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Revealed in a Newsarama interview, Maid Waid will end his two creator-owned series from BOOM! Studios later this year in May. Irredeemable and Incorruptible, telling the stories of a world’s hero becoming a mass murderer and one of its worst criminals rising up to protect people, began back in 2009 and have both been met with critical acclaim since then. Despite remaining successful series, Waid has made the decision to conclude both.
“Okay, really, truly — I’m just stretched thin right now both personally and professionally, and I live in mortal fear that I’m going to overstay my welcome on these books. Moreover, I feel that Max Damage’s character arc is reaching its end in Incorruptible. And in Irredeemable, I’ve long known what the end of that series is, and lately, it’s as if all the characters are moving into position for it whether I want them to or not. So let’s go out big and grand, I say,” Waid describes his reasons for ending the two titles.
It will be a shame to see these books end, but the series creator probably knows best. As a reader of Irredeemable and Incorruptible, it is honestly hard to argue with Waid’s logic. There has been the sense lately that the two lead characters are nearing the end of their respective journeys. Having driven humanity to the brink of extinction, the Plutonian’s former reputation as Earth’s greatest hero has been thoroughly corrupted. Meanwhile, Max Damage’s unwavering heroism has just about reached the point of redeeming his past actions as much as they could ever be redeemed. The Plutonian and Max Damage have basically completed their transformations from hero and villain to villain and hero. Waid has provided us with a genuinely interesting ride, but he’s right in believing that the destination is now in sight.
Waid leaves open the possibility of revisiting the world he has created here in future projects, but it doesn’t sound like anything is currently in the pipeline. Everything is instead focused on the big finales in which Max Damage’s new morals are put to the test and the Plutonian tries to get away with everything he has done.
Irredeemable and Incorruptible end with a bang in May.