There is a new creative team on The Terrifics with the latest issue, and, well, it shows.
Up to this point, the book had been given a very different appearance than most DC books, often doing pages with four panels. It was highly reminiscent of Kirby, even if the content of those panels was not.
With this issue, the series looks, and feels, more like a typical DC book.
That is not to say this is now a dreadful book. But it’s not such a “Terrific” one, either.
I did really enjoy the discussions/dates that Michael and Paula have, and that neither is descending into Vertigo-like madness. They have an attraction, they were married to alternate reality versions of each other, but both are aware that the person they are now with is not the same as the one who died. Michael’s determined atheism is contrasted with Paula’s spiritual side. On the one hand, I appreciate this, being a strong atheist myself. On the other, in a comic book universe where gods are frequently interacting with humans, the atheist is always going to come out looking wrong.
I noticed that Paula’s hero name has been altered from Mrs Terrific to Ms Terrific, which I think is an improvement. The “Mrs” would make the reader perceive the Holts as a couple, no matter what is actually going on in their relationship. The “Ms” defines Paula more clearly as an independent actor.
Simon Stagg always makes for a fun villain, and I am glad to see Yuan is putting him to use.
I did enjoy this issue. And I hope it continues to achieve the heights that the first 14 issues did. It’s not exactly the same book it was before, but for now, it’s close enough.