The Terrifics #3 Review – Meet the Terrifics!
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Drawn by: Joe Bennett
Colored by: Marcelo Maiolo
Inked by: Sandra Hope, Jaime Mendoza, Art Thibert
Published by: DC Comics
Mr. Terrific and his team are back on this dimension, but it looks like they can’t be pulled apart… Literally! Michael tries to figure out a way to separate the team, but his research gets interrupted by the attack of The War Wheel! Can The Terrifics figure their way out of this mess? Or will their constant bickering stop them from working with each other?
Jeff Lemire’s writing remains top notch in this series. You can tell that he’s really excited to write about these characters and he captures everyone’s voices really well. He’s also started to introduce character conflict and shown us how the characters interact with each other, like Metamorpho’s relationship with Sapphire, the interactions between Michael and Linnya and Michael’s general attitude of “God, these people just can’t leave me alone”. That’s actually one of the complaints I have about this issue, because I’ve read previous stories with Mr. Terrific in them and he never struck me as a complainer or at least he wasn’t this annoyed with people. The book seems like it’s trying to turn him a little bit into Batman with his whole “Leave me alone I’m super cool” thing but it feels a bit off. The other problem I had with this issue was the villain, or rather, the lack of one. It’s a big wheel that shoots lasers.
Granted, that’s fun to see but we don’t yet know the real brains behind the operation. Although, to Lemire’s credit, he has teased a bit for what may happen in future stories and he’s combining their powers in really interesting and fun ways (this being one of the highlights):
Strong writing from a strong writer, no complaints there.
The art is a bit more of a thorny issue, because we’ve changed from Ivan Reis to Joe Bennett. I’ll give credit to DC (or the editor or whoever was behind the decision) for picking an artist that’s a bit similar to Reis, in terms of representing faces and body proportions. It was a smart choice, so the book doesn’t look too visually incongruous with itself and Bennett is a good artist who can nail what’s needed really well, particularly the two page spreads:
However… He is being compared with Ivan Reis, one of DC’s best artists. It’s an unfair comparison, certainly, but with New Age of Heroes being touted as “Artist Focused” and being all about these big, famous artists, it kind of sucks that we can’t have them around for long and we feel a bit cheated because of that.
The art is good but he’s going up against Reis’s beautiful pencils… It’s hard to compete, is what I’m saying.
Overall, this issue was really good. The art change is disappointing and the story itself is sort of average but the character interactions are so strong and it just has this spark of fun about it that you really want out of a comic. I give it a strong recommendation and advise you to pick it up.