Looking at the Terrifics

|by Michael Tennant|


Three issues in is about when you should have a decent sense of how you feel about a new series. With Jeff Lemire’s THE TERRIFICS series for DC Comics, I am still not quite there yet.

Going in, as I have written before, I was thrilled. The concept seemed solid. I like, if not love, the characters involved. In fact, when I heard that Tom Strong would be featured I was even more excited.

Yet, still, something just is not clicking. This is not a bad series by any means, it is just missing something.

Honestly it is frustrating. With art by Ivan Reis and Joe Bennett over the first three issues, and words coming from Lemire, you have certain expectations.

TerrificsAnd still I feel it is just not hitting the right notes. Mr. Terrific seems to be channeling his best Batman. I honestly do not remember him being this selfish and dismissive. Metamorpho is Metamorpho and honestly Plastic Man is not as manic as I expected. However, this third issue seems to be onto something, though with the alternate Metamorpho and, of course, ‘Holy War Wheel, Batman’ was just fun.

That is exactly what this book needs:  a little more fun and a little less cranky Mr. Terrific. The last panel call back to Tom Strong can only be good.

I think this book can be outstanding. I honestly feel that they can hit the ground running with Doc Shaner taking over the art duties beginning with the next issue.

The world-building is complete. The mysteries are out there. It’s time to start exploring.


Michael Tennant
After discovering Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #239 as a young man, Michael never looked back. Armed with a passion for journalism and a thirst for knowledge, he still talks to his imaginary friends.

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