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Mr. Terrific #3

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

Brainwave takes over Brainiac's shtick. He wants to "ingest" intelligence. That's fairly close to Brainiac's aims. Although Brainiac is more of a crazed collector of data and possesses no emotions. Brainwave, on the other hand, appears to derive sadistic pleasure and sustenance from intellectual capacity. 

Your Brain Is a Wonderland

The battle between the two intellectual titans ends on a note that was old hat even when it was exploited in later period science fiction pulps. Writer Eric Wallace tries to add a twist through Brainwave's revelation to Michael. Brainwave's secret however isn't enough to imbue the final meeting between the two foes with the intended oomph. As a result, you feel that the build up in issue two was far better than the climax and the conclusion. 

Body's Not So Shabby Either

I think I would have preferred it had Mr. Terrific used only muscle to end Brainwave rather than just get a few licks in as part of Brainwave's ultimate plan and spazz out upon learning the reveal. Brainwave's personal connection to Mr. Terrific was tenuous enough to be dropped entirely, and the resulting dissolution in the populace just seems tacked on.

Wallace furthermore doesn't wring out all the potential drama from Mr. Terrific having to deal with innocent people taken over by Brainwave. That may be due to the absence of regular artists Giancula Gigliotta and Wayne Faucher. Scott Clark's artwork is decent, but it's clearly rushed, and I think the better story perhaps was sacrificed to meet a deadline. 

Hopefully, the second story involving interdimensional beings will be much more engrossing. Clark's design for these creatures already appears to be more polished than the entirety.


Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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