THE TERRIFICS Issues 3-10

As part of my 2019 reading goal, I decided to start catching up on some of my back issues.

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First on the list was Terrifics 3-10.  I decided to pick this up and keep it on the pull list mainly because I like team books and Jeff Lemire is my favorite author, from when I first read Black Hammer I knew this was a guy I needed to read more of his work.  Art is done by many artist over this 8 issue run including:  Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Sandra Hope, Joe Bennett, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jose Luis, and Dale Eaglesham. I think the coolest thing is that they put the artist and author in as storytellers and have both name with Jeff Lemire second in every issue.

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Pros:

  • This book is fun.  It’s pretty odd ball, but not quite Doom Patrol odd ball.  I don’t know much about the characters but I enjoy all of them.  I like how Mr. terrific is the worlds 3rd smartest man, Metamorpho is angry and full of elements, Phantom Girl is a teenage girl who shifts in and out of the dimension and Plastic Man is in it for the comic relief who can mold into anything.
  • The Terrifics are working as a team.  A lot of team books don’t utilize them working as a team.  People just kind of do things on their own to get things done.  The Terrifics work as a team, from Plastic Man becoming a sling shot and shooting Metamorpho at the bad guy, while phantom girl destroys the guns and Mr Terrific uses his third best intellect in the world to try to stop it.  It’s just good clean teamwork!
  • They give a shout out to my wife’s home town of Belmont, MI even if the pictures of it don’t look anything like the actual town(think small city Michigan, a few stores but mostly just houses)
  • The artwork is great.  I feel like it has to be so fun to draw a book with Plastic Man as he has so many fun things he can do.  But from shifting between worlds and getting to do different styles this book is what you want to see, and the fact that they change up to so many different artist without much notice is really good.  I’ve read books with multiple artists and when the art changes between issues it gets hard to read sometimes.
  • The writing, for me anything Jeff Lemire does outside of Valiant stuff I’m going to read at least a little of it.  While I did get behind I think this book is better to read in a sitting. I’m also really into the long going small story happening with Plastic Man and his son, and Mr Terrifics family and what happened to them which is still building in every issue.

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Cons:

  • Biggest issue I had with this book was the first few issues they seemed like stand alone issues that needed something to be done, but it was done offline.  While they talked about talking to Green lantern and how Phantom Girl Decides to leave her home planet they don’t show it and it seems kind of lazy… I get they probably have a timeline, but as a reader it didn’t transition well and I feel like this would upset me if I was reading weekly, I’d probably be more likely to drop the book.  After issue 5 or 6 however the book picked up it’s stride and started to flow a bit better.
  • I am kind of confused as how the team will work with Metamorpho being a human again, but I’m excited to see how it pans out and hopefully brings a little more of a story to the book.

Overall: 3.5/5 I think this is a pretty fun book.  If you are looking for a light hearted fun in a fasted paced team book with some heart in it this is for you.  

What are your 2019 reading goals?  Anything you want me to read or catch up on this year?  Any book you’d like me to review?  Hit me up on Facebook or let me know in the comments!

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