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The Terrifics (2018) #1


I’m hard-pressed to find anything wrong with The Terrifics. It seems like a quirky DC series spun out of a major crossover event. They’d done a bunch of these series over the years. The Terrifics has a few different things going on, of course. Ivan Reis doing Plastic Man. Reis’s style shouldn’t work with the wackiness of Plastic Man. But it does, because it’s Ivan Reis.

And so there’s a varied principal cast–Mr. Terrific (hence The Terrifics), Metamorpho (the only time the issues stumbles is too much time spent with the Stagg family), a female Legion of Superheroes-looking hero. Jeff Lemire and Reis share a “storytelling” credit but I think one can still assume Lemire’s doing most of the writing. Lemire brings them all together in a witty, exposition-friendly style. There’s banter. Mr. Terrific’s the straight man, et cetera.

It’s perfectly good superhero comics.

It also is introducing Tom Strong into the DC Universe, which is morally problematic. Worse, given it’s Reis and Lemire and Terrifics is fine so far, what if they integrate Strong all right? If they fail, it’ll be just desserts. If they succeed, well. It’ll be a testament to the original creator’s ability to create characters.

I guess I’m curious enough to find out.

2 responses to “The Terrifics (2018) #1”

  1. Courtland Funke

    I came into this with the same issues. I’m hoping it goes well although I don’t really see Tom Strong as a character Moore created as much as one he appropriated for his own uses. I don’t take issue with them using the character but it was pretty underhanded the way they didn’t involve any of the original artists in the process.

    1. And lots of other people wrote Tom Strong w/ Moore’s blessings in the ABC days… so it’s not that dirty Promethea feeling.

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