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Review – The Terrifics #11 (DC Comics)

The Terrifics #11 (DC Comics) cover (detail) by Evan Shaner
The Terrifics #11
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8.4/10
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  • Writing - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 8.4/10
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Summary

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Viktor Bogdanovic
Inker: Viktor Bogdanovic & Jonathan Glapion
Colorist: Michael Spicer
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: January 2, 2019

Mr. Terrific is hunting down Doc Dread as he continues to hop to different Earths killing alt-universes’ Mr. Terrifics!

 

“Better Off Alone” The Terrifics #11

With the dark energy bond finally broken, Metamorpho, Phantom Girl, Plastic Man, and Mr. Terrific can finally go their separate ways. Mr. Terrific continues to hunt down Doc Dread as he is using one of his spheres to multiverse-hop and kill different Earths’ versions of Mr. Terrific. Phantom Girl is back on her homeworld of Bgztl; being away from home has changed her, and with an arranged marriage coming up she may want to leave again! Meanwhile, Metmorpho should be happy; his powers are gone and he looks normal. Finally, he can settle down with Sapph, get a real job and start their life together. Too bad he has no skills to get a job. Then there is Plastic Man, who tries to make amends with his estranged wife and son; that will probably go just as well as you are thinking. The gang finds out in The Terrifics #11 that being apart may not be as great as they thought.

Writing

The Terrifics #11 (DC Comics) cover by Evan Shaner
Cover by Evan Shaner

It has been forever and a day since I reviewed The Terrifics (issue #5 to be exact). I meant to keep up with it, but it got lost in the shuffle of things. So, I figured The Terrifics #11 starting a new story arc and all would be the perfect time to jump back in and see what is going on. I am happy to report that Jeff Lemire is still doing a bang-up job on this book! He continues to do some fantastic character work with everyone in this series. If you have ever read any of Lemire’s Black Hammer stuff from Dark Horse then you know he is great with this superhero “deconstruction” or what heroes are like when they are not heroes, so The Terrifics #11 plays right into his major wheelhouse.

I love the scenes of Plastic Man trying to reconnect with his wife and son. Those are some emotionally gripping scenes, but with Plastic Man’s inherent goofiness Lemire plays it almost with a dark comedy tone. The whole issue of The Terrifics #11 has that dark comedy tone to it. The different members are not in good situations, but it has this silliness to it as well.

The main plot of The Terrifics #11 has a nice setup as well. Why is Doc Dread killing all these different Mr. Terrifics? And how can he be stopped? Obviously, Lemire is going to have the team come back together, and that is half the fun of seeing them separated. So, it has me very excited to see how the team comes back together again.

Art

The Terrifics has had a host of rotating artists since the beginning, but they have all been good (well, as far as I have known since issue #5). Viktor Bogdanovic hops on board with The Terrifics #11, with Jonathan Glapion assisting on inks and Michael Spicer on colors. Bogdanovic is not a name I am familiar with, so this was my first exposure to his art, and it is a dandy style and fit for this series. He uses a white background, much like Greg Smallwood, though he does use black panel borders, unlike Smallwood. His panel structure is wonderfully done throughout the issue: nice angles and structure that ramps up the dramatics.

Bogdanovic has a nice detailed style, as well. I love the great cartooning on the characters’ faces. The scenes with Plastic Man and his son are extremely well-done, the way he contorts the faces and bodies to exaggerate the emotions being expressed with the stretching powers. Jonathan Glapion’s bold ink style helps out the issue extremely well. He brings out some key details in the facial work and in the background details. 

Michael Spicer also does some wonderful coloring work in The Terrifics #11. I am not sure how he does it but the issue feels bright and dark all at the same time. Like, there are a lot of bright, colorful things happening in some scenes and they look and feel that way, but he also adds in this dark tone as well that is great. It really helps develop that dark comedy tone I was feeling in the story.

Conclusion

The Terrifics #11 is a great jumping-on point for any new readers or anybody else that has happened to have fallen off this series. I personally really loved this issue. With the team broken up and gone their separate ways, we get to dig a little bit more into their personal lives and feelings, which Jeff Lemire excels at. The art is great as well, and I am looking forward to seeing more from this team. 


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