July 25, 2012
Judging the New 52 #9: Mister Terrific
Truth be told there was nothing particularly exceptional about Mister Terrific, but it was solid and well written and had competent if not outstanding artwork. In the early months of the New 52, however, with Wonder Woman falling from superheroics into Greek mythology, the Joker having his face carved off in Detective Comics, the Justice League acting like assholes and Aquaman constantly having to demonstrate "no really, guys, I'm awesome!" to his already on-side readers, Mister Terrific felt like a breezy wind of fresh air. It was a superhero comic, with a reasonably well-adjusted guy with cool powers fighting colourful supervillains. Sometimes that's exactly what I want from a superhero comic.
It would be easy to chastise DC for cancelling yet another solo title featuring a hero of colour. It doesn't help that DC cancelled Static Shock the same month. On the other hand, at least they tried, and knowing DC they'll probably try again in the future. With Mister Terrific, or with somebody else. The trade paperback has been released, conveniently collecting all eight issues in a single book. It's decent superhero fun.