Mister Terrific: The 1st Smartest Book of the DCnU

(Art by Cully Hamner, DC Comics)

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.

(Pencils by Gianluca Gugliotta, Inked by Wayne Faucher, Colored by Lovern Kindzierski; DC Comics)

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One thought on “Mister Terrific: The 1st Smartest Book of the DCnU

  1. That’s a situation I found myself into a lot of times. I often like comics that people don’t buy, or dislike others that people are all excited about. And I could say the same thing for movies, music and so on. I like niche products, that’s all. A good example of what I’m saying is my passion for Grifter. Do you remember the action movies in the 90s? There was a Rambo – like leading character (usually played by Stallone himself, or by Schwarzenegger) forced to fight against innumerous enemies: any other man would have been doomed, but our hero, with his guns, muscles, fight techniques and (last but not least) brain, was always able to find a way out. Grifter has the same storyboard, it is the exact translation of those movies in the comic book language: no matter how many enemies he has to face and how complicated their plans are, you can be sure Grifter will find a solution to all his problems. The stories are easy but well written, and the art is simply explosive. Edmonson’s run was amazing, especially from the 4th issue on, and Liefeld’s one got off on the right foot, so I’m very satisfied with this series so far. It is definitely one of the best DC comics right now, so I can’t understand why it doesn’t sell: it should be at the top of the list of every comic book lover.

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