Eric Wallace’s 8-issue Mister Terrific series was one of the 52(-ish) titles introduced by DC Comics last fall as their new and rebooted superhero line of comics and was one of my favorites of the group while it was running. Gianluca Gugliotta was the main penciler for the series and his work with Wallace’s scripts were pure, unadulterated magic and this story they did is criminally underrated.
Gugliotta’s Michael Holt is sleek and Olympian, every bit the nearly-robotic perfection Mister Terrific is capable of while still hitting the completely human moments that make this superhero so human. Eric Wallace brings us the absolute best version of the character possible: powerful but passionate, self-doubting and self-assured by turn. Issue 5 delved – very poignantly – into trans* issues with an alien who was shunned by their species but ultimately had a destiny greater than they could have imagined and ability that couldn’t be denied. It’s actually one of my favorite individual issues of all time and part of the reason I’m so vehemently suggesting this series to people.
This comic was damn good and is even more fantastic as one collected story (which is out now at your local comic shops at an amazing price). It never was quite advertised adequately to find the right audience for it so I beg you to give it a go now (and follow Michael’s further adventures in Earth-2 as well)! Buy a copy for yourself, your niece who loves science, and for your local library, it really is that good.