Waid started both in 2009 with the latter spinning out of the former. Irredeemable saw The Plutonian, a Superman-type character go to the dark side. Likewise, Incorruptible saw Max Damage, a Batman-like character, turn from an all-powerful supervillain into one of the good guys.
Waid tells Gagnon that the time just seems right and that both characters will go out with a boom!
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.
The final arc of Irredeemable takes place in issues #34 through #37, with Incorruptible #27 through #30.
Waid offers readers the following in regards to the end:
In Incorruptible, Max’s newfound morals are put to the ultimate test as he has to stop a citywide anarchy spurred by the panic of the people of Coalville who now know certain nuclear death is on the horizon — literally on the horizon, as the radiation plague unleashed in Irredeemable sweeps North America.
And in Irredeemable, a character thought forever lost returns to recruit Plutonian into helping save the Earth from the plague — and to do so, he (or she) has to make a bargain with Plutonian that turns the entire series premise upside-down and changes everything. Literally, everything. All towards an ending I’ve been building towards for over three years, one that even you don’t know about, yet, Matt — because I love surprising you.