The GeeksverseIncorruptible #1 (Artist Edition)

Incorruptible #1 (Artist Edition)
Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by

Mark Waid has spent a career deconstructing the myths of Superheroes, whether it is in the pages of his seminal work: Kingdom Come, exploring Wally West’s guilt in succeeding his fallen uncle and the burdens of carrying the mantle during his eight years on the Flash ongoing title, or having Doctor Doom embrace magic to combat the scientifically superior Mr. Fantastic and having the Human Torch take responsibility for the finances of Marvel’s first family.  Mark has created a legacy of breaking characters down and exploring what makes them tick and using that to build and have those characters grow and allowing the readers to see their well known heroes in a fresh perspective that doesn’t seem out of place or incomprehensible.

So it comes as no surprise that one of his first offerings during his time in Boom Studios dealt with that same topic more direct than any of his other works. Irredeemable became a critic success due to the approach Mark took in answering the question: What would happen if the world’s greatest hero suddenly turned on the world he swore to protect. Mark followed that up by turning that question around and showing the opposite: what if the world’s most notorious criminal became its greatest hero in it’s time of need.

Incorruptible has been as much a success for Boom as Irredeemable has. With The Plutonian now set for a showdown with Max Damage, Boom studios has rereleased Incorruptible #1 in a new Artists addition. This edition showcases the artwork of Jean Diaz and inker Belardino Brabo, having the panels in their black and white inked state before it makes its way to the colorist. Every panel shines in glorious black and white tones, with an extra eight pages in the back devoted to showcasing the various stages during the production of Incorruptible #1. Included in the back is the variant cover of Issue #1 from it’s original release, to showing the stages on certain pages, from rough initial pencils by Jean Diaz all the way to the final touches and even the final look with color from Andrew Dalhouse.

This book is about highlighting the talent of both penciller and inker, and as such does not contain any of the script for the issue (something I liked on the Batman: Year One special edition trade froma few years back). However, it is worth a look for anyprospeective artist or fan of the series who is interested in seeing the creation and completion of a brand new property. The inclusion of sketches on Max Damage from Neal Edwards should appeal to comic art lovers in showing what the initial idea vision of Max Damage was.

All in all, this is a book for either the hardcore fan of this series and/or those interested in getting into the medium. Not a tutorial but more a reference and example of what is involved in a comic books creation from concept to publishing.

Aside from that, there’s nothing really new in the pages of this edition.

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