|That's a cool cover.|
What is Decompression?
Clearly, when it comes to decompression opinions can be mixed, with one person thinking an event comic does over eight issues what should have only taken six at the most (Secret Invasion was a slog), and others wishing the creators would take more time with a storyline, letting us fully enjoy the happenings.
|Nowadays it would be a number of issues before we see Spidey in his costume.|
An Absurdly Fast Pace
"Terminal Hero" has done more over the course of its first three issues than some comics do in a year, and it is only halfway done. In just the debut issue alone, our protagonist, Rory Fletcher, learns he has an inoperable brain tumor, has a friend with hacker-connections gain access to a recipe for a chemical cure another scientist created that might help Rory, gives Rory this cure, finds some nasty side-effects occur when Rory ends up becoming dangerously unstable (he starts getting violent urges and seeing ghostly images of his dead sister), and then Rory ends up killing his friend at the end of the issue right before being confronted by government agents. That's a lot of stuff.
Oh, and the second issue has him running multiple missions for the agents, interacting with the only other person to take the cure (its inventor), having more hallucinations, and then faking his death. The third issue is relatively less crammed with stuff, instead focusing on Rory as he tries to pretend to be someone else, confronting a hallucination that claims to be his tumor made flesh, and being unaware that two other people have gained powers too--so yes, less, but still a great deal of story.
|A rare quieter page in the first issue of "Terminal Hero".|
Perhaps I just can't be satisfied. After all, so often I complain I wish comics moved at more of a brisk speed and then I get a series that seems to dash along and want to bemoan that I would prefer it were more decompressed. Still, I just imagine that if this much has happened over only the span of three issues, what could the remaining half of the series hold? This is slated to only go those six issues, but I feel "Terminal Hero" would have been perfect given 12 or so to breathe. Then again, Peter Milligan is someone who generally does what he wants, so I wouldn't think anyone demanded he only make a six-issue mini-series, this was probably just what he wanted to do.
In the end, I still think "Terminal Hero" has been a good comic so far, and even if I wish it had been a bit more decompressed I'm not that upset at how I get so much story in just a single issue. I just guess that "Terminal Hero" illustrates that for all those times I've complained about wanting my comics to be less decompressed, they could always suffer from the opposite problem. As much as I hate the saying, I suppose, "The grass is always greener on the other side," applies here quite well.