The finale to Jeff Lemire’s run on The Terrifics is here, and both Lemire and Joe Bennett give a fantastic finale to the opening run of the team. Lemire ties it all back neatly while leaving it open for the next writer, Gene Luen Yang, all brilliantly brought to the page with Bennett’s pencils. It’s a fantastic collaboration.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
The Terrifics are back! Metamorpho, Phantom Girl and Plastic Man have reunited to save their long-lost leader Mr. Terrific and the heroic multiversal Mrs. Terrific to bring the ruckus to Doc Dread and his team of Dreadfuls. This is going to be a melee for the ages, in this epic conclusion to over a year of Terrifics comics stories! The fate of the Multiverse hangs in the balance–so don’t miss this issue!
Tell me about it!
Over the course of fourteen issues, Jeff Lemire has built up the Terrifics from a ragtag team assembled by coincidence with no connection to a team that comes together willingly and even has their own motto! The transformation from strangers to an almost familial bond has come naturally and without feeling forced, and each member has their strengths and weaknesses and their own dynamics between them. Seeing this big battle of multiple multiversal versions of the main cast fighting is a fantastic way to end the tenure on the run even with bringing in Tesla Strong, which ties back to the start where Tom Strong was part of what started the whole events of the series. Each character that appears has a purpose within the issue, no matter how big or small, and fulfills that purpose exactly.
The art within this issue by Joe Bennett is on the level of how good his Immortal Hulk work is. He’s put the utmost effort into it despite also drawing the aforementioned series twice monthly at the same time with no noticeable dips in either book. Each character looks distinct enough despite there being two versions of each character. Their designs are precise and varied enough to know exactly who is who with facial expressions also being key in each panel and showing that they all have different emotions and ways of expressing themselves. Everything from the use of panels to splashes is masterfully put together to create a great finale to this section of the run. While before I may not have liked Bennett’s art for how horrifying it makes Plastic Man look at times, it works really well with his vampire counterpart and within the issue Bennett actually makes the main Plastic Man look much less horrifying.
This finale for Lemire’s tenure on The Terrifics is brought to live through a great collaboration with Joe Bennett and ends…well, Terrifically!