The Terrifics Truly Unite In Terrifics #13

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Mister Terrific has followed Java and his Dreadfuls to Earth-23, where Paula, Mister Terrific’s late wife, is the Ms. Terrific of this world. Michael and Paula make a narrow escape from the Dreadfuls which leads to a chase across the Multiverse. Meanwhile, Phantom Girl tries to rally the rest of the Terrifics to save Michael and reunite the team. Thankfully, Metamorpho, Element Dog, Plastic Man, and Eel’s son answer the call. Can the Terrifics save their leader?

Terrifics #13 cover by Jose Luis, Jordi Tarragona, and Ivan Plascencia
Terrifics #13 cover by Jose Luis, Jordi Tarragona, and Ivan Plascencia

Terrifics #13 finds Michael Holt reunited with his love and running from the Dreadfuls while Phantom Girl rallies the team.

It’s an issue that’s an uplifting issue, especially compared to the fairly dower and low-energy recent issues. The team seems to be turning into an actual team, with Phantom Girl becoming its heart and soul.

It’s also cool to see Mister Terrific meet and seeing the connection and intellect they share.

I’m still not sold on Java/Doc Dread as a true nemesis for Terrific and his team. It’s all just a little too goofy and brazen, even with the Frightful Four-esque Dreadfuls: Phantom Boy, Metalmorpho, and Plasma Man.

I am glad that Element Dog has stuck around. He is a very good boy. I’m also growing to like Plastic Man’s son, Luke (possibly codenamed Offspring).

Terrifics #13 art by Joe Bennett, Dexter Vines, Mike Spicer, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Terrifics #13 art by Joe Bennett, Dexter Vines, Mike Spicer, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Joe Bennett is the artist on this issue, and, just like with the recent Immortal Hulk, he proves to be an artistic powerhouse that can give a palpable texture and realism to the page while still maintaining the fun comic book-iness of it all. Mike Spicer keeps the color palette vibrant and fun to boot, and the resulting book looks, well, terrific.

Terrifics #13 injects the fun and energy back into the title, finding the team finally, after 13 issues, rallying together like a team and even, possibly, a family. There will certainly be bonding struggles ahead, but the team seems united for now. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Terrifics #13 comes to us from writer Jeff Lemire, artist Joe Bennett, inker Dexter Vines, color artist Mike Spicer, letterer Tom Napolitano, and cover artist Jose Luis with Jordi Tarragona and Ivan Plascencia.

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