Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Terrifics #13 Review and **SPOILERS**

Getting the Gang Back Together Again, Again

Storytellers: Joe Bennett & Jeff Lemire
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Jose Luis, Jordi Tarragona, Ivan Plascencia
Associate Editor: Andrew Marino
Editor: Paul Kaminski
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: February 27, 2019


It’s old unlucky number thirteen for this series, which might mean a reversal of its usual mediocre fortune! Actually, I think I was really mad at the last issue. But this one has a new artist, so let’s turn the page on those feelings, then turn the page on The Terrifics #13, which I have thought to review, right here!

Explain It!

Java and the Dreadfuls have Mr. Terrific on the ropes in Earth-23, promising to kill a version of his wife, Paula, who is the Ms. Terrific of this Earth. I wonder if she’s a super-scientis…oh, here come some T-Cubes, to save Michael Holt’s behind, and plus to get a little romance popping around here. Paula lost her husband, the Michael Holt of Earth-23, in the same way that Mr. Terrific lost his, and somehow their counterparts are seemingly identical, so the two of them scurry through the multiverse to escape the long arms of Metalmorpho and Plasma Man!
Meanwhile, on Earth-0, Lynna is getting the Terrifics back together, after receiving a multiversal distress call from Michael himself. Which is what happened last issue, more or less…but now they’ve actually convened, instead of being on their way to convene, so there’s some advancement to the story. Plus, Phantom Girl makes goo-goo eyes at Plas’ son, Jake, so there’s a little future intrigue there. And the Metamorpho dog has been named: Rexamorpho! Go ahead with that action figure now, DC, I am ready. Though it’s a bit overdone, I did like this scene because it really came off like these guys missed each other, even though I think they were only separated for like a week. But hey, sometimes that’s enough to make the heart grow fonder.
Mr. and Ms. Terrific skip through several universes to get away from the Dreadfuls, in an awesome sequence of panels that are wonderfully-rendered, but really just tease the reader. Ultimately, the Dreadfuls are about to pounce on the newly-paired boyfriend-girlfriend team, but then the Terrifics come beaming in to save the day! And it looks like whats-her-name from Tom Strong! And some other multiversal versions of these heroes? Seems cool.
I have to say two words about the visuals in this comic book: holy shit. This series has had some of comics’ best artists on it, and despite the story sometimes lacking, I’ve often said you could flip through it and get the impression of a fun comic. This is an issue that I suggest you buy based on the art and plotting alone. It is absolutely glorious, every bit of it evokes a golden age look with a more modern layout sensibility. The contents of this comic are already worth the cover price without reading the words. After having done said reading, I must say…this issue is okay. Better than a lot of recent ones. It’s setting up a few interesting relationships that I wouldn’t mind seeing develop, and it was fun to see Mr. and Ms. Terrific sliding through the Bleed. This comic just moves so glacially, it’s tough to get excited about seeing this stuff play out. But boy, that artwork. This is one fine-looking book for three bucks, I’ll tell you what.

Bits and Pieces:

The comic book that normally runs in circles develops some intrigue...while still running in circles. Fans of the series will want to hang on an issue or two longer to monitor new developments, but everyone with three expendable dollars should get this issue, just for the looking at. It's absolutely amazing.


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