, with strong characters, highly expressive faces, and energetic layouts. He’s one of the most underrated artists working. As I’ve come to expect, this issue succeeds on just about every level.