Review: Mister Terrific #1

Written by Eric Wallace, Art by Roger Robinson, Cover by J.G. Jones

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The world’s third-smartest man – and one of its most eligible bachelors – uses his brains and fists against science gone mad in this new series from Eric Wallace (TITANS) and Roger Robinson! Michael Holt is the head of a successful high-tech corporation and an institute that recruits and encourages the finest minds of the next generation to excel. As Mister Terrific he inhabits a world of amazement few others know exists, let alone can comprehend.

Bias: The writer has stated that the stories would quickly be cosmic in scope. Intelligent characters working in a cosmic arena are one of my all-time favorite subgenres. I’m looking forward to this, though I am a bit concerned that each of the first three issues has a different artist. I hope they find a permanent artist soon…

What I liked: The opening sequence was great. The backstory of the visitor he received was intriguing. I felt there was a lot of potential with the story, now that (hopefully) all the set-up is over with.

What I disliked: It was too disjointed. There was an attempt to segue into each new segment, but it felt forced. There was also too much explanation – the comic really hooked me with the open, but then ignored it and moved on to less interesting stories…

Verdict: Giving it a Second Issue.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. The opening sequence was my favorite scene in the comic: it was action packed, talked about an investigation that would be interesting, and the fact that it was set in London gave the comic a bit of scope – his investigations aren’t limited to US companies; Mr. Terrific is a player on the world scene. Unfortunately, nothing came of the investigation (we’re left to assume, I suppose, that the fact that he revealed the weapon that it’s over and done with – which is kinda sad, given that I would’ve loved to’ve seen more of this…)

    After that, unfortunately, things go downhill, with only the occasional glimmer of potential. Paula, dying, explaining that Michael has to educate the world like he educated her and would’ve educated their son. The top of that page could’ve been dropped in favor of showing us how he educated her – showing us their love instead of telling it to us.

    The next scene, where he meets his future (alternate universe?) son was pretty good, though it seemed to set-up that Michael should be devoting himself to his company and the goal of “educating the world,” rather than being a super hero…

    I disliked the description of what’s happening to people – or where people’s concerns about it were. “They’re getting smart! Why?” Isn’t it more of a problem that they’re being assholes and attempting to kill people? Sounds more like they’re being turned into sociopaths, with a side effect of being made more intelligent…

    And the scene between Karen and Aleeka was just downright painful. And that’s not even mentioning what Karen said: her and Michael are just friends? It sure looked like they were pretty intimate in his apartment previously – her not wearing pants and him without a shirt, not to mention him sharing intimate details of his life.

    So…as you can see, there was a lot I disliked about the comic, and yet, for all that, I still felt there was potential. I’m hopeful that, now that the groundwork has been laid, we can get on with the story…so I’m giving it a second issue to do just that.

    As for the mysterious, hooded figure, she’s on the far right of the second panel down of page 4, in the midst of a crowd.

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