A new creative team, a new arc, and a new villain, all in a single issue of The Terrifics. That makes for a great issue after the long-winded arc we just finished up. Hopefully, this one moves along at a more brisk pace. Despite having some of my favorite heroes, and undoubtedly the best chemistry, things just flow better when the story is pushed into overdrive with these characters.
The way that Marvel has successfully built the slaughtering of the Valkyries into an event that could shift the entire war has been more than surprising. They’re usually not the greatest at event books anymore, always going for shock value and cheap surprises more than anything, but this has been brilliant. Continuing the amazing story that has been War of the Realms, even the X-Men have been pushed into this massive story, making it feel even bigger than before.
Undercover Superman is a pretty great Superman, but I’m not entirely sure why he would give up the ghost of his undercover identity being Superman so quickly. Even with a man he could barely trust to begin with. Now, Lois is missing and Leviathan is still moving three steps at a time, with Talia personally taking out the head of the D.E.O., Bones, after he survived the attack. This Leviathan business has been fantastic.
My biggest question going into this arc is who the identity of the comic book version of Arkham Knight is going to be. Will it still be Jason Todd, as in the video game? Or someone new and surprising? It seems we’ll find out sooner, rather than later as he’s already revealed his identity to Damian in a bid to win his support over Batman. Additionally, Knight already has the fealty of many of Batman’s rogues, making him even more dangerous to the Bat-Family.
Doctor Doom has been defeated once again, with a slight hint at an eventual romance for Johnny Storm, who absolutely deserves to be happy given everything he has gone through these last few years. Now that this arc has ended, the Fantastic Four can get involved in the War of the Realms, and I will be happy when that happens. They’re involvement in an event always pushed things further, and this is quite the battle the Earth is dealing with.
Uncle Sam is back, but unfortunately, so is Overman. This Elseworlds tale has been great, interpreted for modern readers in a way that really helps it stand out, yet still mesh with the greater DC Universe. I only hope that they eventually factor into something meaningful. This is an interesting team, with a cool dynamic, and that nostalgia factor for comic book fans that makes me want to keep reading. Plus, evil Superman is always a plus.
The Trickster’s greatest trick actually worked. He beat the Flash at his own game, getting away with the Rogues and all of the money they stole. Even ruining Warden Wolfe, which has been a long time coming, to be honest. Everything he set out to do, he succeeded in. That’s a nice change of pace. Now, a new force user has arrived, one who wields the Still Force, sending Flash to his past inside his own mind, with hints of Jay Garrick being shown. I’m very much excited for what happens next.
That was fantastic. With the time inconsistencies on Wally West’s body, it instantly made him a suspect in all of this, but to think he was not only the killer, but the mastermind behind everything that has happened is insane. He’s a smart kid who was forced off the deep end after not only losing everything he loved, but not even remembering it happened. Upon that realization, just as it would anyone… it broke him.
The War with the Otherkind has been moving along at a steady pace, but with the Lords of Order interjecting themselves as the true harbingers of doom in all this, one has to wonder if the Otherkind are still the real threat. Circe has things in play, manipulating events from the sidelines, while Constantine has been revealed as an underling of Zatara, working from the shadows to manipulate Zatanna into following her Father’s footsteps. This is layered storytelling at its best, that’s for sure.
It was obvious it was all leading to this, but with The Silencer wrapping up soon, this should lead into some interesting threads across the DC Universe. Leviathan is set to become far more than just a big-bad, with their takeover of the world in full swing across several other books. Where Honor Guest fits into that equation is the biggest mystery of all, at least for me.