Sunday, January 24, 2010

Comic Review: Irredeemable #10 (BOOM! Studios)

With the Plutonian on the run, The Paradigm's time continues to wind down as an old enemy returns.

In the wake of Charybdis', now under the name of Survivor, one on one battle with the Plutonian; the Plutonian has retreated and wanders the skies and cities with his formerly dead sidekick. As they sail through the clouds, the Plutonian reveals a part of his past which may have been the first drop in the well from which all this destruction has sprung. At the same time, Survivor and Kaidan are on a mission to recover a body while husband wife team Gilgamos and Bette Noir have troubles of their own when in the middle of an argument concerning the truth about Bette's and Plutonian's relationship causes them to be ambushed by an old enemy.

Ireedeemable #10 by Mark Waid is another solid issue in this compelling series, the revelations that come to light in these pages are sure to help readers piece together the puzzle that is the Plutonian. Ireedeemable has quickly become a favorite of mine with its unique perspective at a former hero who's turned his back on the people he once protected but what I enjoy most in this issue is the Plutionian's story of being unable to save a life and with that story lets the reader know there is still some bit of humanity inside a man who would kill millions of people just to prove a point. If this isn't on you pull list, add it today.

Writer: Mark Waid

Artists: Peter Krause and Diego Barreto

Rudy T.
Staff Reviewer

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Recognizing they've found an audience, the people behind Family Guy have followed up on 2007's "Blue Harvest" send-up of "Star Wars - A New Hope" with "Something, Something, Something Dark Side."

This time, the parody of "The Empire Strikes Back" has been released on DVD first, with broadcast not planned until spring. Family Guy has taken this route before with the "Stewie Griffin - the Untold Story" and the series has fared so well on DVD that sales famously resurrected the canceled show.

"Something ... " follows the successful formula of "Blue Harvest" by sticking mostly to the source material, using the inconsistencies and impossible situations to take barbs at the George Lucas franchise. Because the writers are so familiar with and obviously fond of the Star Wars saga, even the most hard-core fans wouldn't be so offended to not laugh along at the notion of thinking it's a good idea to attach power lines to walls made of ice.

Although firmly set in the Star Wars universe, the characters also retain much of their personalities from the show and there are enough running gags/moments to remind you that is Family Guy after all.

I've soured a bit on Family Guy over the years - running gags get stale and you reach a limit of how much of always trying to outdo itself or shock the audience you can take. But, as with "Blue Harvest," creator Seth MacFarlane and his crew are at the top of their game. Two releases in, I'm excited about seeing the finale of the original trilogy in "We Have A Bad Feeling," a table read from which is included as one of the DVD's extras.

The feature runs 54 minutes, 38 seconds and there are two full-length extras, a commentary and a "Pop-Up Video"-style version with all sorts of Family Guy "factoids."

The full list of extras:

Commentary by executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Mark Hentemann and David A. Goodman, writer Kirker Butler, director Dominic Polcino and actor Seth Green.

Family Guy Fact-Ups (Pop Up-Video style)

(9:13) The Dark Side of Poster Art Featurette - making of painting/art

(6:39) Animatic with commentary by Dominic Polcino

(49:24) Table read of Acts 1 and 2

(2:25) Sneak preview table read of "Episode VI: We have a Bad Feeling about this table read"

The Collector's Edition Gift Set also includes a nice (although plastic rather than metal) Thermos-brand lunchbox featuring the Family Guy characters in their Star Wars personae.

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