After a great number-one, THE TERRIFICS has seemed to stumble.
Jeff Lemire and Ivan Reis seem to bank on the mystery that is TOM STRONG. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as I think it was the strong point in the issue. Though, it was something that was gone as quickly as we turned the first page. Knowing that this first arc is three parts, it leads me to believe that the mystery in general could be over next issue, which might not be best for the title as a whole if this issue was any indication to how things will unfold going forward.
The similarities between THE FANTASTIC FOUR and THE TERRIFICS is beyond canny, and has you sitting there rolling your eyes thinking, “Alright, I get it,” and it makes me wish that the four weren’t as similar to the former as they are. It would’ve been nice to see a bit more of difference, and I think it could’ve breathed a bit fresher breath of air into the dynamics of the team.
Besides Tom Strong, another focal point of the issue was Reis’ work. He’s an easy Top-10 contender of artists currently in the industry and is shining so far on this title. Marcelo Maiolo (who I’m most familiar with from his days with Van Jensen and Bernard Chang on GREEN LANTERN CORPS) added a great level of pop to Reis’ art, and made each page fascinating to look at. Sometimes the art alone is worth the cover price, and I think that this issue definitely falls under that category as the story underdelivered.
The ending of the issue was another focal point to the story for me. As we saw that MR. TERRIFIC was going to leave the others so he could study the antenia they brought back with them, we get what could be a very interesting twist to the story going forward. The four — Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl — are pulled back to one another.
This chain of events soldifies the four as a team, but overall it’s completely unknown why (besides it being a result of what happened to them in the DARK UNIVERSE) or what is the cause. I think it brings about an interesting possiblity, as the four can’t get too far away from one another and limits them to being in one another’s vicinity. It could ultimately cause rifts in the team, as well as make it difficult for them to get tasks done.
There’s definitely room for improvement, and I hope to see some come next issue. Mainly because this issue wouldn’t be enough to keep me on board if it were deeper into the series.