Terminal Hero #1

Terminal Hero #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: August 6, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

With Shade: The Changing Man, X-Statix, Doop and of course Hellblazer under his belt, Peter Milligan is now taking on Terminal Hero! Rory Fletcher is a good man. The problem is, he's dying of an inoperable brain tumor. And then his best friend introduces him to the mysterious Treatment Q. This strange and forbidden therapy might just save Rory's life. But its nightmarish side effects could make him question just how good he really is, and just how much he really does want to live.  

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - ZXRoberts Aug 5, 2014

    Terminal Hero is one of the best books I have read in a little while and one I will follow until it ends. It appears Milligan is on top form and has a classic on his hands. It is not for everybody due to its plot and content such as a something Rory is accused of by a ghost (no details to avoid spoilers) but is a seriously strong book if it is your cup of tea. I suggest you run to your comic store and pick it up as soon as it is released. It has all the markings of a book we will all be discussing 20 years from now and possibly as a game changing series. I have never read anything quite like it but it has made a strong and lasting impression after one issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Aug 7, 2014

    Terminal Hero works fast and quickly takes Rory's few remaining days into a horrific spiral.  Getting super powers sounds awesome, but in this case the consequences are dire.  There's no telling what can happen to this man now that he's started down this path.  Milligan has created a dynamic origin story that is far more interesting than any of the clich super heroes out there today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Aug 4, 2014

    Again, this is a great pairing for a story like this. These two should be doing this kind of dark stuff. I fully predict that this is going to be an AWESOME ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 6, 2014

    Terminal Hero is really focused on the terminal part here and with the solid scripting and the style of artwork that Kowalski uses, it all has a very terminal feeling about it. There's a wasting away kind of acceptance to things with bursts of a struggle that's woven into it that works very well, even more so as we see him starting to get better but facing some other very difficult things to cope with when it comes to his powers. There's a pretty decent roller coaster ride of emotions here that he goes through and seeing it paired with an origin story that's not quite so simple and not quite so dark and brooding but rather human and tragic really drives the narrative well. Rory is that type of unexpected hero, presuming the hero part actually does get applied from the title, a reluctant sort who will find himself drawn into it. And that can make for some really engaging stories that I'm looking forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 10, 2014

    Milligan's first issue of Terminal Hero is a nice start in what looks to be a promising new series. If you go in looking for an atypical superhero book you should not be disappoint, this is not typical. The main character in this book becomes more unpleasant, and more unlikable, as the story goes on. Although there's some pacing problems, especially at the beginning of the book, Milligan still tells an engaging and compelling story that shows Dynamite is looking to make a mark with it's creator owned line of books. I did not like the main character involved, but I liked the story that Milligan and Kowalski are beginning to tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Aug 5, 2014

    All in all, a great start to a hopefully long run. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Aug 5, 2014

    The cover to this book, drawn by the wonderful Jae Lee, will no doubt entice readers to come inside to read the strange little story that is Terminal Hero #1. The concept will probably mess with your mind as you read this roller coaster of a first issue. While the art and pacing could use a little more precision and stability, the book is overall decent. Dark, dreary, and like rain on your wedding day with black flies in your chardonnay, Terminal Hero will crush that little thing you call a soul. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 8, 2014

    "Terminal Hero" is going to be one to watch, definitely. But I recommend it with some minor pause, because I'm not sure who this protagonist is that I'm agreeing to follow. The plan is clearly to sort that all out and have some sort of magnificent arc for the character, to be sure, but it'll take some doing for him to garner the requisite sympathies from readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 6, 2014

    Terminal Hero may have an intriguing concept, showing promise, but from this one issue alone I can't say I'm won over. Due to this I can't at the moment recommend this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Aug 7, 2014

    All in all, this first issue of Terminal Hero is a solid one. The title certainly gives indication of where the story is likely to head, but Milligan does well to take readers on a journey before that point. The story of Rory Fletcher looks to be a rough one, and it will certainly be interesting to see it unfold. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Erik Radvon Aug 8, 2014

    Signs of life are present in Terminal Hero, however more visits will be needed to make full sense out of all the pieces in its strange puzzle. Milligan fans and those drawn to Vertigo's sensibilities will love it, others might find it to be a bit too perplexing of a read. It's an original outing by two solid creators, and worth checking out for the Mature Readers crowd. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 5, 2014

    Terminal Hero #1 is a swing and a miss. There is potential in the premise and the artwork does help give the book an extra edge, but the writing and storytelling here is just so clunky. It needs a lot of work done before it's really worth considering a purchase and I just can't recommend it, even if you are a fan of this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Aug 6, 2014

    Terminal Hero looks to be a story with a lot of promise, but things unravel rather fast right out of the gate. Milligan looks to be building to a story more about what happens after the weird treatment has taken hold, so this is one well worth sticking with for a while. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 6, 2014

    I'm not sure why this book is called Terminal "Hero" either. Rory is clearly not a hero and if somehow turns into one" well I still wouldn't buy that. He's anything but heroic from beginning to end. Perhaps "Terminal Villain" would have been a better choice and not mislead the audience. Pick this up at your own risk. As for me I'll be wary the next time I see Milligan's name on a cover because this is just too many duds in a row to continue giving chances to him. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 7, 2014

    Terminal Hero #1 feels like so much wasted potential. Perhaps writer Peter Milligan can pull it together in the second issue, but I doubt it. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 11, 2014

    This series has a lot of promise, but this issue also shows signs of being a first issue wonder. Besides Rory, the rest of the characters are merely plot devices and that could get old real fast. The ending produced one of those uh-oh moments for Rory, with a little mystery sprinkled in, that will make it hard not to come back next month. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Aug 11, 2014

    I have loved Peter Milligan's work for as long as I can remember. Books like Shade the Changing Man and X-Statix shaped my tastes for years even after I read them. These feelings aside, I cannot in good conscious recommend Terminal Hero #1 to anyone. The hook is an interesting and the intention as a story about stripping cancer of its gruesome, ugly power is pure enough, but the execution is poor at best and insidious at worst. I understand that this may sound like hyperbole, but I challenge anyone to read this book and not feel grossed-out by Rory’s disregard for human decency during certain scenes. I challenge anyone to read the scenes with Emma and not feel ashamed at the sheer ugliness of her role within the story. Remember when your parents would say that they weren’t mad, they were just disappointed? Well, I’m not mad at Peter Milligan - just very, very disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    the green death Aug 6, 2014

    A good intro to a strange story with a conflicted main character who is going through hell. Reminds me a little of Harbinger, if that series happened to an older guy and not a bunch of kids.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Aug 8, 2014

    There are some good ideas here, but the pacing feels a little rushed and the main character is not terribly relatable. Future issues could build a good story arc from here, but I have my doubts.

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